Monk Habits for Everyday People Benedictine Spirituality for Protestants

ISBN-10: 1587431858
ISBN-13: 9781587431852
Edition: 2007
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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Brazos Press
Publication date: 12/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.660

In their zeal for reform, early Protestant leaders tended to throw out Saint Benedict with the holy water. That is a mistake, writes Dennis Okholm, in Monk Habits for Everyday People. While on retreat in a Benedictine abbey, the author, a professor who was raised as a Pentecostal and a Baptist, observed how the meditative and ordered life of a monk lifted Jesus teachings off the printed page and put them into daily practice. Vital aspects of devotion, humility, obedience, hospitality, and evangelism took on new clarity and meaning. Paralleling that experience, Okholm guides the reader on a focused and instructive journey that can revitalize the devotional life of any Christian who wants to slow down and dig deeper.

Okholm (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) teaches in the department of theology and philosophy at Haggard School of Theology, Azusa Pacific University. Previously he was associate professor of theology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is also an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and an oblate of a Benedictine monastery (Blue Cloud Abbey, SD). He has coauthored and coedited several books, including two collections of papers presented at the annual Wheaton Theology Conference and Welcome to the Family: An Introduction to Evangelical Christianity (all in partnership with Timothy R. Phillips).

Kathleen Norris is the award-winning author of "Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith"; "The Cloister Walk"; & the forthcoming "The Virgin of Bennington". She lives in South Dakota & Hawaii.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
What's a Good (Protestant Evangelical) Boy Doin' in a Monastery?
Why Benedictine Spirituality for Protestants?
Learning to Listen
Poverty: Sharing the Goods
Obedience: Objectifying Providence
Humility: Letting Go of the Mask
Hospitality: The Guest as Christ
Stability: Staying Put to Get Somewhere
Balance: God in Everything
To Change the World!
A Historical Afterword: Why the Protestant Reformers Opposed Monasticism
Suggested Reading
Suggestions for Practicing Benedictine Spirituality
Notes

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