Cave ~ Refectory ~ Road explores how traditional monastic life is helping to shape a new flowering of Christian community today.
It traces the roots of 'new monasticism' and draws on the classic elements of monastic life to suggest how this ancient wisdom, learning and spiritual practice might be reinterpreted for new settings.
A handbook for all who are exploring 'intentional living', its rich and inspiring teaching is clustered around these themes:
The cave: the place of stillness, prayer and withdrawal that can inspire a new engagement with the mystery of God.
The refectory: how monastic practices of hospitality can create communities that make a difference in the world.
The road: how the example of the friars can lead to creative and loving engagement with public life.
'This is a very gentle, ruminative approach to the subject - not so much a guide book or rule book, but a poetry book.'
'Ian Adams' excellent book takes three elements of the historic monastic tradition and recasts them for the benefit both of individuals seeking a deeper walk with God and for the many emerging new monastic communities in the UK and beyond ... This is an easy book to read, and at 99 pages not a long one ... Read chapter by chapter it would provide excellent material for a series of Third Order small group meetings.' -- David Walker, Bishop of Dudley
'Adams marries expertise with theology with ease...It would easily suit those who know nothing of the subject, even of the Christian faith...Adams's honest insights and lyrical sensitivity may well manage to encourage the world-weary, calm down frantic clerics and even engage those who presume that spirituality signifies scented candles and sounds of whale cries." - Jennie Hogan, Church Times