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Life with God: Reading the Bible for Spiritual Transformation [Hardcover]

By Richard J. Foster (Author)
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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.6" Width: 5.88" Height: 0.84"
Weight:   0.78 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 1, 2008
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN  0060836970  
EAN  9780060836979  

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Demonstrates an intimate connection between Scripture and spirituality, explaining history as a series of epochs through which God unfolded His plan for seeking out a relationship with people, in a guide that makes recommendations for reading the Bible as a lifestyle primer.

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Too often, our study of the Bible focuses on searching for specific information or some formula that will solve our pressing needs of the moment. But what if we approached the Bible differently, and instead of transforming the text to meet our needs, allowed it to transform us?

That's exactly the idea behind Life with God, Richard J. Foster's much-anticipated book on the Bible. Foster, bestselling author of Celebration of Discipline and general editor of The Renovaré Spiritual Formation Bible, claims that God has superintended the writing of Scripture so that it serves as the most reliable guide for Christian spiritual formation. According to Foster, the Bible is all about human life "with God." As we read Scripture, we should consider how exactly God is with us in each story and allow ourselves to be spiritually transformed. By opening our whole selves—mind, body, spirit, thoughts, behavior, and will—to the page before us, we begin to grasp all the Bible has to teach about prayer, obedience, compassion, virtue, and grace and apply it to our everyday lives to achieve a deeper relationship with God.

With a wealth of examples and simple yet crucial insights, Life with God is an indispensable guide to approaching the Bible through the lens of Christian spiritual formation, revealing that reading the Bible for interior transformation is a far different endeavor than reading the Bible for historical knowledge, literary appreciation, or religious instruction.

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More About Richard J. Foster

Richard J. Foster Richard James Foster is a Christian theologian and author in the Quaker tradition. His writings speak to a broad Christian audience. Born in 1942, in New Mexico, Foster has been a professor at Friends University and pastor of Evangelical Friends churches. Foster resides in Denver, Colorado. He earned his undergraduate degree at George Fox University in Oregon and his Doctor of Pastoral Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary,and received an honorary doctorate from Houghton College.

Foster is best known for his 1978 book Celebration of Discipline, which examines the inward disciplines of prayer, fasting, meditation, and study in the Christian life, the outward disciplines of simplicity, solitude, submission, and service, and the corporate disciplines of confession, worship, guidance, and celebration. It has sold over one million copies. It was named by Christianity Today as one of the top ten books of the twentieth century. A work described as a sequel to Celebration is Foster's 1985 Money, Sex & Power. and associated study guide.

He also published Freedom of Simplicity in 1981, which further explores the discipline of simple, intentional living, Freedom of Simplicity. Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home (1992, ISBN 0-06-062846-4), which explores 21 different types of Christian prayer, edited Devotional Classics (1993, ISBN 0-06-066966-7), a devotional guide featuring Christian wisdom through the ages, and Streams of Living Water (2001, ISBN 0-06-062822-7), which examines the place of the different spiritual traditions - Contemplative: The Prayer-Filled Life; Holiness: The Virtuous Life ; Charismatic: The Spirit-Empowered Life; Social Justice: The Compassionate Life; Evangelical: The Word-Centered Life; and Incarnational: The Sacramental Life - in Christianity. Foster (along with several others) also wrote the devotional Renovaré Spiritual Formation Bible (now published as The Life with God Study Bible). Two editions of this NRSV-based study Bible exist, one with the apocryphal/deuterocanonical texts and one without.

In 2008, he co-authored with Gayle Beebe, the book Longing for God.

SPANISH BIO: Richard J. Foster (D.Th.P., Fuller Theological Seminary) es el fundador de Renovare en Denver, Colorado. Es autor de numerosos libros, entre ellos Celebracion de la disciplina: Hacia una vida espiritual mas profunda, que ha vendido mas de dos millones de copias en todo el mundo, La Oracion: Verdadero refugio del alma, La libertad de la simplicidad: encontrar la armonia en un mundo complejo y coautor (con Gayle Beebe) de El anhelo de Dios: Siete Senderos de la devocion cristiana.

Richard J. Foster currently resides in Denver, in the state of Colorado. Richard J. Foster was born in 1951.

Richard J. Foster has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Plough Spiritual Guides: Backpack Classics
  2. Renovare Resources

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Balanced and thought-provoking  Jan 30, 2010
This book had been sitting on my shelf for a couple of years before I started into it. It's one of the better, deeper books I have read recently. I thought it was going to be heavy on the importance of practicing the spiritual disciplines as a means to growth, and while Foster certainly advocates the value and wisdom of the "disciplines of grace", his approach is wonderfully balanced, wise and full of grace. Foster's theology is sound. I found the book encouraging, insightful, and thought-provoking. I read it over a couple of weeks, 10-15 pages at a time, and I looked forward to my engagement with it. I found it sufficiently helpful that I bought copies for two young men who are very important to my daughters (and me). I told them it was a book I wish I had read (and taken to heart) when I was their age. It's one that merits a second read in years to come.

Life with God  Oct 26, 2009
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Life with God  Jul 15, 2009
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Much more than I was hoping for...  Jun 9, 2009
I went to this site to purchase another book by Richard Foster. When I saw the suggestion for this title, its subtitle intrigued me very much, "Reading the Bible for Spiritual Transformation". I bought the book based on that subtitle and I was not disappointed. In addition, it addressed the larger subject of the spiritual disciplines. I got what I was hoping for and much, much, more. This great book puts into perspective the key message/theme of the whole Bible. I totally recommend it to anyone who cares about getting from the Bible what God has put there for us.
Great perspective on reading the Bible  May 4, 2009
I think the title and content of this book say it all. The Bible reveals that God is with us - Immanuel. And that is the only truth that I know that we can count on for the rest of our lives. I know of nothing else that is certain. Thank you Richard for writing this book.

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