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Streams of Living Water: Celebrating the Great Traditions of Christian Faith [Paperback]

By Richard J. Foster (Author)
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An award-winning exploration of the heart of Christian spirituality by the best-selling author of Celebration of Discipline presents a historically based journey into the traditions of Christian practice that offers contemporary insights into spiritual rejuvenation. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

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In this landmark work, Foster examines the streams of living water - the six dimensions of faith and practice that define Christian tradition. He lifts up the enduring character of each tradition in the midst of constantly evolving faith and shows how a variety of practices, from individual study and retreat to disciplines of service and community, are essential elements of growth and maturity. Foster examines the unique contributions of these traditions and offers as examples the inspiring stories of faithful people whose lives defined each of these streams. In STREAMS OF LIVING WATER, Foster seeks a balanced approach to a renewal of the spirit and offers a clear and tangible path to authentic Christian experience. STREAMS OF LIVING WATER was awarded the Evangelical Christian Publishers' Association's prestigious Gold Medallion Award as the best book published in the category of Christian Living in 1999.

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Studio: HarperOne
Pages   424
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.02" Width: 5.38" Height: 1.06"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 14, 2014
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0060628227  
ISBN13  9780060628222  

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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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Reviews - What do customers think about Streams of Living Water: Celebrating the Great Traditions of Christian Faith?

This book vividly shows us how we cling so tightly to our 'right way to worship' that we miss out on the greatest revelations!! We think in terms of "one way of worship" as the truth.....Foster explains how the most balanced people use all the 6 traditions of Christian faith. I didn't realize how narrowly focused I was until this book presented itself to me. You will come away with, not only a tolerance for all denominations of Christianity, but a recognition of NEED for all that each offers in worship of God.
Simply Excellent  Mar 12, 2005
The more I read of Richard Foster, the more I like his style. As is always the case in his books, Foster's Streams of Living Water presents a well categorized methodical approach to understanding the Christian faith. In this case, he focuses on what he calls the "Traditions" of the faith.

Other reviews have detailed the Traditions of which Foster speaks. So, I'll comment on the structure of the chapters, which, in my opinion, is excellent. Each chapter gives multiple examples of people who focused on the Tradition for that chapter. One of these people is contemporary (Billy Graham is one), one is historical (St. Augustine of Hippo), and one is Biblical (Amos, for example). After using examples to give you a feel for the Tradition in question, Foster lays out what he considers to be the essentials of the Tradition, its defining characteristics. He then moves to a discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of the Tradition, and closes the chapter with a discussion of how we can integrate it into our lives.

It's clear from reading the book that it is designed with an ecumenical understanding. Foster sees each modern expression of Christianity as presenting a part of the life of wholeness we are to live. Through people reading this book (and joining Renovare groups and such), Foster hopes to encourage Christians to live a balanced life. This book is certainly a good step in that direction.

If you want to live a full Christian life, this book will help guide you on your way.

A final note: I love the first Appendix in this book. It is a brief outline of some Church history, along with certain contributions that each branch of Christianity has given us (from Catholic to Orthodox to the various Protestants), that we can apply in our lives, regardless which of these groups we belong to.

On the whole, this is simply and excellent book. I pray that each one who reads it moves to apply it in their own walk.
An attempt to reintegrate the Christian faith  Jun 21, 2004
Foster's "Streams" is a radical idea in contemporary Christian circles - drawing together the strengths in each of the recognized major protestant Christian sects he asserts a new, more whole view of life with God.

Foster uses modern and historical/mythical persons to flesh out the strengths he ascribes to each branch of protestantism. While this approach will test readers who look down on the stories of the saints of old (he relates St. Francis' reasoning with a wild wolf in one chapter) if you can put aside modern protestant prejudices against christian mythology you'll be much the better for it.

I found the book to be a refreshing approach to integrating the major movements in Christianity. I am more mindful of the traditions of faith I did not grow up in and am attempting to incorporate their strenghts into my experience of Jesus Christ.

Another in the Series  Feb 12, 2004
PLOT: Like some other Renovare' books, this one deals with 6 traditions of Christianity: contemplative, holiness, charismatic, social justice, evangelical, and incarnational. For each tradition (stream) Foster introduces us to Christians from Scripture, history, and modern times who serve as examples of that stream.

PROBLEMS: There was nothing wrong with the examples Foster selected, but they didn't grab me as much as other Renovare books have. Perhaps I'd rather read each person's own words than read about that person's life. Also, the binding on my book broke. I don't know if that is a problem or just happened to me.

POSITIVES: For me, the joy of this book was in the appendix and extra material. Foster gives us one appendix of critical turning points in church history and another of notable figures and significant movements in church history. He begins each chapter with a chart from the time of Jesus to present that lists significant people, movements, and dates related to that tradition.

CONCLUSION: The extra material is easily worth the cost of the book. The chapters are just the added bonus on this one. I've returned to these charts for reference time and time again.

Good, but read critically  Dec 20, 2002
No doubt this is a good book penned by a man who is extremely devoted to the Christian devotional life. Foster (in all his books)is execptionally strong on prayer, meditation, and focus. The way he brings to life the old heroes of the faith is commendable. However, at the most crucial moment he abandons the Bible in favor of his own theology. His interpretation of history can be flawed at times, favoring the either the pragmatic or the hysterical. Not to discredit the book (I gave my copy to a friend as a gift) but nevertheless, watch for his unscriptural moments. If you want a good book that combines History and Devotion and you have a critical eye, then this is a must.

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