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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

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John Michael Talbot was born in Oklahoma City in 1954 and grew up in Indianapolis. He moved to Arkansas and founded the Brothers and Sisters of Charity at Little Portion Hermitage in 1982, an integrated monastic community of celibates, singles who can marry, families, and domestics who live in their own homes. He still serves as minister general. He was a founding artist of Sparrow Records in 1976. After a successful career with Sparrow, in 1992 John Michael founded his own record label, Troubadour for the Lord, and is now recognized as one of Catholic music's most popular artists. Talbot is author of Reflections on St. Francis (Liturgical Press, 2009) and The Universal Monk (Liturgical Press, 2011). He has been married to Viola Talbot since 1989 and leads an active concert and teaching ministry from his home at Little Portion Hermitage Monastery.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814633854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814633854
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,132,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lisa A. Marzonie on August 27, 2014
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This is a nice "quick read" for a somewhat global understanding of the Rule of St. Benedict. There are some good examples of contemporary applications, which I found helpful since we do not live in an identical monastic setting. Overall, I would recommend this book as a helpful introduction or meditation aid which can easily be done in "small chunks," as the chapters are not long.
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I downloaded the Kindle free sample of this book into my Android. I was gifted with the first 21 pages of this book, which are largely title pages, Library of Congress info and the Table of Contents. After working my way through the Introduction, I landed on an except from the First Prologue of The Rule of St.Benedict followed by the author's understanding and application of the text.
After the heady Intro and cascade of chapters in the toc, it appears that the reader would be treated to a generous and very human offering of reflection on each of the main aspects of The Rule.
I suspect that those who are familiar with John Michael Talbot's music will read here the source of inspiration for his staggeringly profound and intimate lyrics.
Once again, although I was only able to read a very small portion of the work, I can see how this book can be used as a reference for The Rule as well as an invitation to contemplate and meditate at your own pace with a living spiritual master who is delightfully, extraordinarily human.
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A real blessing
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