Like the Anglican-Roman Catholic Agreements, Esther de Waal's commentary is founded on the Gospels and on the ancient and common traditions and so is another important example of convergence of our two communions. Fr. Eoin de Bhaldraithe
Esther de Waal reminds us that St Benedict was, in fact, a lay person. So the value of this book is that Esther is a lay person writing for lay people about what is the core of Benedictine spirituality. I believe that she has done something very important for all of us. Cardinal Basil Hume
Esther de Waal has done it again - shown how amazingly relevant the Rule of St Benedict is to spirituality today. Countless people on the pilgrimage of faith will welcome and be changed and challenged by this beautiful blend of insights old and fascinatingly new. --Joyce Huggett
From the Back Cover
Esther de Waal in simple and practical terms, writing on how the Rule of St. Benedict has shaped her life, takes the reader chapter by chapter through the Rule. She details how profoundly biblical it is and how this text, which has formed the way of life of Benedictines and other monastics since the sixth century, also serves as guide for lay people of all denominations.