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These two books [Oblation: Meditations on St. Benedict's Rule by Rachel M. Srubas and How To Be a Monastic and Not Leave Your Day Job: An Invitation to Oblate Life by Brother Benet Tvedten] deserve dual consideration. Both issued by Paraclete, they make a powerful case for the revival of one of the less well known monastic traditions of the West, the "oblates," who, while remaining laypeople in a lay life, are affiliated with a monastic house by their adherence to some of the basic tenets of the Benedictine rule. Tvedten (director, Oblates, Blue Cloud Abbey, SD) explains the history of Benedictine monasticism simply but in some detail as well as the history of oblates and their place in contemporary monastic houses, both Catholic and non-Catholic Benedictine. Srubas, herself both a Benedictine oblate and a Presbyterian clergywoman, has written a collection of poem-like prayers and meditations directed at oblates and inspired by the Benedictine rule. These volumes cast fresh light on a little-known practice and should interest many readers. For most collections. Graham Christian Library Journal January 1, 2006
Posted July 14, 2012
Informative and inspirational. A look inside the monastic life and
how the Rule of Benedict can be applied to every day life in the
"outside" world by those who are looking for a balanced life.
Posted February 14, 2008
I enjoyed it but I was expecting a more 'how to' as stated in the title. It was not instructional which is what I expecting. I do however plan on buying more books written by this author.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.