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Ancient Paths : Discover Christian Formation the Benedictine Way - David Robinson

Ancient Paths

Discover Christian Formation the Benedictine Way

Paperback Published: 1st July 2010
ISBN: 9781557257734
Number Of Pages: 180

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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

Prefacep. vii
Introdution: Which Way Will We Go?p. xi
Ancient Perspectives on Christian Formation
How Benedict Transformed the Worldp. 3
Benedictine Essentials for The Journeyp. 18
The Path of Communal Prayerp. 41
The Path of Spiritual Guidancep. 56
The Path of Ordinary Spiritualityp. 76
The Path of Lectio Divinap. 92
The Path of Hospitalityp. 109
Christian Formation As a Way of Life Together
How Benedict Is Still Transforming the Worldp. 129
Five Case Studies of Christian Formationp. 152
A Guide for Christian Formation in a Local Churchp. 172
User's Guide to Going on a Monastic Retreatp. 182
A Year of Tools for Christian Formationp. 198
Afterword: Guidance on Ancient Pathsp. 204
Acknowledgmentsp. 209
Appendix: Twelve-Week Study Guide for Ancient Pathsp. 211
Notesp. 221
Selected Bibliographyp. 231
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ISBN: 9781557257734
ISBN-10: 1557257736
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 180
Published: 1st July 2010
Publisher: Paraclete Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.07 x 13.72  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.3