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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ambassador Books Inc (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587680483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587680489
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #548,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, Trappist: Living in the Land of Desire
<br /><br /> Finding the Monk Within: Great Monastic Values for Today 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
<br /><br /> 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

About the Author

Edward C. Sellner, who holds a PhD from the University of Notre Dame, is professor of pastoral theology and spirituality at the College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN, where he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses for the past twenty-six years. He is the author of numerous articles and books.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Dahlburg on December 12, 2010
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Ed Sellner is a popular writer on Celtic Christianity and spirituality. His many books are thoroughly researched, a joy to read, and wonderfully presented. "Finding the Monk Within", was published in 2008, and like Mr. Sellner's other books, it does not disappoint. "Finding the Monk Within" demonstrates the enduring value of monasticism and how the monastic model can bring needed life and deep change to the Christian community. The book examines how "monastic values" have helped shape many of the great church leaders, movements in the history of the church, and can shape the reader as well.

Sellner argues that we live in a culture which works against silence, relfection, and inner wisdom. The endless cultural stress on shopping and consumerism, mask a deep loneliness and emptiness. Monasticism, and specifically, many monastic practices, can help one to develop a rich spiritual inner life. However, one does not have to join a monastery to learn these principles. Instead, all we have to do is look to the past where certain monastic figures had a different approach to life, a different perspective, and a different set of values from mainstream culture. In this way, the saints of old can be important role models for us today.

Sellner offers an impressive lineup of personalities who can teach us great monastic values. Athanasius teaches the values of sharing stories, and that one does not have to be a monk to live a significant life. Antony of Egypt emphasises the value of silence and solitude, and how these can foster discernment. Hilary of Portiers and Martin of Tours remind us of the value of faith, and its communal dimension. Augustine and Monica teach us of the importance of friendship, and that God can reveal Himself in our passions.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Celeste Hinlicky on July 1, 2008
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This book is absolutely wonderful. The title caught my attention, and I hoped that the book would answer some of my questions about living a more contemplative life. A mixture of textbook and spiritual guide, this is a must read for ministers of any kind, and for those wishing to balance life in today's culture with a very prayerful interior life. I find that I am carrying the book around with me even though I've finished reading it, and have begun reading it again after only about a week. Very simply, I highly recommend this book!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pam MacArthur on June 24, 2008
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FINDING THE MONK WITHIN - is an excellent read. For anyone wishing to get a good understanding of the history of monasticism, this book is for you. It is an interesting and easy read. I loved every minute of this book. Pam Nashville, TN
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Catholic priest on June 29, 2008
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An entertaining and well researched history of Western Monasticism traced though the spiritualities and personalities of its leading figures. On a minor discordant note: Be prepared for some preachy interludes about empowering the laity, including (and ordaining?) women in church leadership and a puzzling if only passsing reference to the Islamic world's justified suspicions of Christianity due to Bernard of Clairvaux's preaching the Second Crusade.
The book does not describe modified monastic practices for the modern person living outside a monastery, but rather a spirituality for engaging the world.
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An excellent resource for those who want to consider how monastic leaders speak to us today ... to our hearts
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