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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: MOREHOUSE PUBLISHING (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819218561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819218568
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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... be rewarded with a closer relationship with God... [parent] with greater compassion and effectiveness... daily readings that dig deep. -- John Perrodin, as printed in CBA Marketplace, October 2000

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Since the readings are short, it is also easy to catch up to the current day.
Joseph M. Reninger
This commentary gives wonderful insight into how to apply the Rule of St. Benedict to our everyday family lives.
Julia Smead
I highly reccommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning about the contemplative life.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By michael craft on July 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
As any who have read an ancient work in translation will tell you, any commentary that is included can be a blinding distraction, or the most illuminating aspect of the literature. In this case, Longenecker's accompanying prose is surely the latter. Benedict's Rule is related to the work of a father with practiced ease and grace. The work is profoundly instructive.
In fact, my only gripe is with the slightly unwieldy, slightly overlong introduction. Though it should by no means be skipped, I remember feeling a little anxious to get on to St. Benedict. Very high marks though, I thoroughly recommend this book to any father, or mother for that matter.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeremiah II on December 31, 2006
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Don't let the title scare you mothers away. "Listen My Son: St. Benedict for Fathers" brings the reader through the Rule of Saint Benedict, (RSB), by way of a brief daily reading that explains each section as it would be applicable in any parent's life today. The entire RSB is read within one year's time.

It is often said that child birth comes without any instruction manual. "Listen My Son: St. Benedict for Fathers" can be that manual.

This would make an excellent gift for a new parent.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 2002
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As a mother, I was intrigued by the title of this book, and now wish that I had read it long ago, when my children were younger. The advice is age-old and not just for fathers, rather, it is inspiring for all adults, but especially parents trying to keep a family together in these chaotic days.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph M. Reninger on September 1, 2011
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The key insight of this book is that the Rule of St. Benedict, written 1500 years ago for use in keeping a well-ordered monastery, is also applicable to modern day families, especially focusing on the role of the father as head of the family. Various aspects of monastic life are covered by Benedict, including the types of monks, the character of the abbot, the balance of prayer and work (Benedict is famous for the "ora et labora" concept of "prayer and work" being blended together), the importance of obedience and humility (virtues sorely lacking in our day), and many other practical concerns. These writings are skillfully applied to contemporary domestic life by Father Longenecker, a Catholic priest who, as a former Anglican minister, has a family himself. He does not use personal examples but his experience comes through.

The book takes Benedict's Rule and divides it up into daily meditations over four months. Each passage from Benedict is followed by an explanation or application to today's family by the author. Each day's reading is two or three pages, which can easily be read in five or ten minutes. The author even recommends days to start: January 1, May 2, or September 1. Each reading has a calendar day so it is easy to keep track if you fall behind. Since the readings are short, it is also easy to catch up to the current day.
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