The only criticisms I have are that the content is definitely dated: many of her specific images no longer apply, especially in world politics, her language is occasionally didactic and flat. She is able to convey, through a seemingly antiquated way of life, a compelling and thought provoking challenge - to live a life with meaning and purpose, just as God had intended for us all. Careful packaging and fast shipping. It asks for no great physical denials and gives no great mystical guarantees. I have a letter from Sr. It reawakens us to the life going on around us. Benedictinism is not a prescription frozen in time; it is time brought under the scrutiny of gospel values.
Joan's book and all her subsequent ones as well. You are encouraged to join a two-week online discussion of the book that will be part of this ongoing feature. Over 1,000,000 satisfied customers since 1997! Benedictine spirituality calls for depth in a world given over almost entirely to the superficial and the tinny. I loved this book like I love my deceased mother whose book this copy was. It is simply a plan of life, a set of principles that is cle I need this type of books so badly. Inevitably, I would look out the window at some point and it would be dark outside.
Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed. Text is clean but has lightly yellowed. Your power of remaining still on top of the water is one that is possessed by fish. Unfortunately, the Kindle version is replete with technical errors; missing punctuation and typographical errors chief among them. Three times a year a new Joan Chittister book will be featured with reviews, impact stories from readers, videos on the books from Sister Joan, excerpts and inspiring quotes from the book.
New York Times columnist David Brooks has written a wonderful new book called The Road to Character. So grateful for the recommendation from my Spiritual Director. It is so easy to simply get too busy to grow. Then I found this comment on prayer in Chapter 3. So, what does it mean to follow the Rule of Benedict, to think with a monastic mind-set, to live life more as gift than as struggle? It called for equality in a society full of classes and castes and calls us to equality in a world that proclaims everyone equal but judges everyone differently. The Benedictine does not set out to avoid life; the Benedictine sets out to live the ordinary life extraordinarily well. Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed.
It's clear that the Rule of St. The more I read from Joan Chittister, the greater the impression I have that I am reviewing the work of a living doctor. To say Joan Chittister captivated me in the first paragraph would hardly be an exaggeration. Could not recommend this book more highly - largely due to the very accessible, simple, no fuss manner in which it is scripted. By subscribing, you get access to a huge library of multimedia content, which is updated daily.
These have the potential of feeding the soul and enriching the lives of those who practice even without the support of a monastic community. Chittister addresses several modern themes with precise and refreshing truths. As I was reading this book, there were times when I thought she was describing a situation that had little relevance to today's society. If we're going to talk about spiritual things, we should really be talking here. Chittister's head with no editing and no accompanying practical suggestions. It may be those who are powerless by choice who can best demonstrate the power that comes from not having power. Prayer is a central practice, but care must be taken that this not become routine in the sense of being done mindlessly, by rote, but an active listening for the will of God should always be part of this.
To properly assess this book requires an extensive literate discussion--beyond what I will present today. It called for equality in a society full of classes and castes and calls us to equality in a world that proclaims everyone equal but judges everyone differently. Benedict was written around 435 B. This particular edition is in a Paperback format. Benedictine spirituality focuses much on interactions of people with each other and their environemt; listening to God's voice and learning to recognize it in every one you meet, and every event that occurs. I hope I get enough at one time in life to carry me through all the other times. Many have been surprised that their conversion of life, to use Benedictine language, can lead to subtle, and often not-so-subtle, changes in those around them.
While it is good for us to have purpose in our work—indeed that it is essential -- it is equally important that our lives have meaning. In regards to one of the reviews that labeled some of the information in the book as slightly dated, I am at a loss for where such a shortcoming occurred. While his Rule has been adopted and used by monastic brothers and sisters of various religious orders since the sixth century, it was meant to be a spiritual guide for all -- particularly lay persons. Each is to the other a necessity. It is quite another thing to go on speaking kindly to the same irritating relative, or irritating employee, or irritating child day after day, week after week, year after year and come to see in that what God is asking of me, what God is teaching me about myself in this weary, weary moment.