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  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814634192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814634196
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pick up this book and you'll find yourself immediately engaged in a conversation, at times inspired or nodding in wholehearted agreement, at other times vehemently disagreeing, and at other times laughing or smiling at its humor. As such, it is a great conversation starter for monastic communities, oblates, and faith sharing groups.
Colleen Maura McGrane, OSB, Vocation Director, Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Clyde, MO


This well-considered series of essays, bringing Saint Benedict's Rule into dialogue with contemporary attitudes and issues, is both instructive and entertaining. Each essay is thought-provoking, honest, and challenging. They are also powerful and contemporary expositions of basic monastic values.
Michael Casey, OCSO, Author of The Road to Eternal Life: Reflections on the Prologue of Saint Benedict’s Rule


Perfect conversation partners—St. Benedict and his self-styled curmudgeon disciple, Terence Kardong! Readers seeking wisdom will find themselves drawn into exchanges on both contemporary and perennial issues facing monastics and others committed to living well in community. Who can escape concerns about mutual presence and mutual assistance, the value of silence, power dynamics, the good uses of electronic stuff, and what not to wear, as well as the dozen other practical topics in this essay collection? The author’s opinions will evoke yours.
Mary Collins, OSB, Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, KS

About the Author

Terrence G. Kardong, OSB, is a monk of Assumption Abbey in Richardton, North Dakota. Editor of American Benedictine Review, he also wrote Benedict's Rule published by the Liturgical Press.

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This is simply one of the best books I've ever read about St. Benedict.
Joel Holtz
I recommend this book to anyone wanting a deeper appreciation of Saint Benedict's Rule and its ability to aid us, even in this very busy modern world of ours.
Vince Murphy
Practical and humorous, Kardong has done a superlative job of applying the Rule of Benedict to contemporary life - in and outside the monastic community.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joel Holtz VINE VOICE on May 31, 2012
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This is simply one of the best books I've ever read about St. Benedict. Kardong has done a masterful job of blending contemporary issues with the Rule of Benedict.

He tackles current issues like work, economics, cell phones, competition, and even "channel surfing," and then compares those with the Rule of Benedict. He's not shy about being critical of both contemporary issues and the Rule itself. Put simply, there are problems with both modern and monastic culture.

Chapter 5, THE IDOLATRY OF SECURITY, is one of the best in the book. Chapter 14, THE PRIOR OF THE MONASTERY, is brilliant.

From the reading of books during meals, to hierarchy, to monastic garb.. this is an enjoyable read for the lay person as well as anyone in religious community.

One of the best yet from Liturgical Press.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By North Dakota Reader on March 3, 2013
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I ordered this book a year ago knowing that I wouldn't be able to read it for a while, but also knowing that I have liked everything I've read by Terrence Kardong, monk of Assumption Abbey. And that's saying a lot both in quantity and range. His heavy duty scholarly works are first rate (Benedict's Rule: A Translation and Commentary is just one of many). His collection of wry and loving accounts of everyday life at his abbey (Monkhouse: The Chronicle of Assumption Abbey 1977-1995) is an unacknowledged classic of unflinchingly honest observation. You begin to realize, after reading a lot of Kardong's work, that he is both one smart guy and also somebody who might irritate you from time to time. Fortunately, this is exactly the kind of person I like to be around. And if you have a liking for this sort of thing, Conversations with Saint Benedict is exactly what you want to read. If you're a little more sewed-up and stodgy in your tastes, you should read it anyway -- you could use the loosening up and Kardong, however he rubs you, means only to stir up some conversation.

So the book is more than the title says -- conversations with the good saint, sure, but also conversations with the reader and in the most lovely of conversational styles. Nothing stodgy here, yet an awful lot that reveals a life of deep reading and thinking about Benedict and his rule and the Benedictine life -- even better, how that life might have something to say for all of us outside the monastery who nevertheless live in community, make our own varieties of vows for stability and humility -- and who might like to argue with a monk who can sound an awful lot like the guy at the coffee shop who reads the paper every morning and has something to say about what's in it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vince Murphy on March 3, 2014
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Brother Kardong makes the "conversation" approach work very well. His ability to coax dialog from Saint Benedict's rule, without, in effect, putting words into the saint's mouth, makes for enjoyable and very illuminating reading. I recommend this book to anyone wanting a deeper appreciation of Saint Benedict's Rule and its ability to aid us, even in this very busy modern world of ours.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 14, 2012
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Practical and humorous, Kardong has done a superlative job of applying the Rule of Benedict to contemporary life - in and outside the monastic community. He truly deals with the nitty gritty - from cell phones, to current economics, to channel surfing.
Worth reading by those who live in a monsatic community, those who are oblates to a monastery and those simply desiring a realistically balanced life.
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By Donna Schroeder on September 14, 2014
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It is good for provoking thought and for recognition of common problems in monasteries.
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