Item description for Benedict's Way: An Ancient Monk's Insights for a Balanced Life by Lonnie Collins Pratt, Daniel Homan Osb & Daniel Homan...
Overview In the sixth century, a monk named Benedict devised a code of practical principles by which he and his fellow monks could live together and grow in Christian spirit. Centuries later, the Rule of St. Benedict continues to guide and nurture men and women-both inside and outside monasteries-who seek to live a balanced spirituality. This contemplative guide is for individuals of all faiths in search of timeless wisdom. In thirty short chapters, author Lonni Collins Pratt and Father Daniel Homan provide stories, reflections, prayers, and actions through which the reader can understand Benedict's principles and allow them to shape ordinary life. This small but powerful book can be used for personal retreat, spiritual reading, and general reflection.
Publishers Description An excellent source for spiritual reading today, "Benedict's Way" is actually a collection of practical principles for living developed back in the sixth century. Devised by a monk named Benedict so that he and his fellow monks could grow together in Christian spirit, the Rule of St. Benedict continues to guide and nurture ordinary men and women today who seek to live a balanced spirituality.In 30 short chapters, authors Lonni Collins Pratt and Father Daniel Homan provide stories, reflections, prayers, and actions through which the reader can understand Benedict's principles and allow them to shape ordinary life. This small but powerful book can be used for personal retreat, spiritual reading, and general reflection.
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Studio: Loyola Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.4" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2001
Publisher Loyola Press
Edition First Edition,
ISBN 0829417877 ISBN13 9780829417876
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More About Lonnie Collins Pratt, Daniel Homan Osb & Daniel Homan
Lonni Collins Pratt is an award-winning author and journalist with several books to her credit and more than one thousand magazine and newspaper articles. She is part of the community of friends in Oxford, Michigan, who support the work of the monks at St. Benedict Monastery. Daniel Homan, OSB, is prior major of St. Benedict Monastery in Oxford, Michigan, where he has lived the Rule of St. Benedict for forty years. He has led youth retreats for more than twenty-five years and coauthored "Here I am Lord," a prayer journal for teenagers, with Lonni Collins Pratt.
Reviews - What do customers think about Benedict's Way: An Ancient Monk's Insights for a Balanced Life?
For Balance in Life Turn to the Ancient Wisdom Aug 2, 2006
In the rush of our lifestyle, instant is the watchword for our culture. BENEDICT'S WAY by Lonni Collins Pratt and Father Daniel Homan, OSB, helps you take a deep breath and learn from an unexpected source of strength. St. Benedict is often credited as being the father of Western monasticism. He lived in a time when chaos rocked Christianity and the situation seemed to be worsening with every passing day. In the middle of such chaos, Benedict was a man with order, sense and peace. Doesn't the quest for balance resonate with most of us?
The authors describe their purpose saying, "This book is our attempt to enliven the Rule of St. Benedict for those who have never read it, as well as those who are already familiar with the Rule." Father Homan is prior major of St. Benedict Monastery in Oxford, Michigan and has lived the Rule of St. Benedict for forty years. Lonni Pratt is an award-winning journalist and a Catholic laywoman who has informally associated with the monastery through friendship. The pair of authors have a common interest in Benedictine spirituality.
Thirty short chapters enlighten the reader about keys to spirituality like listening, prayer, work, stability, friendship, balance and celebration. Each chapter includes a quote from St. Benedict, then a brief section from a scholar of St. Benedict. Also a short devotional thought is included and a section of application called, "Going Inward." As the Rule of St. Benedict says about joy, "As we journey I this way of life and in faith, we shall run on the path...our hearts overflowing with the inexpressible delight of love."
Readers can expect insight and wisdom as they learn from St. Benedict. You can read the book daily in the morning or before bed or as a refreshing break in the middle of a hectic day at work.
A different perspective Sep 29, 2002
Of the reviewers posted here, I think I am probably the only one who read Radical Hospitality, the other book by these authors, before reading Benedict's Way. I like Radical Hospitality better if only because it spoke to me about how I need to make some changes in my life. Benedict's Way is a great book for anyone who wants to go a little deeper into benedictine spirituality but isn't much into serious scholarship. My brother is a Benedictine monk and he showed me a review of the book that came out recently. It talked about how this book is written in a simple and direct style but there is an evident scholarship lurking in the backgrounds of the authors. They just don't seem to be showy about it. Which is very good news for the reader who wants depth without pretentiousness. Even if you do read Radical Hospitality first, you'll love this book.
Simplify & Enjoy God's gift of life! Jan 12, 2001
Benedict's Way guides the reader easily into understanding God's intentions of our time here on earth. We have created a fast paced lifestyle that is self serving causing much anxiety. This is evident by the ever increaing need for lifestyle managing drugs. Our current society with all its technology and materialism has the highest rates of divorce, depression, sucide, etc., in history. It seems that all this financial wealth has done little to make us truly happy. Is it possible that God in is infinite wisdom understood this and inspired spiritual teachers like Buddha, Mother Terresa, and St. Benedict to teach us how to live?
Pratt and Homan have challenged the reader to look at their own life and reflect on it. For me personally this book has opened my eyes to my own self serving ways. Each chapter is thought provoking and one of my favorites Balance and Celebration caused me to pause and look at how I approach my family time, work time, personal time, spritual time, etc.
The format makes this an easy read with each chapter ending in a reflective prayer. Another great aspect of the book is the suggested reading section that includes web-sites to visit.
This book is a must read for anyone serious about living a simplier spirit filled life.
Somewhere to begin Jan 5, 2001
I'm new to Benedictine spirituality but am learning to value the simple things. I thought that made this book a good place to start my Benedictine journey. The book challenged my long-held ideas about spirituality and the nature of the universe and I came away feeling good about myself believing that maybe the universe is a good place after all. It helped me. I think that's what I really needed from a book rather than advice on Benedictine spirituality although I'm confident that is also a strength for this book. We all want balance and this really does help.
The Family Cloister Oct 4, 2000
Many today are discovering the "The Rule of St. Benedict" as a buried treasure, offering wise guidance for non-monastics in the pursuit of spiritual maturity in "the family cloister". Collins Pratt & Homan not only give us the treasure map, but help us dig up the treasure and catalog the wealth of wisdom we've discovered from Benedict. They take us one step further, offering practical insights for daily practice of the spiritual life, personalizing the insights gained from Benedict's "Rule". For another similar book, this one specifically written for parents, take a look into "The Family Cloister: Benedictine Wisdom for the Home", by David Robinson (New York: Crossroad, May 2000).