Selected Bibliography

Each week in our Celebration of Discipline class (Wednesdays at 6pm, right after our fellowship meal), we close with a pair of recommended books for further reading — one old and ancient and venerable, the other a more recent offering from today’s top minds.

Following this list, you will find the complete bibliography of the works mentioned during the class.

Session One – Overview

A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life by William Law, 1686-1761. (New York: Vintage, 2002)

The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard. (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1991)

Session Two – Meditation

Some Fruits of Solitude by William Penn, 1644-1718. (Scottdale, PA: Herald, 2003)

Meditative Prayer by Richard J. Foster. (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press,1983)

Session Three – Prayer

How to Pray by Jean-Nicholas Grou, 1730-1803, translated by Joseph Dalby. (Cambridge: James Clark, 1982)

With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray. (New Kensington, PA: Whitaker House, 1981)

Session Four – Fasting

Sermon #27, Discourse on the Sermon on the Mount, Matt. 6:16-18 by John Wesley, 1703-1791.

God’s Chosen Fast by Arthur Wallis. (Fort Washington, PA: Christian Literature Crusade, 1986)

Session Five – Study

Pensees by Blaise Paschal, 1623-1662. (New York: Penguin, 1995)

How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler. (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1940)

Session Six – Simplicity

The Journal and Major Essays of John Woolman, 1720-1772. (Richmond, IN: Friends United Press, 1989)

Freedom of Simplicity by Richard J. Foster. (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1981)

Session Seven – Solitude

The Sayings of the Desert Fathers, 4th-6th centuries. (Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 1987)

Out of Solitude by Henri Nouwen. (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria, 1974)

Session Eight – Submission

The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther, 1483-1546. (Nashville, TN: Revell, 1990)

The Politics of Jesus by John Howard Yoder. (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1994)

Session Nine – Service

The Rule of St. Benedict: 12 Steps Into Humility, 6th century. (New York: Vintage, 1998)

Servant Leadership by Robert K. Greenleaf. (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist, 2002)

Session Ten – Confession

The Confessions of St. Augustine, 354-430, translated by William C. Creasy. (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2003)

The Healing Light by Agnes Sanford. (New York: Ballentine Books, 1983, pp. 111-117)

Session Eleven – Worship

Worship by Evelyn Underhill, 1875-1941. (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2002)

Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down by Marva Dawn. (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1995)

Session Twelve – Guidance

The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis, ca. 1379-1471. (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria, 2003).

Hearing God by Dallas Willard. (Downers Grove, IL: Varsity, 1999).

Session Thirteen – Celebration

The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life by Hannah Whitall Smith, 1832-1911. (New Kensington, PA: Whitaker House, 1983)

A Tree Full of Angels by Macrina Wiederkehr. (San Francisco HarperSanFrancisco, 1990)

Full Bibliography

Adler, Mortimer J. How to Read a Book. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1940.

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. Life Together. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1954.

The Book of Common Prayer. New York: The Church Hymnal Corporation, 1979.

Celebration of Discipline Video Series. Victory Films, Worcester, Pennsylvania, 1984.

Crim, Keith R., Victor P. Furnish and Lloyd R. Bailey, eds. The Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible. Abingdon Press, 1976.

Foster, Richard J. Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth (25th Anniversary Edition). San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2003.

______________ and Emilie Griffin, eds. Spiritual Classics: Selected Readings for Individuals and Groups on the Twelve Spiritual Disciplines. SanFrancisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2000.

______________. Freedom of Simplicity. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1981.

______________ and Kathryn A. Yanni. Celebrating the Disciplines: A Journal Workbook to Accompany Celebration of Discipline. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1992.

______________. Meditative Prayer. Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1983.

______________. Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home. San Francisco: HarperSanFranciso, 1992.

______________. Prayers From the Heart. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1994.

______________, ed. The Renovaré Spiritual Formation Bible. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2005.

______________. Study Guide for Celebration of Discipline. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1983.


“An Introduction to the Practice of Lectio Divina,”

Kelly, Thomas R. A Testament of Devotion. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1992.

Lucado, Max and Ron DiCianni. Tell Me the Secrets. Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway
Books, 1993.

Moon, Gary W. Falling for God. Colorado Springs: WaterBrook Press, 2004.

_____________. Renovation of the Heart: Leader’s Guide. Franklin Springs, Georgia: LifeSprings Resources, 2003.

NIV Study Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1995.

Nouwen, Henri. Out of Solitude. Notre Dame, Indiana: Ave Maria Press, 1974.

Plantinga, Jr., Cornelius. Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1995.

Sanford, Agnes. The Healing Light. New York: Ballantine Books, 1983.

Smedes, Lewis. Union With Christ. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1983.

Temple, Gray. The Molten Soul: Dangers and Opportunities in Religious Conversion. New York: Church Publishing, Inc., 2000.

Willard, Dallas. The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God. San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1998.

______________. Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship With God. Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1999.

______________. Renovation of the Heart: Putting On the Character of Christ. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2002.

______________. The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes
Lives. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1988.