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Casey is a monk of Tarrawarra Abbey in Australia. He is well-known as a retreat master and lecturer on monastic spirituality and holds a doctorate from Melbourne College of Divinity in the area of the life and writings of St. Bernard of Clairvaux.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Liguori; Rev ed. edition (March 13, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764807390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764807398
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #577,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In recent years a spate of popular books about monasticism has appeared, some tending to trivialize this relatively rare vocation, others subtly romanticizing it. In contrast, A Guide to Living in the Truth is one of the more realistic books in the genre.
Monk and scholar Michael Casey focuses on the foundational virtue of humility, the subject of the seventh chapter of St. Benedict's Rule. After briefly considering what humility is not (passivity, self-hatred, or mere resignation), Casey provides a meditative, line-by-line commentary, drawing from sources as diverse as St. Bernard of Clairvaux and Albert Camus to clarify the sixth-century text.
The reader may feel some resistance to the message of this book. St. Benedict's view of human nature is unflinching, and his emphasis on the effort required to purge our selfishness is not for the faint-hearted. But Casey does an admirable job of framing Benedictine spirituality in the contexts of common sense, psychological insight, and the mercy of God.
Rather humbly, Casey largely leaves the reader to apply this ancient wisdom to less cloistered lifestyles. But be advised. You may find that this thoughtful introduction to the heart of the Church's original twelve-step program changes your spiritual life more than you expected.
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By irwincrj on September 15, 2008
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This book was very convicting right from the get go. It helped me to see how prideful I really was and then proceeded to help me to see how I can move toward greater humility and, consequently, closer to Christ. Reading this book produced much fruit in my spiritual life. While the book is written from the perspective of a monk for people living in monastic communities, it really can apply to anyone who reads it and looks at what it says in the context of everyday life. I highly recommend this book.
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WOW. Talk about hitting the nail on the head. Casey has an uncanny knack for getting to the point with laser like precision. You want to know what true humility is ? Read this book. To say it has had a profound positive affect on my life is a vast understatement. I simply could not put it down and have continued to refer to it over and over again. Casey talks my language and speaks to the contemporary looking for quidance and direction. Simply a great book.
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I'm glad a friend recommended this book. Note the first two words of the title: "A Guide..." Many books that claim to be "a guide" to whatever are often not. In this case, Michael Casey, OCSO has written not only a guide, but he allows St. Benedict himself to be THE guide. Bro. Michael contemporizes the ancient language of Benedict and shows us how to apply (or,in my case, rather at least to try to apply!)the Saint's teachings on humility to our daily lives. Challenging. Recommend.
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I first heard of this book in the endnotes for another book, I think it was Liturgical Theology: The Church as Worshiping Community. Being one who is quite burnt out on the "cult of leadership" in the church over the last 30 or so years, it appealed to me by its title. I was not disappointed.

As a practicing monk, the author explains and expands on St. Benedict's teaching on humility in ways that are practical for all believers. I found myself taking notes and underling quite a bit. Once I finished it, it went back on my "to read" shelf immediately. I might break it out during Lent to re-read. Maybe annually. It's that good.

In an age of marketing and self-promotion, this is a scriptural counter-point. Well written.
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Filled with excellent insights into humility and the joy and peace of being a humble creation of God. I've only read and re-read the first 1/4, but what impressed me so far is the recognition that humility never begins with nor ends with humiliation. When my budget allows, I plan to buy more copies for gifts.
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