A Life-Giving Way
A Commentary on the Rule of St. Benedict
Life-Giving Way by Esther De Waal
Book DescriptionEsther de Waal comes to the Rule of St. Benedict as a lay woman who has studied the Rule and striven to live it. Benedict has been for her both supportive and challenging, both guide and prophet. His Rule asks not for blind obedience and conformity but for personal responsibility. While the Rule offers much to those seeking a pattern to the structure of their day-to-day, exterior" life, which de Waal's previous commentaries have addressed, this commentary focuses on what Benedict tells us about the interior life. It takes the shape of prayerful reflections on his words of wisdom regarding the disposition of the heart. It leads the reader, as the Rule was meant to lead the novice, to answer the very personal question we must all, as Christians, answer: "Am I truly seeking God?" Includes a copy of the Rule. Esther de Waal is a well-known author whose interests lie particularly in monastic and Celtic spirituality. Her first book, Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict (The Liturgical Press), continues to be a bestseller and has-been translated world wide. It was followed by Living with Contradiction: Further Reflections on the Rule and, most recently, A World Made Whole: Rediscovering the Celtic Tradition and A Seven Day Journey with Thomas Merton . She is married with four grown-up sons and lives in the Welsh Borders. "
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780814623589
(210mm x 140mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Liturgical Press
Publisher: Liturgical Press
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Esther De Waal
Living on the Border, Paperback (August 2011)
Celtic and monastic wisdom teaches that thresholds are sacred places. These meditations encourage us to become more receptive to our surroundings and learn to pause, reflect and meet God at the places of encounter and change in our lives.
Retreat with Thomas Merton, Paperback (January 2011)
The celebrated spiritual writer Thomas Merton remains one of the most influential voices of our day. Here, Esther de Waal devises a seven day personal or group retreat programme using extracts from Thomas Merton's writings and a selection of his photography.
Celtic Way of Prayer, Paperback (October 2010)View all books by Esther De Waal
Esther de Waal's classic guide to Celtic spirituality makes vital connections between the Celtic Christian world and our own world. This is an essential read for those wishing to engage with Celtic history and spirituality; its beauty and wisdom lingers in the mind well after the book has finished.
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