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*the* how to be a Christian book of the past two millennia,
This review is from: Rule of St. Benedict in English (RB1980) (Paperback)
You can only give this book 5 stars because, if the proof of the Christian pudding is indeed in its eating, then a rule followed successfully by millions, from simple laymen to popes, for the past one and a half millennia cannot be wrong. This rule has become for me, a charismatic evangelical protestant, the mainstay of my guide to being a Christian. In this I join with people from every denomination and walk of life, from Cape Town north to Stockholm, from Tokyo west to Los Angeles.
The translation is clear and pure. You might need, if you wish, a slightly deeper guide to the underlying Latin of the text, but you cannot fail to understand the English!
There are parts of the rule that are obscure and difficult to apply, but Benedict knew this would be so, so he allows us to bend the rule to fit our lifestyles. But without compromising the underlying message and required lifestyle. How utterly brilliant; no wonder so many have and still follow it.
For the serious reader, every verse can be found in several places in scripture. And scripture abounds in the rule. This is a rule to being a Christian, following The LORD Jesus Christ, in a blblical manner, in a real life personal walk with Him every day, in community. If you find, as many of us do, this hard to put into practice, then read this short, simple rule and see how it works in practice.
As a taster, think on the opening word, 'Listen ...'