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These books introduce you to the theory and practice of the spiritual disciplines:

The Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster: the evangelical classic that reclaims the disciplines from a cloistered history and de-monks them for Protestant novices.

Spiritual Classics, ed. Richard Foster: a collection of readings from throughout church history that describe the 12 classical disciplines.

The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard: explores the biblical theology behind the disciplines and spiritual growth.

The Sacred Way by Tony Jones: a fine introduction to the core disciplines, along with other Christian spiritual practices.

The Life You’ve Always Wanted by John Ortberg: an accessible book that builds on the works of Foster and Willard, popularizing them for a wide readership.

Follow Me by Peter Schuurman and Peter Slofstra: part of a new Disciples series, it introduces readers to discipleship and helps them develop practices that work out many of the core disciplines.*

Catch Your Breath and Space for God by Don Postema: readings and art, meditation and prayer to help you live gratefully in the presence of God.*

*Available from Faith Alive Christian Resources: 1-800-333-8300,

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