Looking at the Foreword, Introduction, and Chapter 1:
Discipleship is not just a method; it is a lifestyle. Part of the lifestyle of the disciple is discipline. For Christian disciples, spiritual discipline is designed to produce spiritual growth and strength. It’s not just for monks and “holy men”; it’s for us all.
The Bible often tells us to build up our “inner man”, but how do you do that practically? This is the premise of the spiritual disciplines. They help us get to that place, the inner man, and position us so that the Holy Spirit can build the inner sanctuary intended for his occupancy; they are the carpenter’s tools. It is the life walk and life style of the disciple – to build up the inner man in cooperation with the Holy Spirit.
What do you think of Foster’s word of caution – “…know the mechanics does not mean that we are practicing the Disciplines”? (pg. 3) I can see who one could slip into spiritual legalism; how about you? Wasn’t that the problem with the Pharisees, the “holy men” of the time?
What about Foster’s description of how this book came about? Isn’t it amazing how God orchestrated the experiences he would have which led up to the book?