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Freedom of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex World

By Richard J. Foster (Author) & Lloyd James (Read by)
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Written in the same warm, accessible style as Richard Foster's best-selling Celebration of Discipline, Freedom of Simplicity articulates a creative, more human style of living and points the way for Christians to make their lives "models of simplicity."

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Written in the same warm, accessible style as Richard Foster's best-selling Celebration of Discipline, Freedom of Simplicity articulates a creative, more human style of living and points the way for Christians to make their lives models of simplicity. Foster provides a way to rethink our priorities and to seek first God's kingdom and his righteousness. He shows us how to live in harmony with the rich complexity of life while stressing the relation of simplicity to prayer, solitude, and all the Christian Disciplines.

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Studio: Hovel Audio
Running Time: 495.00 minutes
Pages   1
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.08" Width: 5.14" Height: 0.81"
Weight:   0.37 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Sep 1, 2007
Publisher   Hovel Audio
ISBN  1596445211  
ISBN13  9781596445215  

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More About Richard J. Foster & Lloyd James

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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Simply Excellent!  Aug 23, 2008
I must say Richard Foster's Freedom of Simplicity ranks among the most helpful and spiritually formative books in my personal life. It is so well-written that there's not a wasted line in it and it's cogently presented, biblically grounded and immensely workable! No, it's not a book about how to save the world economically, or even about winning the world to Christ, or making heroic sacrifices - it's about what the Danish prophet Kierkegaard calls 'the purity of heart' - the simple intention in seeking the Kingdom of God. In it is freedom, joy and fruitfulness which Jesus speaks of when one chooses God for his master, over and above all others, not least the spirit of mammon.

I especially love his chapter on the Divine Centre which Thomas Kelly has taught us about. Oh what a life it is to slip into that oasis, that wellspring that nourishes our lives amidst the frantic pace and noise that so easily pushes us over!

Foster is an excellent writer who demonstrates how writing can be such an art. It is informative but not stuffy, revolutionary but not naive - he exercises great poise and deliberation even when discussing the intricate balance one needs to strike in living simply. He invites us to see how the life of simplicity is such a joy, that even the seemingly arduous discipline of 'praying unceasingly' can be a game we could delightfully enter into. I find myself informed, uplifted and challenged on nearly every page.

It is a very well-rounded book that draws deeply from the rich resource of ancient spiritual tradition (which is vintage Foster!) as well as from scriptures and offers practical strategies for both novices and the experienced how simplicity can be embodied both individually and corporately in our world today. If the modern church were to embrace just a fraction of its counsels, she will be a great beacon of hope to a world bent on destroying itself with its militant consumerism and be a credible witness to the in-breaking Kingdom of God which is one of justice and compassion.
Personal Freedom as a lifestyle  Mar 19, 2008
Excellent material the updated edition is underscored with author's personal experience. Excellent resource for resource management people as well those subscribing to The Volantary Simplicity lifestyle. Those seeking security in life will also profit from Foster"s work.
If you're looking for a HOW-TO book, this ain't it!   Feb 2, 2008
Don't look for any helpful insights on how to live live more simply. Just be prepared for a book full of socialist propaganda about how there are only so many resources in the world, and anything you use is stealing from someone else less fortunate!
I'm already sold on the IDEA of simplicity or I wouldn't be buying this book. I want a book with useful suggestions for living a more simple, down to earth life. If that's what you're looking for, buy Eliot Wiggington's FOXFIRE books, or Tom Brown's Survival Guides. You get really useful suggestions without the attempt at a guilt trip.
Solid three star book  Nov 12, 2007
Richard Foster's Freedom of Simplicity starts off very well. I was expecting a book focusing out outer forms of simplicity such as doing without, and ridding ourselves of materialism. Foster instead spends the first third of the book detailing what the bible has to say about inner simplicity. He suggests that we can not have outer simplicity without inner simplicity. Inner simplicity keeping Christ at the very center of our lives. If we live a life of "radical obedience" to him our daily decisions become very simple. There is less inner turmoil, and less desire for things we cannot have.

The second 2/3s of the book are less insightful. Watch less TV., spend less money, ride your bike to work, be satisfied with what you have, don't be sucked into commercials stirring up desires you don't have. All very sound advice, but not as perceptive as the first portion of the book. With respect to Mr. Foster, perhaps I was missing some larger point he was attempting to make.

Overall, I'm glad I read this book and at this point could not recommend a better book on the subject.
Great Book, Very Insightful  Jun 29, 2007
I took alot away from this book. Foster is an obviously brilliant intellectual that was able to articulate the purpose and meaning of simplicity in a way that was inspiring.

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