Making a Heart for God: A Week Inside a Catholic Monastery
A series of books offering a glimpse inside the places where people go to spend extended periods of time -- or entire lifetimes -- focused on prayer, meditation, or study. Each volume conveys a detailed view of daily life "inside the walls" in jargon-free language, and also introduces the heart of a great spiritual tradition.
Takes us into the Abbey of Gethsemani -- the Trappist monastery in Kentucky that was home to the author Thomas Merton -- to explore the details of spiritual and daily life.
A guide to locating a monastery near you, as well as a glossary of common monastic terms, make this an excellent introduction for the curious seeker -- and the perfect book to take along on your first monastic retreat. See p. 16 for the most recent addition to the A Week Inside series.