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In Praise of the Useles Life (paperback) NEW! 

A Monk's Memoir

Monastic life and its counter-cultural wisdom come alive in the stories of Br. Paul Quenon, O.C.S.O., during five decades as a Trappist at the Abbey of the Gethsemani. He served as a novice under Thomas Merton and welcomed well-known visitors, including Sr. Helen Prejean and Seamus Heaney, to Merton's hermitage. In Praise of the Useless Life includes his reflections on what it means to live each day with careful attentiveness.

142 pages, paperback, 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"

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Atchison Blue (paperback) NEW! 


A Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home, and a Living Faith

The first time Judith Valente arrived at Mount St. Scholastica Monastery, she came prepared to teach a course on poetry and the soul. Instead, she found herself the student, taking lessons from the Benedictine sisters in the healing nature of silence, how to cultivate habits of mindful living, and the freeing reality that conversion is a lifelong process.

The sisters presented Valente with a view of monastic life and wisdom that brought spiritual healing to her fast-paced life – and promises to do the same for her readers. Paperback, 182 pages, 5-3/8" x 8-7/16"

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Report from Calabria (paperback) NEW! 

A Season with the Carthusian Monks

Describes and illustrates the silence, prayer, and austere simplicity of the Carthusian way of life as they were encountered by the author, an anonymous priest who spent four months with the Carthusian community in Calabria, Italy.

The contemplative vocation -- bracing and yet deeply human -- comes alive in this vivid account of very little happening yet a lot going on. Illustrated with over 30 color photos.

Paperback, 142 pages, 7" x 10"

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Trappist Beer Travels: Inside the Breweries (hardcover) NEW! 

Inside the Breweries

This combination beer journal, history book, and travelogue grants readers rare access inside monastery walls for an in-depth look at the legendary breweries of Trappist monks. Join three American beer writers as they travel the globe, and come to appreciate each abbey with a reverence informed by the brewery directors and monks themselves.

Read about the origins of the Trappist religious order and the monks' long enduring relationship with the art of brewing. Hundreds of full-color photographs transport you inside these monasteries and their rarely-seen breweries.

In separate chapters, you will explore all 11 abbey breweries, including the expansive production facilities at Chimay, the coveted gates of Westvleteren, the ancient sunbaked walls of Tre Fontane, even America's first Trappist brewery in Spencer, Massachusetts.

Learn about their histories and beers, gain helpful travel tips, and enjoy both new and historical photography and original artwork capturing the spirit of each destination.

Hardcover, 207 pages, 239 color images, 7-1/4" x 10-1/4"
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Wisdom from the Monastery (paperback)

A Program of Spiritual Healing

For almost two millennia, Christian men and women have banded together to live in devotion to God and humanity.

Wisdom from the Monastery, written by three very modern seekers who visited Benedictine, Franciscan and Cistercian monastic communities in Germany to explore facets of the contemplative life, reveals what these lay practitioners found so rewarding and deeply relevant to their lives today. The book's warm, engaging tone presents millennia-tested practices of contemplative Christianity: fasting, healing and meditation. One need not be Catholic, nor even Christian, to benefit from fasting, herbal and other natural remedies, and profound approaches to prayer, meditation, and silence.

Featuring over 100 photographs, daily exercises, personal anecdotes, and fascinating snippets on monastic experience through the ages, Wisdom from the Monastery introduces readers to a cast of remarkable monks and nuns who have chosen lives of renunciation and simplicity. Within these pages, monastic wisdom demonstrates its relevance across millennia and beyond monastery walls. Paperback, 381 pages.
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St. Benedict's Monastery (hardcover)

Snowmass, Colorado
by Fr. William Meninger, O.C.S.O.

In 2006, St. Benedict's Monastery celebrated its 50th anniversary in living and passing on the ancient Benedictine tradition as interpreted by the 11th-century Cistercian Order. In 1956, a small group of monks left St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts, to become the founding fathers of St. Benedict's. While living in a 100-year-old farmhouse and its adjacent barns, they began construction of the present monastery. Since that time, the monks of St. Benedict's have striven to follow the Rule of St. Benedict by becoming a "school of charity." This book is an attempt to share the present life of the community with its visitors and friends. With photography by Brother John Ruzicka, O.C.S.O. Hardcover, 112 pages.
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Through Faith & Fire (hardcover) BARGAIN PRICE!

The Monks of Spencer

Tells of the founding and growth of St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts -- home of Trappist Preserves. This remarkable story spans centuries and crosses continents, from years of persecution in Napoleon's Europe to decades of adventure in the new lands of America. A vivid recounting by Gabriel Bertoniere (himself a monk of Spencer) that brings this compelling history and its cast of characters to life with an honest and loving voice. Woven into the story are his intriguing insights into monastic life. Includes maps, paintings and historical photos. Hardcover, 624 pages.

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Living in the Land of Desire

A beautifully illustrated introduction to Mepkin Abbey in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. Breathtaking photos and poetic prose will draw you into the prayerful rhythms of monasticism. Explore the history of the Order as well as essential elements which shape Trappist life. Topics include solitude, anticipation, hospitality, patience, commitment, work and love of scripture. A unique look into the life of individuals who have chosen this quiet life with God. Color and B&W photos. Large hardcover, 11.3 x 8.8 inches, 176 pages.

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A Week Inside a Catholic Monastery

Meet the monks of GETHSEMANI ABBEY in Kentucky (Thomas Merton's home); listen to reflections on their unique lifestyle and learn to better understand the person who is called to live the monastic way. Includes a guide to monastic sites in North America that receive visitors as well as a detailed glossary. An excellent introduction to monastic spirituality and the perfect preparation for your first retreat. B & W photos.
Hardcover, 197 pages.

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