Streams of Living Water: Celebrating the Great Traditions of Christian Faith

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The author of the bestselling celebration of discipline explores the great traditions of Christian spirituality and their role in spiritual renewal today.

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 and shows how a variety of practices, from individual study and retreat to disciplines of service and community, are all essential elements of growth and maturity. Foster examines the unique contributions of each of these traditions and offers as examples the inspiring stories of faithful people whose lives defined each of these "streams."

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In this landmark work, Foster examines these "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.
Each of these great historical movements emphasizes a different aspect of life and faith. The six streams Foster presents are: the Contemplative, or prayer-filled life; the life of Holiness, or the virtuous life; the Charismatic, or Spirit-empowered life; the life of Social Justice, or the compassionate life; the Evangelical, or Word-centered life; and finally, the Incarnational, or sacramental life. 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 path to a renewal of the spirit. He identifies the strengths and weaknesses of each stream and offers practical ways to incorporate these spiritual dimensions into our daily lives - offering a clear and tangible path to authentic Christian experience. He reveals that while each stream is capable of providing spiritual growth, the most complete renewal can only come from combining the best from each tradition.

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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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