Summer Reads for College Ministry: The Disciplines

posted Jun 26, 2017, 8:38 AM by Ginger Bowman

Happy First Day of Summer! Are you doing some summer reading? Here are a few suggestions to add to your list that will help you maximize your discipling time with students. You might even want to ask a student or two to join you in reading one of these. 

  • Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth, Richard J. Foster, 10th Anniversary ed., Harper San Francisco, 1998. "Superficiality is the curse of our age.... The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people," Richard Foster. Foster's work has become a modern classic for Christians, drawing believers deeper in their Christian faith through spiritual practices. He works through several common disciplines of the faith, communicating the purpose and best practices for each one.     
  • The Divine Conspiriacy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God, Dallas Willard, What is discipleship? What does it mean to follow Jesus? Willard breaks down the concept of discipleship and reconstructs it, in order for the reader to discover the true meaning of following Christ, and daily disciplines to help one on that journey. 
  • Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices that Transform Us, Adele Ahlberg Calhoun, Intervarsity Press, 2015. Practical, accessible guidance on how to do the disciplines of the Christian life. This handbook is a great reference for incorporating spiritual practices into everyday life. You may want to ask a student to work through the book with you, intentionally practicing each of these disciplines as you read them.   

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