Recollected Heart: A Guide to Making a Contemplative Weekend Retreat

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Revised, updated, and back in print, The Recollected Heart offers readers all the tools they need to construct a meaningful monastic retreat at home or in a special silent place.

Amid the chaos of work, family, and the myriad responsibilities that dominate our lives, the need for retreat remains ever-present. Calling us to solitude, reflection, and quiet, Philip Zaleski identifies with the need for retreat and offers his monastic prescription ...

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Overview

Revised, updated, and back in print, The Recollected Heart offers readers all the tools they need to construct a meaningful monastic retreat at home or in a special silent place.

Amid the chaos of work, family, and the myriad responsibilities that dominate our lives, the need for retreat remains ever-present. Calling us to solitude, reflection, and quiet, Philip Zaleski identifies with the need for retreat and offers his monastic prescription for how to effectively find spiritual refreshment.

The Recollected Heart offers readers all the tools needed to construct a tried and true monastic retreat at home or in a special silent place. Zaleski's book is replete with practical tips on packing, preparing, and spiritual goal-setting. He outlines the timeless pattern of The Rule of St. Benedict and brings us to a renewed sense of self and spiritual wellness.

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What People Are Saying

Bill McKibben

This guide to slowing down for a little while was powerful when it first appeared in 1995. But that was before the Internet took hold, before the cellphone became ubiquitous, before we walked down city streets texting as we went. Now, in 2009, it's almost a mandatory read. (Bill McKibben Author of Deep Economy)

Huston Smith

Reading Philip Zaleski's The Recollected Heart made me want to drop everything and head for the hills to recover my capacity to truly live. (Huston Smith Author of The World's Religions)

Phyllis Tickle

The whole spectrum of what retreat means—its holy uses as well as its methods and articulation—is more fully explored, and more completely conveyed, in this small book than in any other contemporary one I know of. (Phyllis Tickle Compiler of The Divine Hours)

Pico Iyer

Philip Zaleski's pure-hearted and companionable book is a call to the best adventure of the soul that many of us have found. The more people who read it and respond to its summons, the saner and happier our world will be. (Pico Iyer Author of The Open Road)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594711992
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 194
  • Sales rank: 516,546
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Zaleski has published four books, most recently Prayer: A History, co-authored with his wife Carol Zaleski, with whom he has also written The Inklings and The Book of Hell, due out in 2010. He is currently a research associate in the Department of Religion at Smith College and resides in western Massachusetts.

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From The Recollected Heart:

If pressed, I might say that to discover the Benedictine world is to discover...just about everything. Read the Rule, and you will find the laws of a joyous, well-regulated, healthy, fulfilling life. Ponder the Benedictine vows, and you will learn the Christian meaning of stability, obedience, conversion, hospitality, and many another practice and virtue. Work like a Benedictine, and you will unearth the intimate relation between labor and faith. Pray like a Benedictine, and you may discover, with God's grace, the way to God.

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