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Punk Monk: New Monasticism and the Ancient Art of Breathing Paperback – June 5, 2007
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It describes the beginnings of the Reading 24/7 prayer room and then puts it in context to the entire 24/7 prayer movement. The second part of the book describes the 'rules' the 24/7 prayer movement operates on. They take these rules, modified of course, from ancient monastic rules. It's breathtaking the way they've incorporated ancient practices into modern times. The way they explain their 'rules' makes me want to incorporate them into my own life. The monks of old fled to monasteries to avoid compromise and engage with God in a new way; this book encourages you to do the same thing, without leaving your life behind. We cannot engage a culture, and change it, if we isolate ourselves from it.
I would highly recommend this book, even if you currently have never heard of the 24/7 prayer movement.
In this book, British authors Andy Freeman and Pete Greig describe how God led them to establish a Christian community based on regular prayer. (That's the "breathing" part.) This group has grown to a worldwide network of "boiler rooms." (Visit [...] for a list of these communities.)
This book is a must-read for everyone who believes (along with John Wesley) that "God does nothing except in answer to prayer". If you want to see God change your church, and your world, read Punk Monk!
Yours aye in Christ,
Michael Morgan, Ph.D.
The Gathering Place