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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814632386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814632383
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,350,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kodell’s text supplies an easy-to-read set of reflections on key topics like hospitality, lectio divina, prayerful work, and silence as well as some rumination on common misconceptions surrounding monastic life. Overall this little anthology would be an asset to any collection of contemporary light spiritual reading.
Catholic Studies


[Abbot Jerome’s] writing is primarily for the laity familiar with the monastic life and therein lies the great worth of this book. Not only is there a great unpacking of Scripture, there is some of the most unaffected articulate expression of our lives as monastics that helps up put words around ourselves.
American Benedictine Review


Abbot Jerome covers many topics of interest to Benedictine monks, nuns, and oblates, as well as others interested in Benedictine monasticism and its spirituality. . . . This particular volume is highly recommended to those interested in prayer, Benedictine spirituality, and monasticism.
Curled Up With A Good Book
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Each reflection is written with much humility, using personal everyday stories and anecdotes related to Scripture. About one page long, each reflection could easily serve as a daily meditation.
Liguorian


You can trust this Abbot—to deliver a generous helping of wit, wisdom, and common sense, seasoned with a humor that gentles the challenge these essays offer. Be prepared to be amused, touched, startled—and above all, to be forced to think about life in and beyond the monastery a little differently than you did before.
Sister Genevieve Glen, OSB, Abbey of St. Walburga, Virginia Dale, Colorado


Contrary to his title, we can trust Abbot Jerome to write lively, but still profound, essays on spiritual topics. In addition to that, he is a serious Bible scholar who knows how to bring the Good Book to bear on contemporary life issues. An ideal book for daily meditation.
Terrence G. Kardong, OSB, Author of The Life of St. Benedict by Gregory the Great

About the Author

Jerome Kodell, OSB, is abbot of Subiaco Abbey in Arkansas. He has served as editor of The Abbey Message and is also a founding member of the Little Rock Scripture Study Program. He is author of Twelve Keys to Prayerand The Eucharist in the New Testament, both published by Liturgical Press.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rowland Croucher on April 3, 2010
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Don't Trust the Abbott: Musings from the Monastery, Jerome Kodell OSB, Liturgical Press, 2009.

Jerome Kodell is abbott of Subiaco Abbey in Arkansas. These 'musings' are reproduced from some of his newsletters, at the request of his many friends, visitor-retreatants and others... As such this book has a special appeal to those who know Jerome personally, but we in the distant parts of the church/world who've never met him can also benefit from his integrity and wisdom and gentle scholarship.

There are spiritual gems throughout this little 94-page book of about 40 short articles (which are probably best read slowly about one-per-day for a month or so). Like:

* 'Ignorance of the future, one of the saints has said, is the greatest unrecognized blessing of God'

* 'Abraham, our father in faith, was asked to set out on a perilous journey with no clear destination, but with the promise "I am your shield". Saint Gregory of Nyassa's comment: "Abraham left his home without knowing where he was going, a sure sign he was going the right way"'

* 'The Sabbath came out of nowhere... learning to observe the Sabbath is a preparation for eternal life with God

For non-Roman Catholics, some of the material here is 'in-house' (like the discussion of terms like 'priest', 'brother' and 'religious'). But I reckon (as a small-c catholic Baptist) that the little chapter on celibacy is worth the price ($US 11-95) of the whole book. (And note that I'm non-celibate, and actually regard that discipline as dangerous for many people).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Katy Did on August 5, 2009
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I was fortunate to attend a retreat at Subiaco Abbey last fall where Abbot Jerome Kodell was the principal speaker. I gained many new insights from the Abbot and only wished these had been written down in a book. Thus, I was greatly pleased when Musings from the Monastery came out. I have enjoyed reading passages from the book containing many of the insights I gained from the retreat and sharing these "pearls" of wisdom with my spiritual friends. One of the more comforting is a poignant reminder to let go and trust in Jesus, i.e., "We do not need to know where Jesus is going. It is enough that he knows and that he takes us with him."
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By lablover47 on October 14, 2011
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Since I'm a Benedictine oblate, this book naturally appealed to me. I thought, from the title, that it would be filled with funny stories. Instead, I found each short section to be reflective, insightful, and thought-provoking. I intend to purchase another copy eventually to be used in the prayer room at our church for people who are taking personal days of reflection. Each chapter is full of tidbits that can be used examine one's own life. Another book I'll be reading over and over again!
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Milburn on May 18, 2009
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This very short book contains much monastic wisdom for lay people. I would say that Vatican II's call for reform has humanized religious thinking and made life much easier to bear for our monastic brothers and sisters.
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