Finding the Monk Within (paperback)

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Great Monastic Values for Today

With its focus upon key, dynamic monastic figures from late antiquity to the medieval period in the history of Christian spirituality, Finding the Monk Within shows what these figures can teach the contemporary reader about the relevance of monastic values for today: solitude and silence, faith and compassion, friendship and mentoring, contemplation and leadership.

Paperback, 328 pages, 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"

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Finding the Monk Within: Great Monastic Values for Today

Bestselling author Edward Sellner tells us about an ancient memory of monasticism that lies deep within every person and underlies much of contemporary culture. For today's spiritual seekers, he recovers this monastic memory and its important monastic values, such as solitude and silence, faith and compassion, friendship and mentoring, contemplation and leadership. Readers from all backgrounds will find inspiring ways to incorporate these values into their own lives.

Edward C. Sellner, PhD is a professor of pastoral theology and spirituality at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses for the past twenty-six years. He is also a popular national and international speaker and author on Christian spirituality, mentoring, and Celtic Spirituality.

"Ancient monastic wisdom courses through every line of this book. Drawing from a long, deep, and strong tradition, Sellner's work will appeal to all who feel the monastic impulse in our own time and place but must find that inner cloister of the heart amidst the frustrations and fascination of ordinary 'worldly' life."
Michael Downey, author of Trappist: Living in the Land of Desire

Finding the Monk Within… is a treasure for all interested in the enduring value of monasticism. Sellner shows how monasticism distills values fundamental to the lives of all Christians, such as faith, friendship, humility, mentoring, stability, action and contemplation, and above all, love of God and neighbor. With solid scholarship and felicitous style, Sellner brings new light to the past and encourages the cultivation of the "inner monastic" in contemporary readers.
Bernard McGinn, Naomi Shenstone Donnelley Professor Emeritus
Divinity School, University of Chicago

Sellner's text is an invaluable "must read" for anyone interested in understanding and incorporating those perspectives and values of monastic theology and practices which are still relevant today."
Rosemary Rader, OSB