• 9780824523220
Joan Chittister (Author)

The Rule of Benedict

A Spirituality for the 21st Century
  • Imprint: Crossroad
  • Imprint: Crossroad
  • Imprint: Crossroad
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  • Title: The Rule of Benedict
  • Subtitle: A Spirituality for the 21st Century
  • Page Count: 328
  • Available Formats: Epub (9780824523220), Mobipocket (9780824523237), Trade-paper (9780824525941)
  • Edition: EPUB
  • Original language: English
  • Retail US: Epub (15.99), Mobipocket (15.99), Trade-paper (19.95)
  • Retail Canada: Epub (18.99), Mobipocket (18.99), Trade-paper (20.99)
  • Retail Canada: 18.99

Joan Chittister (Author)

Joan Chittister is an internationally known author and lecturer, and the executive director of Benetvision: A Resource and Research Center for Contemporary Spirituality. She is past president of the Conference of American Benedictine Prioresses and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. She currently serves as cochair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a partner organization of the UN. Her books include The Friendship of Women, The Gift of Years, In Search of Belief, In the Heart of the Temple, and Wisdom Distilled from the Daily. She lives in Erie, Pennsylvania.

  1. Plenty of books exist to help you understand the Rule of Saint Benedict, or to encourage a daily study/devotional reading of this foundational monastic text. But there are good reasons to start with this one. Chittister, who is herself a Benedictine Sister, offers an honest and thoughtful consideration of how a text that is some 1500 years old continues to be relevant today — not only to monastics, but for anyone who is seeking an authentic spirituality in our chaotic age. Like Benedict himself, Chittister is down-to-earth (humble) and practical in her insightful reflections. Like many Rule devotionals, this is arranged to be read daily over a four month cycle, thereby making it an ideal text for your regular morning or evening practice.
    --Carl McColman Review
  2. “Any religious or lay person will welcome and identify with her book's universal themes and concrete examples. Its message is profound and yet accessible to those ‘beginners’ for whom Benedict intended his Rule in the first place.”
    --Review for Religious
  3. “Chittister's interpretation . . . arranged according to the three-cycle reading Benedictines accomplish each year, is one of the best I have seen. Her commentary is itself a modern reworking of the Rule for contemporary Christians.”
    --The Episcopal New Yorker
  4. “By offering informed commentary that links St. Benedict’s Rule with contemporary questions (stewardship, relationships, authority, community, balance, work, simplicity, prayer, and spiritual and psychological development), Sr. Joan succeeds in her task of making an ancient document accessible to a modern reading public.”
    --New Oxford Review

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