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Devotional Classics: Selected Readings for Individuals and Groups

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Fifty-two Christian devotional classics paired with biblical readings for individual study and group use—from Renovare, a movement committed to nurturing spiritual renewal.
Paperback, 353 pages
Published June 11th 1993 by HarperSanFrancisco (first published 1993)
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Jun 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Christains, seekers, agnostics
Originally, I didn't want to read this book because I thought it was a bunch of dull writings by a bunch of dead white guys (I was in my mid 20's when I read it). While part of that is true (I think they're all dead), I enjoyed it until towards the end. The last few selections aren't quite as interesting to me for some reason.
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!
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Sep 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ridiculously challenging... contains writings by a huge selection of spiritual giants, over centuries of Christian experience. It provides an amazing perspective of Christianity from a wide variety of walks of faith - monastic to scholarly, etc. It's an awesome book for self study or group study. It has very practical, non-cliche, non-cheezy ways to make each truth a focus and practice in ones own life, and you have a whole week to soak in the truths of each chapter. Definitely the best devo boo ...more
Neil Coulter

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

Ed Belding
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a devotional guide and you are not afraid to stray a little outside the boundaries of your own Christian tradition to be blessed by other brothers and sisters in Christ, then this is well worth reading.

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
Russell Hayes
Jul 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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At last I am finished with this book. This is an excellent compilation of portions of (mostly) classic Christian works throughout the ages, in devotional format. The authors range from Athanasius to Augustine to Bernard of Clairvaux to C.S. Lewis. The readings are not designed to be read hastily, but in a contemplative and thoughtful manner. The book is designed for one reading per week for a year, or 52 total. The selections include discussion questions and exercises for the week designed to pu ...more
Ray Schneider
Jul 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So far this is a very interesting book which I would recommend for any book club. It is designed for a personal devotional reading program with 52 readings, with related scriptures, reflection questions and author assessment/reflection after each reading. The readings are drawn from a great variety of Catholic and Protestant writers mostly well known to everyone. The book has an ecumenical intent and might be particularly well suited for mixed denominational reading groups.

Now some months later
Alumine Andrew
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This book explores many Christian writers, spanning history to contemporary. Each chapter gives us an excerpt and some thought provoking comments by Foster as well as exercises we can do between studies. It has made us think and rethink, discuss and disagree and overall grown in our spiritual journey.

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
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my all time favorite devotional books. It's all-star cast of "Greats" keeps me coming back year after year. This book is a wonderful introduction to renown Christian writers like C.S. Lewis, Jonathan Edwards, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Teresa of Avila, Francis de Sales, Thomas a Kempis, among others. It highlights selections from their greater works and moves through seven "streams" or traditions within Christianity: Preparing for the Spiritual Life, The Prayer-Filled Life (The C ...more
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well, it only took me 14 years since I first purchased this book to read it - this year I cracked into it - working my way through the 52 readings over the course of a few months.

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
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An excellent resource for a year-long read. Gives good exposure to many great Christian heroes.
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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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