We finally have a comprehensive study of how the formative process works, something sorely needed in modern religious life. This book is like honey from the rock for anyone interested in how the human and divine work together to form a spiritual person. Michael reminds us that there is nothing secret or esoteric about formation though many of us have been bewildered by its complexity. We have come to expect clarity and richness from a Michael Casey book, and this one will not disappoint us.
Abbot Brendan Freeman, New Melleray Abbey, Peosta, Iowa
At last, a much-needed handbook for formation in monastic communities. There is no one better placed for the task. Michael Casey brings years of experience and a practical wisdom. He combines a deep knowledge and love of the monastic tradition with a down-to-earth understanding of twenty-first century challenges. This book is to be recommended not just to formators, but as spur to all our monastic communities to improve the quality of the pastoral care we give to the newcomer.
Dom Brendan Thomas
Director, Monastic Formators’ Program, Rome
Novice Master, Belmont Abbey, England