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Overview Listen, My Son (the opening lines of Benedict's Rule) breaks the Rule into short daily readings and provides commentary too help strengthen men in their role as open-hearted, attentive, and intelligent fathers and husbands. Without underestimating the emotional, spiritual, and physical demands of fatherhood, Longnecker also holds up the joys of developing a strong bond with God - one that nutures the individual man and that provides him with the ability to grow himself and his family in faithfulness, service and love.
Publishers Description Listen, My Son (the opening words of Benedict's Rule) breaks the Rule into small daily portions and provides commentary specifically geared to help men be better husbands and parents. Without underestimating the emotional, spiritual, and physical demands of fatherhood, Longenecker also holds up the joys of developing a strong bond with God -- one that nurtures the individual man, and that provides him with the ability to grow himself and his family in faithfulness, service, and love.
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Studio: Morehouse Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.52" Width: 5.53" Height: 0.78" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2000
Publisher Morehouse Publishing
ISBN 0819218561 ISBN13 9780819218568
Reviews - What do customers think about Listen My Son: St. Benedict for Fathers?
Brings the RSB into layman's terms. Jan 1, 2007
Don't let the title scare you mothers away. "Listen My Son: St. Benedict for Fathers" brings the reader through the Rule of Saint Benedict, (RSB), by way of a brief daily reading that explains each section as it would be applicable in any parent's life today. The entire RSB is read within one year's time.
It is often said that child birth comes without any instruction manual. "Listen My Son: St. Benedict for Fathers" can be that manual.
This would make an excellent gift for a new parent.
thoughtful, helpful book Jun 25, 2004
Dr. Longenecker's meditations on the rule of St. Benedict are both inpirational and pragmatic. This book offer a useful re-tooling and reapplication of these essentially monastic directives for use in family life. It makes me want to work more dilligently at being a better father and person.
Excellent initial experience with St. Benedict Jan 25, 2004
My mother gave this book to all her sons (including me) for Christmas a year ago. This was my first exposure to Saint Benedict and his Rule. At that time I had very little exposure to the monastic life. As I read this book I could really begin to appreciate the devout nature of Benedict and his followers. It is clear that these men who give up their lives for Christ, these monks, truely have a calling to this vocation.
I really liked the interpretation that went along after each rule by Dr. Longenecker. This was especially valuable as I had not been experienced these teachings before. I highly reccommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning about the contemplative life.
as a mother Jul 15, 2002
As a mother, I was intrigued by the title of this book, and now wish that I had read it long ago, when my children were younger. The advice is age-old and not just for fathers, rather, it is inspiring for all adults, but especially parents trying to keep a family together in these chaotic days.
high marks... Jul 9, 2002
As any who have read an ancient work in translation will tell you, any commentary that is included can be a blinding distraction, or the most illuminating aspect of the literature. In this case, Longenecker's accompanying prose is surely the latter. Benedict's Rule is related to the work of a father with practiced ease and grace. The work is profoundly instructive. In fact, my only gripe is with the slightly unwieldy, slightly overlong introduction. Though it should by no means be skipped, I remember feeling a little anxious to get on to St. Benedict. Very high marks though, I thoroughly recommend this book to any father, or mother for that matter.