Review: Finding Sanctuary: Monastic Steps for Everyday Life

Finding Sanctuary: Monastic Steps for Everyday LifeFinding Sanctuary: Monastic Steps for Everyday Life by Christopher Jamison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This a wonderful summary of the beauty and wisdom to be found in the Rule of St Benedict as expressed by someone who has lived that Rule for over forty years.

Inspired by his community’s involvement in a BBC TV series entitled The Monastery, and using the imagery of building a sanctuary, Abbot Christopher Jamison draws out the fundamental lessons of the monastic life has for the everyday life of the Christian – or indeed non-believer.

This book is very accessible, very readable, thought-provoking, reflection-prompting, and, very definitely, one of those books that will be revisited again and again.

From the back cover:

In this inspirational and practical book, Abbot Christopher Jamison, from Worth Abbey – the abbey featured in the TV series, The Monastery – offers ways in which the lessons of monastic living and the teachings of St. Benedict can be put into practice in our hectic, modern, and unmonastic lives.

St. Benedict wrote his Rule for monastic living 1,500 years ago. It is a book of insights about Christian living, with suggestions about how to put those insights into practice. The insights of the Rule are still guiding people today, and they are the foundation of the sanctuaries that are the Benedictine monasteries and convents of the 21st Century.

In Finding Sanctuary, Abbot Christopher outlines the wisdom of St. Benedict and suggests how it can be applied to people outside the monastery. He speaks especially to 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.

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