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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Paraclete Press (1 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557254494
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557254498
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 507,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brother Benet Tvedten entered Blue Cloud Abbey in Marvin, South Dakota in 1958. He has been his community's Director of Oblates for nearly thirty years, and held the position of Coordinator of the North American Association of Oblate Directors between 1995 and 1999. He is also the author of A View from a Monastery and How to Be a Monastic and Not Leave Your Day Job.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Glasgow Reader on 14 Sep 2011
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This book is written by a Benedictine monk who has been a Director of Oblates for 30 years. The book - well-written and wryly funny in places - shows how applicable to today's society Benedict's Rule is, and it shows how by becoming Oblates any of us can alter our own lives, and the lives of the various communities we are part of. It shows that the rule is not just for Monks and Nuns, but that it can be modified and adapted to work perfectly well for those of us unable to live the monastic life.I thoroughly enjoyed this book (part of the "Voice from the Monestary" series)and warmly recommend it to anyone interested in monasticism and/or Christian spirituality. It is full of practical suggestions and invaluable insights.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Law on 21 Mar 2009
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The writer gives the insights of a Benedictine monk who observes the oblates from his perspective as an oblate master. Originally the Rule of St Benedict allowed for oblates (young boys) to be offered by their parents to a monastery; today's oblates are adult males and females who are attached to a specific Benedictine house. They share the Benedictine way (prayer, work, conversion of life) outside the monastery walls, and support and are supported by their community. Br Benet's warm account shows how the oblate's life enriches both the oblate and the community, giving practical examples which help us to understand why, in an age when vocations to the enclosed religious life have fallen, the oblate community is growing and thriving. A recommended read for existing oblates, those who are considering the oblate way of life, and anyone who wishes to draw upon the riches of St Benedict's Rule, spirituality and practical wisdom in his or her own life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JofIndia on 10 Dec 2012
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An excellent introduction to someone wanting to know more about what oblates are, and what becoming an oblate might mean.
This is not a "how to do it" book but a gentle exploration aimed at those considering a deeper relationship with a monastic order, whilst still living a full life outside of the monastery.
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