The Rule of St. Benedict

It might seem strange to some that a monastic rule is on the list of books every Christian should read. This brief book offers the reader useful tips for ordering life in a way that connects with God and limits temptation. The monastic life Benedict endorses seeks help individuals work together to form a community seeking after God. My recommendation for those reading the Rule is to find disciplines which fit into your life now, gradually trying to add others. The Rule meant for those living a dedicated monastic life and does not completely translate to those outside a community. It does, though present a fabulous introduction to spiritual disciplines, particularly prayer and fasting. The Rule is a very short book, a fine selection for anyone who has not read much devotional literature.

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