30 Years of Influence!
published in 1978, Celebration of Discipline has had a massive
influence on Christianity. Unfortunately, the influence has helped
to saturate the church with mystical contemplative
prayer and the
New Age. Most likely, your pastor has a copy of this book
sitting on his library shelves. He may even have it sitting on
his desk for easy reach and reference. Richard
Foster, a Quaker and the founder of an organization called Renovare (meaning renewal), wrote the book and even he, I'm sure, had no
idea the impact this book would have. But nearly 30 years later, it is
still being read, and in fact, Christian leaders and organizations
are promoting the book like never before.
Quotes by Richard Foster: From
Renovare's Perspective Newsletter: "Spend some time this week
listening to contemplative music designed to quiet you, settle
you, deepen you. (Compact discs and tapes from the Taize
Michael Talbot, and the Monks of Weston Priory are especially
now come to the ultimate stage of Christian experience. Divine
Union.... Contemplatives sometimes speak of their union with God
by the analogy of a log in a fire: the glowing log is so united
with the fire that it is fire ..." (Prayer: Finding the Heart's
True Home, p. 159) "Christians
... have developed two fundamental expressions of Unceasing Prayer.
The first ... is usually called aspiratory prayer or breath prayer.
The most famous of the breath prayers is the Jesus Prayer. It
is also possible to discover your own individual breath prayer....
Begin praying your breath prayer as often as possible." (Prayer:
Finding the Heart's True Home, p. 122)