A Good Life: Benedict's Guide to Everyday Joy

A Good Life Benedict s Guide to Everyday Joy There is no shortage of good days writes Annie Dillard It is good lives that are hard to come by Reflecting on what makes a good life Robert Benson offers a warmhearted humorous guide to enriching

  • Title: A Good Life: Benedict's Guide to Everyday Joy
  • Author: Robert Benson
  • ISBN: 9781557253569
  • Page: 172
  • Format: Paperback
  • There is no shortage of good days, writes Annie Dillard It is good lives that are hard to come by Reflecting on what makes a good life, Robert Benson offers a warmhearted, humorous guide to enriching our lives with the wisdom of Benedict, a 6th century monk Each chapter is shaped around a Benedictine principle prayer, rest, community, and work, and reveals the br There is no shortage of good days, writes Annie Dillard It is good lives that are hard to come by Reflecting on what makes a good life, Robert Benson offers a warmhearted, humorous guide to enriching our lives with the wisdom of Benedict, a 6th century monk Each chapter is shaped around a Benedictine principle prayer, rest, community, and work, and reveals the brilliant and infinitely practical ways that Benedictine spirituality can shape our lives today Benson is honest and wise, sharing his own failings and the constant tension that he feels between the demands of the temporal and the spiritual For anyone who feels caught in a web of conflicting priorities, or who finds the pace of modern life draining than fulfilling, A Good Life will come as a welcome treat for the soul.

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    1. Robert Benson's measured prose is well-suited to his topic of following St. Benedict's advocacy for an ordered life. Using personal experience and just enough challenge to the reader, Benson draws us in to believe that a good life is possible and worth pursuing. Along the way, he explains how this can take place.A takeaway for me comes out of Benson's chapter on Work, where he speaks of Benedict's recognition of three roles in community: abbot, artist and cellarer. Abbots lead, out of humility a [...]

    2. Benson takes The Rule of Saint Benedict as a starting point for reflection on--as the title states--"a good life." Benson explores Saint Benedict's four "pieces" of life: prayer, rest, community, and work. Then, in the end, Benson issues an invitation for us all to write our own "Rule of Whatever-Your-Name-Is," to "take hold of Benedict's words and wrestle with them until there are moments that begin to reveal to you a way to order your life in ways that make it more possible for you to balance [...]

    3. If one has never read anything about the Rule of St. Benedict, this is a great place to start. I strongly recommend that you have a copy of the Rule also. In fact, I recommend you read the Rule of St. Benedict and then read this book.If you are well acquainted with the Rule, as I am, you may still from joy reading it because the author shares his own personal stuff with us and illumines the RB through his experiences. I've been living a Benedictinesque (I made that word up) since Feb,1982 and I [...]

    4. this is a collection of reflections-each of which started with a passage from Benedict's writing. They were thought-provoking. I just wanted more. depth, longer.

    5. Beautiful little book used on my spiritual retreat. It's not a "how to become a monk" guide; but, rather, a guide to finding one's own rhythm reflected in the rule of Saint Benedict.

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