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Recovering Benedict

Twelve-Step Living and the Rule of Benedict

Recovering Benedict

Twelve-Step Living and the Rule of Benedict

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Publisher: Church Publishing Inc
ISBN: 9781640653269
Number of Pages: 160
Published: 16/10/2020
Width: 14 cm
Height: 21.6 cm

Recovering Benedict encourages us to nourish our physical and spiritual lives using the Rule of Benedict and the twelve-step recovery principles of Alcoholics Anonymous. As the "father of Western monasticism," Benedict pulled together various strands of monastic spirituality into a single handbook for holiness. Alcoholics Anonymous presented an equally innovative way to address alcoholism based on twelve steps drawn from numerous spiritual sources. While it took a sixth-century Italian collating various sources to produce a handbook for spiritual life, it likewise took a twentieth-century American to pull together the spiritual principles to recover one's physical life. John E. Crean, Jr. brings both traditions together in one handbook for living: daily meditations are inspired by the down-to-earth wisdom of the Rule of Benedict, and AA's template for sobriety and humbleness. A thoughtful daily devotional for all who wish for deeper healing, for personal use, or group study.

John Edward Crean, Jr.

The Very Reverend Canon John Crean is Dean Emeritus of the Diocese of Western Michigan. He was born and educated on the East coast, and taught at Yale, the University of Wisconsin, Madison, the University of Hawaii, and at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. where he taught and was department chair during his last four academic years of 1998-2002. For many years, John has published and presented scholarly papers on the Rule of Saint Benedict. He also served both as a coeditor of MAGISTRA, A JOURNAL OF WOMEN'S SPIRITUALITY IN HISTORY. He is currently a "reader" (scholar) at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA, researching and publishing on ecclesiastical history. An oblate of Saint Boniface Benedictine Abbey in Munich, Germany, John has also been personally involved in twelve-step recovery work since 2003.

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