Richard Foster

Priming the Listening Pump

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A dear friend of mine is a gifted conversationalist. Conversational lull is rare when she’s in the mix, because she is either drawing others out through probing questions or introducing a new topic from something that’s recently piqued her interest. Her ability to connect to people means that many would…

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The Forgotten Art of Solitude

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All week I have looked forward to carving out a spot for Creative Stretch #4: Learning from Silence and Solitude. But the reality is, life is full and rather noisy. Seeking God in the quiet places requires that we first find the quiet places. My quiet places seem to have…

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Meaningful Togetherness Begins with Solitude

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Many years ago, I helped lead a study for some high school gals based on Richard Foster’s The Celebration of Discipline, which described various characteristics of the Christian life. One characteristic in particular caught my attention then and has held it since—the discipline of solitude. Solitude has always been comfortable…

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