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5.0 out of 5 stars Finding Sanctuary: Monastic steps for Everyday Life, 19 Jan 2011
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Well recommended for anyone engaged in spiritual exploration - anyone on the 12-Step Programme will find some interesting parallels and perspectives particularly with Step 11
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5.0 out of 5 stars Building a sacred space, 20 Nov 2010
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E. L. Wisty "World Domination League" (Devon, UK) - See all my reviews
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Abbot Christopher Jamison likens his steps towards sanctuary to a building project unique to each individual, each step building on the foundations previously made. First one must find the door, which is "virtue". Jamison's suggestion is to take a passage from the Rule of Benedict and modify it to apply to oneself: "I do not act in anger or bear a grudge. I rid my heart of all deceit. I never give a hollow greeting of peace, and I never turn away when somebody needs love. I speak the truth with heart and tongue."

Secondly comes the floor, which is "silence", followed by the walls which are "contemplation" - a bit like meditation, but more like prayer in response to hearing the voice of God in the silence or by lectio divina. The roof is "obedience", understood in its original etymological sense as listening to someone else. The windows are "community", protecting from the elements but enabling to see outside.

The furnishings are "spirituality", but understood not in its fuzzy contemporary sense apart from organised religion. The pick-and-mix, shopping for religion approach simply becomes part of the consumerism engulfing us in the first place. "At some point, one has to choose either a whole religion or no religion. Constructing one's own spirituality is a possible outcome [...] but it does not deal with the fundamental challenge of the wayward desires of the heart."

At the end of each chapter there is also a website and a recommended further reading text. A relatively brief book which deserves to be read slowly and repeatedly, and acted upon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finding Sanctuary, 2 Jun 2010
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J. C. Barber (Cambridge UK) - See all my reviews
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Quite extraordinarily uplifting book. Practical; full of common sense; confronts living in the modern world head-on; doesn't aim for the quick fix, but for long-lasting contentment in a busy world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended, 17 Nov 2009
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Mr. John Williamson (London) - See all my reviews
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Super book. Will appeal to many - those with a faith and also those without.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reflection, 19 Aug 2014
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Wise words for reflection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read., 24 April 2007
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Mr. James Charles Walton (Lancaster, England) - See all my reviews
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If there's a book I would like everyone to read, it would be this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 Oct 2014
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Lovely Read.
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