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Posted July 12, 2010
New Monasticism - Not Worth Your Time
When I first opened this book and started reading, it sounded promising. However, the further I read the less impressed I was. As you continue through the book, you read many examples and stories. They are interesting and sometimes informative, but the author does not bring the stories together very well into a single point for the chapter. Several chapters seem to be just a collection of stories with a salting of additional words. The section on the history was very disappointing with stories relating to monasticism, but not woven together in the chapter, so at the end you get a jumble of stories and admission of the author that he's no historian and wishes he had time to mention even more people. The only portion that I found interesting were the last two chapters, but they don't make up for slogging through the rest of the book. I hate to say it, but I would avoid this book, or if you really wanted, check it out from the library and read the last two chapters.
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