- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (November 27, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060628227
- ISBN-13: 978-0060628222
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 78 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Streams of Living Water: Celebrating the Great Traditions of Christian Faith Paperback – November 27, 2001
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In this landmark work, Foster examines these "streams of living water" - the six dimensions of faith and practice that define Christian tradition. He lifts up the enduring character of each tradition in the midst of constantly evolving faith and shows how a variety of practices, from individual study and retreat to disciplines of service and community, are essential elements of growth and maturity.
Each of these great historical movements emphasizes a different aspect of life and faith. The six streams Foster presents are: the Contemplative, or prayer-filled life; the life of Holiness, or the virtuous life; the Charismatic, or Spirit-empowered life; the life of Social Justice, or the compassionate life; the Evangelical, or Word-centered life; and finally, the Incarnational, or sacramental life. Foster examines the unique contributions of these traditions, and offers as examples the inspiring stories of faithful people whose lives defined each of these "streams."
In Streams of Living Water, Foster seeks a balanced path to a renewal of the spirit. He identifies the strengths and weaknesses of each stream and offers practical ways to incorporate these spiritual dimensions into our daily lives - offering a clear and tangible path to authentic Christian experience. He reveals that while each stream is capable of providing spiritual growth, the most complete renewal can only come from combining the best from each tradition.
About the Author
Richard J. Foster is the author of several bestselling books, including Celebration of Discipline, Streams of Living Water, Life with God, 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 organization and a movement committed to the renewal of the church of Jesus Christ in all its multifaceted expressions, and the editor of The Life with God Bible.
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For the several streams, Foster devotes a chapter that includes an historical paradigm, a Biblical paradigm and a contemporary paradigm that includes a profile of a standout Christian from that tradition (more or less). Foster also defines and highlights strengths and weaknesses of each stream. The format of the book creates something for everyone and perhaps too much for most readers. It is history, a commentary on the contemporary church and a collection of Christian profiles. Foster also writes eloquently and in depth about how each stream works into the spiritual disciplines.
This is overall a good look at the picture of Christianity and should hold readers interest and enlighten them.
This is not a book of meditations but a larger work of ideas, biographies, teaching, concepts, to explore the spiritual paths followers of Christ have taken and their contributions to Christianity.