Finding Sanctuary: Monastic steps for Everyday Life Hardcover – 27 Apr 2006
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¿Abbot Christopher Jamison, who became known to viewers when his Benedictine order featured in the BBC TV series The Monastery, has written a guide to finding sanctuary. I will certainly read it because he's fascinating with seeking peace and spirituality in everyday life... very charismatic¿ generous with his insights, but never self-righteous, smug or preachy... his guidance is spot on. Heaven knows, most of us need all the peace we can get. (RICHARD & JUDY DAILY EXPRESS)
¿Anyone who enjoyed the surprise hit television series The Monastery should be delighted with Christopher Jamison¿s book¿. by the end I was left with the definite impression that the author himself is a sincere and honorable man who sees, in the best aspects of the Rule of Benedict, a genuine solution to the abominable problems of modern living.¿ (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)
lucid and insightful book... Its gentle, understanding but uncompromising stance should encourage many to revise their estimate of the need for what is her termed "classic religion" and, ultimately, for God. (THE TABLET)
A thoughtful, comforting and eminently practical book. (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)
In the spirit of Alain de Botton's 'Consolations of Philosophy', the Abbot Christopher Jamison, from BBC2's The Monastery suggests ways in which the teachings of St Benedict can be helpful in everyday life - for those who are religious but also those who are searching for spiritual guidance.See all Product Description
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Drawing extensively upon the Rule of St Benedict, Mr Jamison promotes spiritual disciplines which offer an attractive and practical antidote to the unrelenting busy-ness of everyday life in the western world. Chapter by chapter, he extols the benefits of silence, contemplation, obedience, humility, community, spirituality and hope and does so in ways which are informative, stimulating and helpful to those of us who want to grow continually closer to God. Christopher occasionally refers back to 'The Monastery' TV series for illustrative purposes, but such references are relatively few and anyone who missed the programmes will not be at any great disadvantage.
The one reservation I had when reading this book was the apparent, underlying notion of 'many different paths lead to the same God' - something to which I personally don't subscribe. Having said that, I would heartily recommend 'Finding Sanctuary' to Christians and non-Christians alike.
I was not dissapointed, being quite interested in Benedictine spirituality already i found this book to be a very good practical guide to creating sanctuary in your life. I am also very impressed with the way in which Abbot Jamison takes into account people of differing faith traditions and those with no faith tradition at all. I found that the caring, understanding, and intelligent person of the abbot transfers into his writings, creating an informative and pleasant read.
The only criticism I have is that if you haven't seen the monastry TV series then references to some of the participants may be a little out of joint with the rest of the book.
At any rate this is well worth buying......
Not really a religious book, I believe only one of its chapters concentrates on belief, it covers all areas and also questions how the reader can find happiness in the modern materialistic world.
Finding Sanctuary is very simple, very accessible and very effective. And you don't need the building to make it work for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was recommended by a friend and is well worth a read. Written by a prior from a monk community who o.j. Read morePublished 2 months ago by fionae
The steps outlined in the book will certainly help you to evaluate life from another viewpoint. Thank you Father Christopher, you are a blessing to us all and this book has helped... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Steven Burgess
Very helpful . I am not a real reader of any books but I can with thisPublished 7 months ago by melvyn redd
Good book. Find it quite a difficult read as nd it brings up lots ok f interesting questions!Published 8 months ago by fenric71
really lovely book- well worth a read. Calms the mind and gives you something to really think about.Published 13 months ago by MsHollyNash