Spirituality: An Art of Living (hardcover with ribbon)

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SPIRITUALITY: AN ART OF LIVING
A Monk's Alphabet of Spiritual Practices


In this book, Benedictine monk, teacher, and scholar Benoît Standaert, OSB seeks to pass on lessons from the monastic tradition to lay people to help them achieve a more ardent and fulfilling spiritual life.

He provides ninety-nine entries covering topics like Abba, Humility, Listening, and Time. The entries are divided into twenty-six chapters according to the letters of the alphabet. A perfect book for all spiritual seekers to sit with and enjoy again and again.

Hardcover with ribbon marker, 428 pages, 6-3/8" x 9-5/16"

Praise for Spirituality: An Art of Living

"Reading Benoît Standaert's new book Spirituality is like having coffee with the prophet Isaiah. This longtime monk's 'alphabet of spiritual practices,' as the subtitle has it, welcomes us to the table with saints, desert fathers, ancient rabbis, Zen masters, and Hindu wise men. I have not been so delighted with a conversation in years, nor learned so much from a single book. Highly recommended."
Paula Huston, author of One Ordinary Sunday: A Meditation on the Mystery of the Mass

"This book is a spiritual gem. Written in the tradition of the Desert Father's transformation into God, Fr. Standaert uses each letter of the alphabet to designate spiritual practices to guide us in the art of living. What is more needed in our society today than such an art? As we make our way through this alphabet from Abba to Zero we find ourselves entering a world created from the wisdom of many ancient and modern traditions. We learn that each letter interacts with the one next to it just as monastics do in community. This type of interaction of word and person is true lectio divina and awakens the heart or core of our being where we find silence as the language of heaven."
Abbot Brendan Freeman, OCSO, author of Come and See: A Guide to Monastic Living

"Like the ancient desert monastics whose wisdom tradition is 'a stream that surrounds him on all sides,' Benoît Standaert is a teacher worthy of the spiritual seeker who asks, 'Give me a word.' Each word in his alphabet connotes a world of meaning. There is rich food for the mind and the soul in these pages."
Rev. Rachel M. Srubas, OblSB, author of City of Prayer: Forty Days with Desert Christians and The Girl Got Up: A Cruciform Memoir

Benoît Standaert is a Benedictine monk of Saint Andrew's Abbey in Bruges, Belgium. He teaches Scripture, spirituality, and interreligious dialogue. After completing a doctorate at the University of Nijmegen on the composition and literary genre of the Gospel of Mark, he published numerous works on Scripture and spirituality in Dutch, several of which have been translated into French, English, and Italian. He is also the author of Sharing Sacred Space: Interreligious Dialogue as Spiritual Encounter.