The Beautiful Disciplines

Author: Martin Saunders

Product Type: Book

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Packed with practical activities, engaging stories, and relevant explanation, this photocopiable resource will be a powerful tool to help young people develop a deep-rooted and lasting faith. Many young people arguably practise a dangerously brittle faith. They need to be led deeper, to a faith rooted not in the personalities of their leaders or the hype of big events, but in a disciplined direct relationship with God. This book provides practical tools to help youth leaders to teach their teenagers to pray, study the Bible, live more simply, and discover the value in other ancient disciplines such as fasting, solitude, study, worship and celebration. There are 10 short chapters, each suitable for one session. Each begins with background information for the leader, then provides a study section with practical exercises. Each concludes with questions suitable for discussion in small groups.

Staff Review

Review by:

Jon White

Youth & Vocations Enabler, Church of England Lichfield Diocese

Interested in spiritual development and informal education

As Richard Foster once wrote “The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.” The need to cultivate ‘depth’ in life is easy to intellectually assent to, but difficult to make happen when there’s a buzzing smartphone in your pocket, a face-to-face conversation to have, and a television on in the background.

In an effort to make the journey towards a ‘deep’ life that little bit simpler (though unfortunately no less challenging), Martin Saunders has written an excellent book providing ideas on how to introduce the spiritual disciplines to young people. Based on Richard Foster’s classic work Celebration of Discipline, Martin has created easy-to-use, snappy session outlines to help young people explore prayer, study, meditation, fasting, simplicity, solitude, submission, service, worship and celebration.

The Beautiful Disciplines is an essential book for anyone in youth ministry, but could be the basis for work on spiritual, moral, social and cultural development programmes in High Schools.

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