BN.com Gift Guide

Desiring Life

Overview

In Desiring Life, Norvene Vest brings the insights of Benedict’s Rule to the wisdom tradition. Desiring Life is the third book in her series on Benedictine spirituality for people living in the world today. Vest asks questions of pressing concern today, such as: What is the “good life” we seek? How can we learn to live with integrity and compassion, despite the growing gap between public ethics and narrow self-interest? How can we live fully and well? What sort of people should we as Christians try to be? In ...
See more details below
Paperback
$18.19
BN.com price
(Save 8%)$19.95 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (24) from $1.99   
  • New (8) from $11.97   
  • Used (16) from $1.99   
Desiring Life: Benedict on Wisdom and the Good Life

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$10.49
BN.com price
(Save 44%)$18.99 List Price

Overview

In Desiring Life, Norvene Vest brings the insights of Benedict’s Rule to the wisdom tradition. Desiring Life is the third book in her series on Benedictine spirituality for people living in the world today. Vest asks questions of pressing concern today, such as: What is the “good life” we seek? How can we learn to live with integrity and compassion, despite the growing gap between public ethics and narrow self-interest? How can we live fully and well? What sort of people should we as Christians try to be? In sections on wisdom, virtue, and ethics Vest describes these contemporary questions and addresses them through passages from Benedict’s Rule. Through the recovery of insights from the past, Vest believes, we can draw closer to the heart of our desire for life in all its fullness—union with God.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Spirituality & Health
Vest finds within the Benedictine tradition a healthy appreciation for desiring; she sees it as a key to unlocking the Divine dimension of modern life....How refreshing it is to read someone who is convinced about the nobility of virtue. Vest defines it as 'the capacity to live and act in accord with our deep human desire for wholeness.'
Spirituality and Health
Vest finds within the Benedictine tradition a healthy appreciation for desiring; she sees it as a key to unlocking the Divine dimension of modern life....How refreshing it is to read someone who is convinced about the nobility of virtue. Vest defines it as 'the capacity to live and act in accord with our deep human desire for wholeness.'
Cultural Information Service
How refreshing it is to read someone who is convinced about the nobility of virtue. Vest defines it as ‘the capacity to live and act in accord with our deep human desire for wholeness.’
Spiritual Book News
Vest presents our relationship to the world, to ourselves, and to each other in such a manner that in reading her words, one recognizes the ever-embracing love of God at the heart of such relationships. For anyone who desires a deeper experience of life, whether you are a seasoned follower of Benedict or a person turning to him for the first time, this book is an ideal companion for your journey.
Anglican Theological Review
. . . the value here lies not in the dazzling brilliance of the presenter’s thoughts, but in the structure and space they provide for meditation on one’s own life: this is a book to be used, not merely read.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561011827
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 8/25/2000
  • Series: The New Church's Teaching Series
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 1,458,572
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

NORVENE VEST leads workshops and retreats on Benedictine spirituality throughout the United States and Britain. She is an oblate of a Benedictine abbey in Valyermo, California, and the author of Preferring Christ, No Moment Too Small, and Friend of the Soul. For more information, please see her website www.composury.com.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Prologue: Desire as Problem and Promise
Part One: Wisdom
1. Desiring Life
2. Benedict and Wisdom
Part Two: Virtue
3. Developing Character
4. Benedict and Virtue
Part Three: Ethics
5. Living with Wisdom and Virtue
6. Benedict and Ethics
Endnotes
Questions for Reflection
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)