Finding Sanctuary: Monastic Steps for Everyday Life  -     By: Abbot Christopher Jamison
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Liturgical Press / 2009 / Paperback

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In Finding Sanctuary Abbot Christopher Jamison, host of the BBC television series The Monastery shows how the rule of Benedict is not (as commonly assumed) a set of hard-and-fast regulations, but rather insight and suggestion for daily living. St. Benedict wrote his Rule for monastic living 1,500 years ago and his insight for Christian living still guides people today, with many of the rules adapted to local conditions (as Benedict requested). Finding Sanctuary explains how St. Benedict's wisdom can be applied to busy modern lives, and how sanctuary, peace, and insight can be achieved by people living inside and outside of monasteries.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Liturgical Press
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 7.80 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0814632637
ISBN-13: 9780814632635
Availability: Expected to ship on or about 11/28/14.

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Publisher's Description

In his classic Second Book of Dialogues, Pope Gregory the Great lionizes Saint Benedict as hero and casts him predominantly in the role of miracle worker. Yet in his Rule, Benedict comes across more as a practical community organizer and premier spiritual father. In this volume, Terrence Kardong offers a fresh take on Gregory the Great's classic. He alternates between translated sections of the Diablo's and his own commentary. Crisp and direct, and infused with his wry and ever-present sense of humor, Kardong's writings sure to build up the spiritual life of readers and, equally important, to make them love St. Benedict.

Terrence Kardong, OSB, is a monk of Assumption Abbey in Richardton, North Dakota. He is editor of American Benedictine Review and author of Benedict's Rule and Day by Day with Saint Benedict, both published by Liturgical Press.

Author Bio

Christopher Jamison is former abbot of Worth Abbey, a Benedictine monastery near London. He is also president of the International Commission on Benedictine Education and sits on the Council of the Alliance for International Monasticism, a body that promotes links between monasteries across the North/South divide. He is author of Finding Sanctuary: Monastic Steps for Everyday Life and was the host of the popular BBC documentary series The Monastery.

Endorsements

"There is much to be appreciated at this buffet. What’s most appealing is that it is written for a significant and growing audience: the unchurched spiritual seeker. . . . There’s much to recommend this book to that unchurched seeker who’s looking to learn more, or simply someone who may be interested in contemporary applications of monasticism. It all depends, I guess, on what you’re hungry for."
-American Benedictine Review

". . . readers will be surprised at how important ancient monastic practices are for our modern lives. The book is well worth reading."
-Liguorian

"Abbot Christopher outlines the wisdom of St. Benedict and suggests how it can be applied to people outside the monastery. His voice is tuned especially for those who are not sure what they believe but are looking for ways to find spiritual space and peace in the busy and often confusing modern world."
-Crux

"There is much food for thought and prayer as Jamison details counter-cultural chapters on silence, contemplation, obedience, humility, community, spirituality and hope. In his explanation of each of these qualities of a Benedictine-informed life, he assists us to assess our own spiritual awkwardness, states of denial and compromise, lack of religious depth and avoidance of conversion. Whatever might be our failings or foibles, Jamison supports us in creating a meaningful and theologically grounded sanctuary for everyday living."
-Catholic Studies

"At one time, spirituality and religion were the same; not today. One can experience spirituality without being a member of a religion, and many have turned away from Christianity or other religions looking for some kind of spirituality that will make them feel good or give them whatever they need in life. Abbot Christopher talks about those who shop for spirituality and shows that religion and spirituality should not be separated. Abbot Christopher’s last chapter us on hope; the Rule of St. Benedict encourages all followers not to lose hope in life and, especially, in life everlasting. . . . Finding Sanctuary is highly recommended to those looking for more in life than the rat race."
-Curled Up With A Good Book

"Few will be able to simply read this book, but instead will find themselves absorbing it."
-Writing Works

Author Bio

Christopher Jamison is abbot of Worth Abbey, a Benedictine monastery near London. He is also president of the International Commission on Benedictine Education and sits on the Council of the Alliance for International Monasticism, a body that promotes links between monasteries across the North/South divide. He is author of Finding Happiness: Monastic Steps for a Fulfilling Life and was the host of the popular BBC documentary series "The Monastery".

Editorial Reviews

This book helped me to make daily time alone with God a continued priority in my life.

Christianity Magazine

There is much to be appreciated at this buffet. What’s most appealing is that it is written for a significant and growing audience: the unchurched spiritual seeker. . . . There’s much to recommend this book to that unchurched seeker who’s looking to learn more, or simply someone who may be interested in contemporary applications of monasticism. It all depends, I guess, on what you’re hungry for.
American Benedictine Review

. . . readers will be surprised at how important ancient monastic practices are for our modern lives. The book is well worth reading.
Liguorian

Abbot Christopher outlines the wisdom of St. Benedict and suggests how it can be applied to people outside the monastery. His voice is tuned especially for those who are not sure what they believe but are looking for ways to find spiritual space and peace in the busy and often confusing modern world.
Crux

There is much food for thought and prayer as Jamison details counter-cultural chapters on silence, contemplation, obedience, humility, community, spirituality and hope. In his explanation of each of these qualities of a Benedictine-informed life, he assists us to assess our own spiritual awkwardness, states of denial and compromise, lack of religious depth and avoidance of conversion. Whatever might be our failings or foibles, Jamison supports us in creating a meaningful and theologically grounded sanctuary for everyday living.
Catholic Studies

At one time, spirituality and religion were the same; not today. One can experience spirituality without being a member of a religion, and many have turned away from Christianity or other religions looking for some kind of spirituality that will make them feel good or give them whatever they need in life. Abbot Christopher talks about those who shop for spirituality and shows that religion and spirituality should not be separated. Abbot Christopher’s last chapter us on hope; the Rule of St. Benedict encourages all followers not to lose hope in life and, especially, in life everlasting. . . . Finding Sanctuary is highly recommended to those looking for more in life than the rat race.
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Few will be able to simply read this book, but instead will find themselves absorbing it.
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