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Overview With over 1 million copies of his books sold worldwide, Foster now draws on the structure of his award-winning Prayer to present a collection of prayers for three aspects of the human journey: looking inward to the heart, reaching upward toward God, and moving outward to care for others. A rich, encouraging, and thoroughly contemporary book.
Publishers Description My whole life, in one sense, he has been an experiment in how to be a portable sanctuary," writes Richard Foster, "learning to practice the presence of God in the midst of the stresses and strains of contemporary life."So begins Foster's most personal work yet, a book of prayers that seek to lead us to experience "the reality of God in the midst of going to work and raising kids and cleaning house and paying the bills."Drawing on the structure of his awardwinning Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home, Foster presents this collection of prayers according to the three aspects of the human journey: looking inward to the heart, reaching upward toward God, and moving outward to care for others. These prayers speak to moments in our days and events in our lives.Simply and powerfully expressing such basic human experiences as wonder, stillness, the loneliness of anonymity, and the search for faith, Foster encourages us to explore the transformative power of prayer that draws us into the love of God and gives Christian community its life. Longtime Foster readers and newcomers alike will cherish this rich and thoroughly contemporary book from one of our most respected spirtual leaders.
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More About 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.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Prayers from the Heart?
Not a helpful resource to me... Aug 24, 2006
I have previously read Foster's "Celebration of Discipline," which was a profound and insightful book that I hope to reread in the future. I had expected a similar experience with this book of prayers. I was sorely disappointed.
This book consists primarily of Foster's own prayers, written down to be shared with the reader. These prayers demonstrate a very personal and genuine faith, and that sense bleeds from every page. However, I found the experience of reading those personal prayers to be very disjointed and impersonal to me. Personal prayer is, by definition, a very individualized experience. Rather than corporate prayers, which are meant to be prayed by others and by groups, these prayers were great for Richard Foster, but they did not resonate with me.
The highlight of the book was some of the prayers that Foster quoted from various saints of the church, like Francis of Assisi. Those prayers, prayed by others throughout the ages, had a resonance of history and time that made them more meaningful than a prayer that Foster wrote late one night while staying in a hotel in Singapore.
I appreciate the work of Richard Foster and admire his faith. I just failed to connect with this book and would not really recommend it to anyone other than those interested in an abridged study of pray from the history of the church.
Can't recommend this book Aug 20, 2005
I was so disappointed in this book. I don't find a closeness to God in the pages. Instead it seems intellectual. It contains beautiful sounding prayers that are more like poetry than speaking with God face to face. Even though it contains prayers from across the ages it seems to keep me distant from the personal God I seek. And though the author's prayers are included too, I feel the same about them. I expected more from Richard J. Foster.
Felt prayers Jan 25, 2004
Foster offers up in this work a heart-felt collection of prayers. He includes sources from quite the breadth of traditions, but does stay within the broad bounds of Christianity.
People should look in this book for expressions of a soul's feeling rather than any rationale as to how one should pray. It seems to me the focus of this collection is how we want to approach God, rather than be concerned with how God wants to be approached. The ecumenical reader will likely appreciate this book more than anyone who has an appreciation for thought-out Biblical doctrine.
Inspirational, prayers for every occasion! Nov 9, 2001
Life's journey is described in this book in great detail. Any problem one could have is described at length in this book, also good times for praise. Poetry, Bible verses and other prayers make this book a delight and a pick-up for those sad, lonely times or the times where praise is appropriate. Wonderful!
Prayers that bring you to the feet of Jesus Apr 18, 2001
Foster has a heart for God, and to know Him fully, and these beautiful prayers written over hundreds of years reflect his keen insight into those who have lived their lives in total dedication to loving and serving Christ.
St. Patrick, Julian of Norwich, and Soren Kierkegaard are just a few of the names that have prayers in this book. These are their heartfelt prayers, reflecting a life of contemplation and seeking to know God in a more complete way.
I have given this little book to others as gifts, and have read the prayers at church gatherings, and have given book reviews, and all are favorably received. This is a jewel of a book.