- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; 1st edition (September 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060667435
- ISBN-13: 978-0060667436
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 79 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Streams of Living Water: Celebrating the Great Traditions of Christian Faith 1st Edition
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Streams of Living Water is Richard J. Foster's roundup of six great traditions of Christian spiritual practice. His essays on spirituality--contemplative, holiness, charismatic, social justice, evangelical, and incarnational--are grounded in straightforward profiles of biblical and modern characters whom Foster considers exemplars of these traditions. (The prophet Amos and the Quaker abolitionist John Woolman, for example, are featured in the chapter on social justice.) Each chapter ends with a bit of advice about how readers can cultivate new aspects of spiritual life and keep these Christian traditions alive: "Take a bath instead of a shower. Waste time for God," Foster writes, in his chapter on the contemplative tradition. Foster doesn't really break new ground in Streams of Living Water--he's written about most of these spiritual disciplines elsewhere--but this book is a useful and engaging introduction to a fairly broad range of Christian spiritual practices. --Michael Joseph Gross
"...a marvel of a book covering two milleniums of Christian experience. With clarity and restraint, Foster invites the reader to draw from his wells of wisdom as he paints in words the portraits of those who have shaped our rich and varied heritage. His broad brush strokes bring to life the streams of living water that for centuries have nourished our souls. Not only that, he generously gives tangible application to our fragmented lives in the here and now." -- Ingrid Trobisch, author of THE CONFIDENT WOMAN and KEEPER OF THE SPRINGS
"Foster's engaging writing and thoughtful presentation make the book appealing to a broad readership." -- -- Publishers Weekly
"Richard Foster has written another classic." -- Dallas Morning News
"Richard J. Foster has offered the church an exquisite gift in his new book STREAMS OF LIVING WATER. Foster paints a masterful portrait of Jesus... This well-written and immensely appealing book needs tobe read by every individual who is committed to reaching maturity in his or her spiritual life." -- Sojourners Magazine
"STREAMS OF LIVING WATER is educational and inspirational...[it] provides the chart for negotiaiting through the shallows and narrows, the rapids and bays that make up a remarkably diverse and ric body of faith."-Dale Hanson Bourke, Religion News Service --
"STREAMS OF LIVING WATER may well be Foster's most important work yet." -- A Closer Look
"This book is an amazing bridge-builder." -- CBA Marketplace
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Simple Example: in location 1041 (I have the Kindle Version) there is a line where the author literally says "Stop praying for a day". While I understand the intent of what he was trying to say, the ramifications of his suggestion are completely contrary to anything the Messiah taught.
This book purports a mealy mouthed, wishy washy, feels good version of Christianity that is the same version of Christianity that is rotting the Bride of Christ from the belly up.
And let's not even get into the parts where is ignorance towards scripture is beyond belief. How an individual can assert to write a book on the Bible and Spiritual Living, who clearly has very little knowledge of the Bible and Spirtual Living is beyond me.
The book is not deeply theological, but does provide a broad outline of the history, characterizations, benefits and perils of each of the six major Christian traditions. While a more theologically reflective work would be helpful, Foster's is extremely accessible reading and lays a great foundation.
Of the books a person ought to read in their lifetime, this has made number three on my list (after the Bible and Bonhoeffer's "Cost of Discipleship"). It is a must read for any Christian who's perspective on the faith is pidgeon-holed into his or her own tradition.
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.