What's New in the Resource Center? Discovering the Benedictine Way features two new titles in the Resource Center.
Ancient Path: Discovering Christian Formation the Benedictine Way by David Robinson offers personal and practical insights into "The Rule of St. Benedict", an ancient guidebook for Christian formation in community. Drawing upon centuries of Benedictine spirituality and monastic spiritual practices, Ancient Paths presents a five-fold approach to spiritual formation in community. While Benedict wrote his guidebook for monks living in the early sixth century, Ancient Paths presents Benedict's perspectives and principles as a rich source of wisdom and practical guidance for Christian formation today. Ancient Paths is a field-tested guidebook, showing how this way of life has been lived by monastics day by day over the past fifteen centuries. Through biblical principles and practical applications for Christian formation today, readers will discover ancient, but new ways of living their faith together with others. This book also provides guidance for pastors, priests, and lay-leaders in the local congregation for helping to grow a community of faith in the ancient way of Christ. A twelve-week study guide is also provided for individuals, home groups, house churches and small group leaders.
A Good Life: Benedict's Guide to Everyday Joy by Robert Bentson directs us toward what makes a good life in today's fast-paced, competitive world. "There is no shortage of good days," writes Annie Dillard. "It is good lives that are hard to come by." Reflecting on what makes a "good life," Robert Benson offers a warmhearted, humorous guide to enriching our lives with the wisdom of Benedict, a 6th century monk. Each chapter is shaped around a Benedictine principle: prayer, rest, community, and work, and reveals the brilliant and infinitely practical ways that Benedictine spirituality can shape our lives today. Benson is honest and wise, sharing his own failings and the constant tension that he feels between the demands of the temporal and the spiritual. For anyone who feels caught in a web of conflicting priorities, or who finds the pace of modern life more draining than fulfilling, A Good Life will come as a welcome treat for the soul. (85 pages)