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Whether you are a pro at lectio divina or are still struggling to understand the practice, this book will inspire you.
Cistercian Studies Quarterly


Abide is an inspiring and imaginative collection of meditations, questions, and reflections on the Word of God. Our quest for the Holy One is a daily one which is played out in our ordinary lives and not in some magnificent cathedral. . . . Wiederkehr opens fresh ways of perceiving tradition: for example, each time we prayerfully walk through a Scriptural passage, we are on our own private pilgrimage. Each time we sit down at ‘the altar of our own lives to evaluate our growth in Christ,’ we are on a pilgrimage.
Spirituality & Practice


This rich trove of reflections on the Scriptures is the fruit of Macrina Wiederkehr’s many years of faithful attentiveness to the Word. In Abide, readers are invited to allow themselves to be formed by the Word through the practice of lectio divina, using five steps: wait, read, listen obediently, pray, and abide. Wiederkehr’s insights into the biblical text and well-formed questions aid readers to deepen in their ability to be led by the Spirit into abiding presence with the Word of God, encountered both in the Scriptures, and in every person.
Barbara E. Reid, O.P., Ph.D., Author of Abiding Word: Sunday Reflections for Year B and Choosing the Better Part? Women in the Gospel of Luke


It doesn’t take long to recognize that this is a book in which every page has been born of prayer. Page by page, word by word, Macrina Wiederkehr fashions a guesthouse for the reader fortunate enough to cross the threshold. Here is a place of hospitality where she invites us in and keeps vigil with us, inspiring us in turn to become, in our own lives, a place of welcome for the Word. With her rich imagery, poetic sensibility, reverence for language, and practical wisdom, Macrina reawakens us to the lively power of the scriptures, and reminds us of their purpose: to be a place of meeting where we encounter the living God.
Jan Richardson, author of In the Sanctuary of Women: A Companion for Reflection & Prayer


Sister Macrina invites us to enter into the biblical Word of God as if coming into the warm shadows of a sanctuary to spend time with God “in the silent cathedral of our beings.” She makes us conscious of a living presence as she opens selected passages with beautifully written meditations, sharing her own daily journey of faith. With her help we learn to slow down and listen, waiting patiently and confidently for the Lord to speak to our hearts.
Abbot Jerome Kodell, OSB


Our reading and study of the Bible must move into personal reflection and contemplative prayer if we desire Scripture to do its transforming work within us. Macrina Wiederkehr shows us how to let God's Word make its home in our hearts and become an instrument of our healing, encouragement, and hope. This inspiring work offers us the fruit of her lifelong romance with the Word of God so that the Word may also become our heart's greatest desire.
Stephen J. Binz, biblical scholar, author, and speaker


John Michael Talbot is not only a troubadour of God, but over 25 years ago founded a modern community of men and women. In this book he returns to the roots of Christian monasticism and, based on his own lived experience, comments on the Rule of Benedict, to make its spiritual riches fruitful for us contemporary men and women. He reads the Rule with a modern eye and opens it up as much for people who live in a community as those living in the world of everyday work. For this reason, these meditations are also suitable for Benedictine secular oblates. A life based on the principles of the Rule of Benedict makes the world a more Christian and more human place. And with this, Benedict himself becomes a blessing for our times.
Notker Wolf, OSB, Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Order


This handy introduction to the Rule of Benedict would be an ideal gift for someone seeking an overview of St. Benedict’s teaching. The brief chapter by chapter commentaries take the mystery out of unfamiliar terms and usages from the sixth century. The book explains the original application of the monastic norms and shows how they may be adapted in our time for use in communities and families.
Abbot Jerome Kodell, OSB, New Subiaco Abbey

About the Author

Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB, author of the popular A Tree Full of Angels (HarperCollins) and Seven Sacred Pauses (Ave Maria), is well known for her creative spiritual writings and retreat ministry. She is also a regular columnist for Stepping Stones, the Little Rock Scripture Study newsletter. She has lived monastic life for fifty years and makes her home with the Sisters of St. Scholastica, a Benedictine monastery in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Writing and retreat ministry have become a part of her evolving call. Visit her personal blog at http://macrina-underthesycamoretree.blogspot.com/.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814633838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814633830
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I highly recommend this book by a talented poet and strongly spiritual Christian author and retreat leader.
The short readings (daily?) are focused on Scripture using a unique yet historical process for devotional readings.
The author wisely has you start the process with silence before multiple reflective readings using the Lectio Divina (Sacred Reading) method "before" you read the author's reflections on the same Scripture.
In this four step sacred reading process focused on a Bible passage, you slowly read the passage, contemplate (discursive meditation), pray/respond as you are led, and then rest in God's peace.

I have found this book's unique process highly effective for devotional reading, almost like having a conversation to compare insights at the end.
The readings are arranged topically into chapters with over-arching themes.
At the end of each chapter there is also a poetic reflection to integrate the shorter readings.

Strongly recommended!

Claudia Duffee
Student in Masters in Christian Spirituality Program
Bellarmine University & Louisville Seminary
Contemplative Poet
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I think I have purchased at least 6 copies of this book, and I have shared it with a group of friends in my prayer circle. Everyone gives this book rave reviews. I have never recommended a book that was so universally enjoyed by so many different people. Find out for yourself.
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We are using ABIDE for a small faith-sharing group. We like Macrina's stories and thoughts, the questions and ending prayer. We are able to complete one section at each meeting with plenty of time for discussion and prayer. It could be enjoyed if read by an individual, but the group can really add depth. I would recommend this book as a tool to seek more from Scripture.
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As soon as I opened this book to a random page I knew I loved it. The author inspires me to deepen my own efforts at lectio; as I read her sharings I'm reminded to slow down on my scriptural reading and not rush for meaning. It takes time to enter the scriptural passage and spend time there -- to live it as the apostles lived it. All of the passages so far have led me deeper into biblical meaning. Macrina reaches out and touches us in our heart. She has led me to further contemplate what I am called to offer of myself to the world. I plan to share this with my interfaith bible group and suggest we use it in the future. Macrina's writings connect with everyone. I have also ordered two more of her works, so now I own four.
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I find the author to be a kindred spirit. Surprised me. I don't always see things in the same light, but her thought provoking comments challenge me to look more deeply at Scripture. How can that be anything but good?!
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This book & my Bible have been my morning companion for the past 6 months & I'm only about 1/2 way through. Macrina's thoughts and suggestions are rich in imagery & prayer. I've given one to all of my women friends & they feel the same way.
I think this is a great second half of life book as it calls forth all the possibility of our true selves.
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I love this book! Macrina shares her "gift" of a gentle and loving appreciation for all that God offers us. You are drawn into contemplation with her beautiful words of encouragement to see God in everything that surrounds you. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a peaceful, reflective, meditative approach in their spirituality. :-)
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If you have not read any of Macrina's books, I would highly recommend them. If you are searching for that light, longing, or want to be closer to God, her books are for you. She is Awesome!!! This book will enlighten your journey with God
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