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Spiritual Classics: Reading With The Heart

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Many Christians today are seeking a deeper understanding of God. They want their faith to be meaningful in everyday life; to walk closely with the Lord and to live out the Gospel message. An important resource for Christ-like growth is the great wealth of writings from Christian writers past and present. The readings in Spiritual Classics have been carefully selected, acco ...more
Paperback, 431 pages
Published 2000 by Fount (first published October 4th 1999)
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Neil Coulter
Richard Foster has given a great gift to Christians with his two volumes of readings from Christian history: Devotional Classics, and this one, Spiritual Classics. Spiritual Classics is organized according to the spiritual disciplines, as Foster outlines them in Celebration of Discipline. Some of the readings fit exactly the discipline theme, while others seemed to have a more tangential connection to the disciplines under which they were grouped. Each reading is short (I think generally shorter ...more
Thirty years ago I read Richard Foster's "Celebration of Discipline" and he helped me in forming a disciplined life of meditation, self-care, and spiritually-directed thinking. It was an excellent influence on my life. This book, which he and Griffin edit, does not provide the same rich spiritual resource as his older books. Only 3 of the 52 people he reviews find their way into my psyche as guides/friends. And unfortunately some of my old friends, such as G.K. Chesterton and de Chardin are not ...more
Don't get me wrong, this is a wonderful book, but I didn't really use it according to instructions, and honestly I don't know whether I would have liked it more or less if I had.

The selected readings from spiritual authors from the late Church Fathers to the 20th Century were ecumenical in scope and generally of great quality and insight. I'd say there were about a third of the readings I just didn't connect with, but that's ok. I have to admit, though, that the readings really aren't intended
Lisa Murray
I read this over the last year (1 section for each month) with a group of women. While I didn't always appreciate the excerpts chosen (but often I did), I found the dialogue around it stimulating. And I appreciated Foster's commentary at the end of each entry as well as the author's bio at the beginning. They really helped provide context. Best of all this didn't mandate specific practices so much as ask questions about how to live and grow each of the disciplines identified.
I haven't actually finished this book, but I borrowed it from a friend and had to give it back because we are moving away. I really enjoyed and was encouraged by this book thus far. I like how each selection is organized: a little bio, a selection of the person's writing, a passage of scripture, some group/individual exercises (which I usually skipped over, honestly) and then a word from the editor about the selection. I particularly appreciated that each selection was paired with a passage scri ...more
Chuck Cova
Another book that sat on my shelf for years before I was drawn to it in early 2014. Used it as a devotional over several months. The selected readings from each of a dozen or so Spiritual disciples, and authors from many genres and ages, are great, but Richard Foster's thoughts on each make this an extra special book.
Nicholas Seders
It is difficult to write a review for this book, as it compiles many different writings. Some of the sections were excellent (Chesterton, Hopkins, Augustine, etc.), while others were awful; I am giving the collection two stars based on the overall quality of excerpt selection. This low rating no way reflects the work of the outstanding authors that are included!
David Ryan
Read this book sometime ago, but appreciated the readings and insights that they bring to things such as fasting, worship, prayer, etc.
I found articles that really spoke to my heart directly from the Spirit. Other selections were a challenge to read, but worthwhile. There are few places where you can get such a tasty,wide cross section of the body of Christ this last two millennia.
Russell Hayes
Precipitous decline from the devotional classics by the same editor. Many of the selections were abysmal, but there were a few gems. Biographical and reflective sections were too long, and many of the selections were too short.
What a great devotional!! Not all the devotionals were wonderful, but the good ones made up for them. Excellent add on to The Ceelbration of Discipline.
Used this for a small group in law school. Some great selections, but it was hit or miss.
Excellent book for those wishing to pursue spiritual disciplines in their daily lives.
Apryl Anderson
mmm, delicious meat to chew, now digested and excreted into my journals!
Wonderful book for daily devotionals and for group spiritual growth sharing.
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Richard J. Foster is the author of several bestselling books, including Celebration of Discipline, Streams of Living Water, and Prayer, which was Christianity Today's Book of the Year and the winner of the Gold Medallion Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. He is the founder of Renovaré, an intrachurch movement committed to the renewal of the Church in all her multifaceted ...more
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