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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Liturgical Pr; 2nd ed. edition (March 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814613888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814613887
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.1 x 18.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
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"Esther de Waal was one of the pioneers in applying Benedictine spirituality to life outside of monasteries..."

"The book has no equal as a challenging and practical guide for monastic and non-monastic alike..."

The author's limpid prose is a joy to read. She draws out of the Rule each of the crucial elements in Benedict's teaching: the use of Scripture in the practice of the lectio divina is set out in its four stages and the three vows are also elucidated and their implications outlined.Stephen Platten, Norwich Cathedral, England

Esther de Waal was one of the pioneers in applying Benedictine spirituality to life outside of monasteries. Since she wrote "Seeking God" there has been a deluge of popular interpretations of Benedictine life, prompted in large part by her work. Though the pool of resources has grown mightily in the last twenty years, I still regard "Seeking God" as one of the very best introductions for those seeking, as she does, to bring Benedict's wisdom into the concrete experiences of daily life."Fr. Columba Stewart, O.S.B., Professor of Theology, Curator of Research Collections, St. John's Abbey and University, Collegeville, Minnesota

As for the Rule itself, while it had attracted me from the beginning, I needed considerable help in interpreting it. I found that Esther de Waal's "Seeking God" was especially useful as it opened the way for me to see the Benedictine spirituality as accessible to lay people as well as monastics. The book helped me to decide to become an oblate."Kathleen Norris, "American Benedictine Review"

This present edition of Esther de Waal's informative and insightful book, already acclaimed as a best-selling spiritual classic since its first publication in 1984, will continue to engage readers in ways of appropriating for their own lives the inestimable spiritual values of Benedict's sixth-century Rule. The book is enhanced by the addition of a supportive foreword by Kathleen Norris, and the author's evocative preface and updated, expanded annotated list of readings. The book has no equal as a challenging and practical guide for monastic and non-monastic alike who are searching for ways of incorporating the basic Christian Gospel values into their daily lived-out experiences.Rosemary Rader, O.S.B., Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor, Carleton College

About the Author

Kathleen Norris is the author of two books of poetry, Falling Off (1971) and The Middle of the World (1981) and has received awards from the Guggenheim and Bush foundations. She lives in Lemmon, South Dakota, with her husband.

Kathleen Norris is the author of two books of poetry, Falling Off (1971) and The Middle of the World (1981) and has received awards from the Guggenheim and Bush foundations. She lives in Lemmon, South Dakota, with her husband.

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“Seeking God” is author Esther de Wall’s reflections on the Rule of St. Benedict and its application to the lives of lay people often comparing and contrasting with that of monks. Its 10 chapters focus on the life of St. Benedict, the invitation to make God the center of our lives, the value of listening, stability, the role of change in our lives, the maintenance of balance, the place of material things, our interaction with other people, submission to authority and prayer. Each chapter concludes with related thoughts and prayers.

This book is neither dense nor superficial. It draws the reader in to examine his own life, attitudes and practices. Its persistent theme is to make God the center and motivation of everything we do. It opened the idea of stability as not just adherence to a place, but to a code of values and Person. I was impressed with the argument that our spiritual and worldly senses should be woven into each other, not isolated into separate phases of our lives. I was surprised to find the Benedictine theme of finding God in all things and situations, an outlook I had associated with Ignatian spirituality.

I found this book to help direct my thoughts on my daily relationship with God. I anticipate that it will deepen my next reading of the Rule. I recommend as a valuable aid it for all God Seekers.
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The author was recommended to me both by my spiritual director and by a monastic. I see why. It is written simply and directly. It does not drip religiousity nor is it so esoteric that one becomes stalled in frustration. Instead, de Waal relates the Rule of St. Benedict to life in the world today. She does not compromise the Rule nor interpose her own "doctrine"- she draws from a great knowledge of writers of the Benedictine tradition from the past to the present, couples that with her experience as a wife and mother, presenting a straight forward discussion of the Rule, how it is of help to the Christian of today, and how it may be applied in the life of the individual who is seeking a rule for his or her own life. Her tradition is Anglican but one does not sense an intrusiveness- rather a calm, rational, feet on the floor contemplative guide which opens the door to further spiritual growth.
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Seeking God is an elegant, insightful, and extremely valuable treatment of the spirituality inherent in St. Benedict's Rule. The further into the book I read, the better I realized it was. Again and again I was impressed with the wisdom and psychological astuteness of the Rule as deWaal explained it. Benedict's way of moderation, humility, and balance, as interpreted by deWaal, seems one of the wisest and healthiest examples of Christian thinking that I have encountered. It is an excellent antidote to the regrettable tendency of some to want to separate body from soul and the material world from the spiritual world; Benedictine spirituality instead balances and integrates them!
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Esther de Waal has written a beautiful little book about finding God in the commonplace. My copy is highlighted with notes in the margins like "wow" and "so true". Busy, hectic lives seem to keep us away from God, but de Waal shows us that it is precisely within the rush and madness of our daily lives that God finds us and calls us by name. A book to be read and read again.
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"Seeking God" helped bring "The Rule of St. Benedict" into focus for me, enabling me to see clearly the wisdom of Benedict's vision for our day. For two other books that explore Benedictine wisdom for parents, look for "The Family Cloister: Benedictine Wisdom for the Home" and "The Christian Family Toolbox: 52 Benedictine Activities for the Home", both by David Robinson (New York: Crossroad,2000 and 2001). Benedict still speaks relevantly and prophetically in our day!
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