Is it surprising that a sixth-century monastic text, the Rule of St. Benedict, should be a guide for lay Christians living in todays world? In fact, the questions which St. Benedict had to face are still questions which face us today: how do I live with others? With the world? With myself? With God? How do I bring balance into my life? St. Benedict speaks to the heart, and this commentary approaches the Rule in a prayerful and reflective way. It will help many people who today are seeking a contemplative centre in a busy life. St. Benedicts writing is steeped in scripture. In the Middle Ages, his Rule was seen as a digest of the Bible. It therefore crosses the divides of the church and speaks to Christians of all denominations.
Esther De Waal
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, continues to be a bestseller and has been widely translated world-wide. It was followed by Living with Contradiction: Further Reflections of 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.
Esther de Waal has done it again - shown how amazingly relevant the Rule of St Benedict is to spirituality today. Countless people on the pilgrimage of faith will welcome and be challenged by this beautiful blend of insights old and fascinatingly new.