Reviews of Catholic and Benedictine books
"Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the
Future". By Margaret J. Wheatley; Berrett-Koehler Pub. Inc.,
In the opening sentence to this book the author
states, “I believe we can change the world if we start listening to one
another again.” Written in short segments of quotations, stories and
personal experiences it is an easy book to read in snatches, to read in
those in between or waiting moments. It is a book that encourages the
reader to stop reading, to reflect, and to take action.
-Review by Belinda Hill
"St. Benedict’s Toolbox: The Nuts and Bolts of
Everyday Benedictine Living". By Jane Tomaine; Morehouse Pub.,
The author states in the welcome page,
“St. Benedict’s Toolbox: The Nuts and Bolts of
Everyday Benedictine Living" is designed to teach about the Rule of
Benedict and to help you, the reader, (and me, the writer!) bring what
we learn about this sixth-century monastic Rule into everyday
twenty-first century life. As you read, you’ll discover just how much of
his Rule can increase the quality of our lives by giving us 'tools' that
we can use to, in Benedict’s words, 'open our eves to the light that
comes from God.'” (pp. xiii-xiv).
Specifically, the book reflects on the Benedictine
values of community, reflection, listening, stability, hospitality, openness and
transformation, stewardship, work, service, and prayer.
Each chapter pertains to one or more of the values (aspects) of the
Rule, the application to everyday life, some specific activities related
to the particular value, and how the Rule can be useful to all
-Review by Joyce Westgard
"The Wisdom of the Benedictine Elders".
By Mark McGinnis, with a foreword by Joan Chittister; Bluebridge, 2005.
"The Wisdom of the Benedictine Elders" by Mark
W. McGinnis compiles interviews with 30 Benedictine monks and nuns
born between 1901 and 1925, including our own Fr. Clement Pangratz from
Saint Martin's Abbey. These first-person accounts are frank, lucid, and
inspirational in their stories about life before the monastery, reasons
they became Benedictines, current monastic traditions, and hopes for the
future. An important book for anyone interested in the wisdom that comes
from those who have lived their lives by the Rule of Saint Benedict.
-Review by Olivia Archibald