St. Benedict's Toolbox: The Nuts and Bolts of Everyday Benedictine Living

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Church Publishing, Inc., May 1, 2005 - Religion - 206 pages
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When St. Benedict formed his first small community of monks at Monte Cassino on the hilltop, Italy--and much of Europe--was ravaged by war. The Roman Empire was breaking apart, and politics, cultural life, and even the Church, were all in disarray. In the midst of these tumultuous times, Benedict offered his followers a "little rule," a guide about the size of a checkbook, that showed his monks the way to peace as they learned to prefer Christ above all things.

Though it was written nearly 1500 years ago, the Rule of Benedict still offers the practical tools for living a Christ-centered today. Here in St. Benedict's Toolbox, readers will find a primer on how to use these tools in their own tumultuous lives. Each chapter examines one aspect of the Rule, from ways of praying to ways of embracing humility, and offers suggestions for prayer, reflection, journaling, and action. As they learn to use Benedict's tools, readers will discover the power--and the timeliness--of this ancient way of life.

  

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Review: St. Benedict's Toolbox: The Nuts and Bolts of Everyday Benedictine Living

User Review  - Phil - Goodreads

This is an admirable workbook for applying the wisdom of St. Benedict's Rule to everyday life; a shift which has been gaining momentum for the last three of four decades. The intent is to take this ... Read full review

Review: St. Benedict's Toolbox: The Nuts and Bolts of Everyday Benedictine Living

User Review  - Jeremy - Goodreads

A very useful book expanding on the themes of St. Benedict's Rule. Each chapter fleshes out a theme (ie, obedience, stability, the daily office, etc.) and includes exercises (tools) to help you integrate the teaching with actual practice. Read full review

Contents

Getting Started
15
Listening to God in Scripture
32
T he Benedictine Vows T he vore ol the Rule
43
We Listen to Respond
61
Openness and Transformation
83
More Tools for Daily Lite
103
Hearts Overflowing with Love
120
Keeping a Holy Benedictine Lent Anytime
142
Benedictine Work and Service
153
JO What Are You Looking For? Developing a Rule of Life
172
Living in the Present Moment
183
Endnotes
191
Suggested Reading
200
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Jane Tomaine is an Episcopal priest.

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