Ancient Paths offers personal and practical insights into "The Rule of St. Benedict", an ancient guidebook for Christian formation in community. Drawing upon centuries of Benedictine spirituality and monastic spiritual practices, Ancient Paths presents a five-fold approach to spiritual formation in community. While Benedict wrote his guidebook for monks living in the early sixth century, Ancient Paths presents Benedict's perspectives and principles as a rich source of wisdom and practical guidance for Christian formation today.
Ancient Paths is a field-tested guidebook, showing how this way of life has been lived by monastics day by day over the past fifteen centuries. Through biblical principles and practical applications for Christian formation today, readers will discover ancient, but new ways of living their faith together with others. This book also provides guidance for pastors, priests, and lay-leaders in the local congregation for helping to grow a community of faith in the ancient way of Christ. A twelve-week study guide is also provided for individuals, home groups, house churches and small group leaders.
"Whether you are engaged in public office or business or a member of AA or a local parish, Ancient Paths applies the values of St. Benedict's sixth-century monastic Rule to your circumstances in modern life. This author is a path-finder." -Brother Benet Tvedten, OSB, author of How to Be a Monastic and Not Leave Your Day Job
"This is a book by an experienced Benedictine-not a monk and not a Catholic, but a Presbyterian pastor with a family who has spent twenty years living and studying the Rule of Benedict. His style is simple and gently; his many suggestions practical; his sincerity palpable." -Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, author of Essential Monastic Wisdom
"Eminently practical applications for any person interested in being re-molded into the image of God." -Dennis Okholm, Professor of Theology, Azusa Pacific University