Devotional Classics: Selected Readings for Individuals and Groups
Generally, this book is full of well selected spiritual writings. I encourage it to be read in a small group, but maybe that is because I like to talk!
As a Friend (Quaker), ...more
This is arraigned like a "greatest hits" collection from many of the great Christian writers, theologians, mystics, and preachers throughout the centuries. They include pre-Nicene writers such as Gregory of Nyssa and John Chrysostom; Perhaps more familiar names from antiqui ...more
A solid selection of writing from diverse 'friends of the past'. I was convicted, deeply encouraged, and walked away with many more friends from history than I began with.
Highly recommended if you don't know where to begin with Christian classics, or are wanting an extremely pleasurable survey of Church history. ...more
How to summarize a book that I've spent nearly two years with, looking at one reading each week? I can't imagine how much this collection of readings has shaped my life in the months that I've been reading through it. Especially as I've been through the ups and downs of administrative work, these readings have encouraged me and kept my thoughts and attitudes properly aligned. I've previously enjoyed other books by Richard J. Foster (Celebration Of Discipline, Freedom of Simplicity), and I contin...more
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I enjoy reading this book every few years to regain perspective and be challenged in what can sometimes be an apathetic attitude to my faith. There is a good bibliography following each person so i ...more
I encountered some old friends: C.S. Lewis, St Augustine, Brother Lawrence, Henri Nouwen, Kierkegaard, Pascal, Thomas a Kempis, Mdm Guyon etc. But I've also marked a few others I was taken by: Lancelot Andrews (1555-1626), George A Buttrick (1892-1980), John Baillie (1886-1960), Thomas Kelly (1893-1941), Hannah Whitall ...more
What sets this text apart from similar devotional ant ...more
I read this book as my Lenten devotion first in 2003 when I was first exploring the idea of the catholic (small "c" catholic, as in universal) church, and again for Lent 2007.
In this large paperback, now completely dog-eared and with copious unde ...more
1) The breadth and depth of authors I was introduced to from across the spectrum and history of Christianity--some still living. The biographical intros for each reading combined with the recommended reading sections at the end are a treasure trove!
2) Th ...more
We read through this book with two other couples, all of us attending different churches. It was a wonderful book, across a wide variety of denominations, to pull us together. We all were challenged, each by different parts, and got to talk through what we agreed upon, and didn’t. Overall, it was a wonderful ...more
This isn’t one book, it is excerpts from 50 of the greatest books of Christian history. You get to learn from Julian of Norwich, CS Lewis, Chrysostom, Annie Dillard and seemingly everyone in between. If you are like me and know you will never read all the books you should, pick this o e up. You definitely will not be disappointed.
The readings were long enough to catch the writer's rh ...more
Designed to be used with a discussion group, note that discussion questions are included, I read it much more quickly and independently. It works well as a devotional reading guide and you'll come away with an extensive "to read" list. I see how this material would work very ...more
The book is set up as 52 different readings, so that you can use it in a small group or individuall ...more