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Devotional Classics: Selected Readings for Individuals and Groups Paperback – June 11, 1993
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From the Back Cover
These fifty-two selections have been organized to introduce readers through the course of one year to the great devotional writers. The readings have been edited by James Smith, and each is accompanied by an introduction and meditation by Richard Foster. In addition, each reading features a linked biblical passage, discussion questions, and individual and group exercises.
About the Author
Richard J. Foster is the author of several bestselling books, including Celebration of Discipline and Streams of Living of Water. He is the founder of Renovaré an infrachurch movement committed to the renewal of the Church in all her multifaceted expressions, and a general editor of the forthcoming Renovaré Spiritual Formation Study Bible.
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At the end of each selection, it has references to other writings by the author. On several occasions, I have enjoyed the selection so much, that I have either read the complete book that was highlighted or other works from the selected author.
This book will introduce you to authors like: C.S. Lewis, Dallas Willard, Jonathan Edwards, Francis de Sales, John of the Cross (my personal favorite), Bernard of Clairvaux, Francois Fenelon, and St. Augustine. And that is in just the first section! Altogether you will be introduced to 52 of the greatest writers of Christian history, one for each week of the year. Each section will introduce you to the author, offer an excerpt from that author, couple that excerpt with Scripture, reflection questions, and suggested exercises. To cap it all off Foster will offer his own reflections on the passage.
There is nothing wrong with the latest 40 day or 12 week study to ___________ (you fill in the blank). Those studies are useful and have their place, but jumping into this book could forever change your reading habits.
The book is an excellent compilation of some of history's greatest Christians and their experiences with God, not merely their doctrinal beliefs.
Richard Foster's comments are also very insightful. I highly recommend this book and always have several copies on hand to give away.