Ancient Paths: Discover Christian Formation the Benedictine Way

Ancient Paths: Discover Christian Formation the Benedictine Way

by David G. Robinson


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The classic path for growing a Christian community.

This innovative guide to Christian formation offers an ancient-yet-contemporary approach to growth in Christ. Providing practical guidance for pastors and lay leaders in the local congregation and help for home groups, house churches, and small groups, Ancient Paths will show you the way that has formed millions of Christians over the last 1,500 years. A 12-week study guide is included.

"I highly recommend David Robinson's Ancient Paths. Robinson's pastoral heart is evident as he carefully peels back the layers of monastic wisdom--in practical and commonsense ways." –Laura Swan, OSB, author of Engaging Benedict

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781557257734
Publisher: Paraclete Press
Publication date: 07/01/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

David Robinson (M.Div., D.Min. Fuller Seminary) is a pastor of Community Church in Cannon Beach, Oregon, and a Benedictine Oblate of Mount Angel Abbey. He is married with three grown sons, and is the author of seven spirituality books, including Cloud Devotion and Ancient Paths: Discover Christian Formation the Benedictine Way. His author website is

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introdution: Which Way Will We Go? xi

Part 1 Ancient Perspectives on Christian Formation

1 How Benedict Transformed the World 3

2 Benedictine Essentials for The Journey 18

3 The Path of Communal Prayer 41

4 The Path of Spiritual Guidance 56

5 The Path of Ordinary Spirituality 76

6 The Path of Lectio Divina 92

7 The Path of Hospitality 109

Part 2 Christian Formation As a Way of Life Together

8 How Benedict Is Still Transforming the World 129

9 Five Case Studies of Christian Formation 152

10 A Guide for Christian Formation in a Local Church 172

l1 User's Guide to Going on a Monastic Retreat 182

12 A Year of Tools for Christian Formation 198

Afterword: Guidance on Ancient Paths 204

Acknowledgments 209

Appendix: Twelve-Week Study Guide for Ancient Paths 211

Notes 221

Selected Bibliography 231

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