The 30th anniversary of the publishing of Richard Foster's book "The Celebration of Discipline" was recently celebrated.
The book is a wonderful exploration on the subject of Christian growth and covers many topics, including:
- the inward disciplines of prayer, fasting and Christian meditation
- the outward disciplines of simplicity, solitude and submission
- the corporate disciplines of confession, worship and celebration.
Christianity Today has written much about the book in the past few months and recently they've published an article by Richard Foster about his priorities for the next 30 years: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2009/january/26.29.html
The mark of a good book often for me is that I can't find it....because I've loaned it to several people and can't remember who the last person was to receive it. That's true for "The Celebration of Discipline"...I found it to be a really helpful book when I first read it in 1989 and several times since. (If you have my copy...send it back).
On a final note, another great book by Richard Foster was one published in the 1980s called "Money, Sex and Power"...a terrific look at those topics from a Christian perspective. I think it is now out of print, but if it's been reissued I'll update the post.