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Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life Paperback – April 19, 2005
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The book is DESIGNED with wide margins containing quotations that illuminate the text, questions to contemplate, suggestions for written reflection, and space enough to scribble ones notes.
The CONTENT treats eight disciplines: spiritual reading, praying, worshiping, fasting, examination of conscience, spiritual guidance, hospitality and developing a "rule of life". Thompson concentrates on one practice per chapter, and includes historical, theological, and biblical references, along with practical exercises to "learn" the discipline. Chapters vary in length (13-20 pages) and end with Footnotes. An Annotated Biliography and Group Study Guide complete the book; both are excellent.
The author provides strong, gentle guidance in a voice that is clear and direct. Her approach is inclusive of all Christians, transcending liturgical and dogmatic differences. This ecumenical approach is evident in quotations and works cited.
Another reviewer described Soul Feast as "a watered-down version" of Richard Foster's *Celebration of Discipline. I understand this reviewer's passion for Foster's book; it's excellent and well-written. I use both Celebration and Soul Feast to help guide my spiritual formation. They both cover many of the same disciplines, but treat them differently. And though there are differences, Soul Feast is not derivitive. (For the record, Soul Feast is not "full of footnotes to Foster"; of 92 footnotes, 6 note Foster) Foster includes chapters on simplicity, solitude, submission and service -- each treated separately -- while Thompson integrates them with other practices.Read more ›
Of course, the rest of the pages are not blank. I found myself highlighting many passages.
Marjorie notes her purpose "is to help people of faith understand and begin to practice some of the basic disciplines of the Christian spiritual life...(with the aim of engaging the) mind and heart together in seeking nourishment for our spiritual hunger." She also intends for her work to be "used, not simply read" and offers suggestions on how to work through the subject matter in an intimate and meditative fashion.
Soul Feast is divided into nine chapters; the first and last chapters serve as wonderful book ends, with the former introducing the disciplines and the latter providing counsel on how to apply the seven basic spiritual disciplines of her work, which are: Spiritual Reading, Prayer, Worship, Fasting, Self-examination/confession/awareness, Spiritual Direction, and Hospitality. The bookend chapters, The Spiritual Yearning of our Time and Developing a Rule of Life, package this book into one of the most important expositions I have read on maintaining an intentionally, spiritually directed life amid a growing society of increased stress and non-spiritual preoccupation.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I did not like this book. Had to read it for a class but it was not an enjoyable experience.Published 9 months ago by Bradly B.
There are not enough stars for this review. I continue to refer to Ms. Thompson's work 7 years after having read it for the first time.Published 10 months ago by tomtom10
Phenomenallly written book for those of us who want down-to-earth suggestions on enhancing our spiritual walk with God.Published 15 months ago by Blanchemeese
Very insightful for the class I am currently taking-Spiritual Disciplines.Published 18 months ago by Edith Jessup-Bullock