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Cave Refectory Road [Kindle Edition]

Ian Adams
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One way in which Fresh Expressions of church are springing into life is through 'new monastic' or 'intentional' communities, groups of individuals and families living in the same geographic area or connected virtually who share a simple rule of life. Cave ~ Refectory ~ Road explores how traditional monastic life is helping to shape a new flowering of Christian community today. It traces the roots of 'new monasticism' and draws on the classic elements of monastic life to suggest how this ancient wisdom, learning and spiritual practice might be reinterpreted for new settings. A handbook for all who are exploring 'intentional living', its rich and inspiring teaching is clustered around these themes: The cave: the place of stillness, prayer and withdrawal that can inspire a new engagement with the mystery of God,the refectory: how monastic practices of hospitality can create communities that make a difference in the world and the road: how the example of the friars can lead to creative and loving engagement with public life.This year, a new TV series based on The Monastery will be broadcast - just one sign of the surge in popularity of monastic spirituality

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'This is a very gentle, ruminative approach to the subject - not so much a guide book or rule book, but a poetry book.' (2011-02-00)

'Ian Adams' excellent book takes three elements of the historic monastic tradition and recasts them for the benefit both of individuals seeking a deeper walk with God and for the many emerging new monastic communities in the UK and beyond ... This is an easy book to read, and at 99 pages not a long one ... Read chapter by chapter it would provide excellent material for a series of Third Order small group meetings.' (David Walker, Bishop of Dudley 2012-01-00)

About the Author

IAN ADAMS is an Anglican priest, an Associate Minister with Fresh Expressions, a missioner with the Church Mission Society and founder of mayBe, a new monastic community in Oxford. A popular Greenbelt speaker, he is the creator of Morning Bell, a daily call to prayer sent by e-mail, text and twitter. He lives in South Devon.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 354 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Canterbury Press; 1 edition (18 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HVU99Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deep and Subtle Wisdom 5 Nov. 2010
It is rare that I know for certain that I will re-read a book. But I will most definitely return to "Cave, Refectory, Road" at some point.

The book does not explore new territory. There have been numerous attempts to apply the riches of the Christian monastic tradition to everyday life in the modern world. But it carries a quiet, unassuming power that, for me at least, allowed its message to penetrate deeply, without my being quite aware this was happening. Realisation dawned as I found myself revisiting certain chapters that would not leave my mind.

Perhaps this is because the book is not an abstract study. It is the fruit of Ian Adams' long-term commitment to finding ways to live out monastic ideals in the world, in the light of a deeply committed prayer life. Indeed, it is the passages describing the good and bad times in his experience of prayer that moved me most.

The unusual title neatly summarises the model of life that the book offers for exploration. It describes the basic rhythm that encapsulates the wisdom of the monastic tradition- a movement between the solitude of personal prayer (with all its challenges); living out the experience of prayer in spiritual community; and going out into an unpredictable world to meet God. Within this context, the author then goes on to explore how practices such as simplicity, devotion, humility and rootedness may be lived out in twenty-first century western society.

Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cave, Refectory, Road 1 Oct. 2010
This is a lovely book by a dedicated follower of early (and simple) monastic (and mystical) Christian traditions. Abbot Ian of the MayBe Community gently and effectively weaves together centuries of contemplative thinking, sacred texts and original poetry into a tapestry of both practical and fanciful expressions of faith and devotion. Designed to help both confirmed believers and "seekers" alike shed the distractions of modern "busyness" in favor of a simpler way, the author leads his readers on a delightful journey from the "cave" (a place of personal reflection), to the "refectory" (a place of nurture and community) to the "road" (a place of sharing and witness). It is a must read for anyone who wishes to explore an often misunderstood and under appreciated aspect of the Christian faith; and an essential primer for those seeking to apply the basic principles of monasticism to their own busy lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whispers to the soul 13 Nov. 2011
This book is a gift (it actually was a gift, free with a subscription to Third Way magazine). It is only a slim volume but has taken me several weeks to read - not because it's a struggle, but because with almost every turn of the page there is so much to ponder and reflect on.

I have often, over the past few weeks, been caused to lay aside the book and respond to God in silent longing, as the Ian Adams takes the essence of common monastic disciplines and breathes fresh life into them, offering a way of being that is accessible and attractive to those of us outside of religious orders.

Adams writes with what I can only describe as words from God. There's a gentle poetic rhythm to his prose that whispers to the soul, inviting engagement with the divine. And while there's a simplicity and economy of language, his choice of words so often speaks of mystery and otherness.

I have given this book 5 stars. Not because it's perfect, but because a book that enables encounter with God to such a degree deserves nothing less. Inspired.

Thank you for this is hidden treasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cave Refectory Road 2 May 2012
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This is a great book which had been recommended to me to read. In the midst of a busy life, it is good to just stand back for a while each day and absorb these writings. When I have finished reading the book I will, I am sure, have a much clearer idea how to live my life putting these Monastic rhythms into practice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiration! 17 April 2011
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Exploring the notions of monasticism relating to 'Cave', 'Refectory' and 'Road' this slim book also offers ideas on applying practice to the theory. Inspiring and challenging it invites the reader to go deeper in their relationship with God, recognising that monastic principles are difficult to apply to busy lives and showing ways in which they can be adapted for the ordinary Christian. Highly recommended and easy to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An opportunity to change. 28 Jun. 2013
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Second time I've read this book but this time I used it for a basis for retreat. The chapters are short so give opportunity to read, reflect and write before moving on. Anyone feeling there is more to life than rushing between tasks, should read the book and take in many of the possible changes to life style illustrated here. It's poetic yet practical and there is a beauty in its simplicity and practicality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A helpful way in 28 Aug. 2013
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This book is an excellent starting point for anyone who is seeking a way in to a more balanced, reflective life. Except where the author speaks of his own experience, the territory it covers is not new, but it is written in a very accessible style. I have passed it on to someone whom I am accompanying.
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