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As with other volumes in this series (edited by Philip Sheldrake) on great Christian spiritual traditions this one provides a worthy introduction. It balances sound scholarship with an accessible style. It covers St. Benedict himself and the Benedictine Rule. Stewart has an eye for being true to the Benedictine tradition yet a sense of the contemporary challenges of our culture. This book is worth reading.
Sep 29, 2012 Patti Clement rated it 5 of 5 stars
This was one of the texts used in my Historical Foundations of Spirituality course and at first I thought it would be very intellectual. However, I was quite surprised with how engaging the author was and how the book is one that I refer to often about what I consider one of the richest traditions of our faith, the Benedictine Tradition.