A new mode of Christian living is springing to life as groups of individuals and families living in the same geographic area or connected virtually share a simple rule of life. 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 three themes:
- The cave: the place of stillness, prayer, and withdrawal that can inspire a new engagement with the mystery of God
- The refectory: how manastic 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
Ian Adams is an Anglican priest and founder of mayBe, a new monastic community in Oxford. A popular speaker, he is the creator of Morning Bell, a daily call to prayer sent by e-mail, text, and Twitter. He lives in South Devon, England.
At the heart of this enlightening work is Adams' contention that the monastic way offers `ways to reshape the world for good.' With precision and passion, he explores the value of practices of hospitality, commitment, creativity, freedom, devotion, humility, simplicity, rootedness, and crossing boundaries.
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. Read chapter by chapter, it would provide excellent material for a series of Third Order small group meetings.
David Walker, Bishop of Dudley (Church of England)
If you are looking for a quick but deep summer guide to how to live your life more authentically and, maybe, just a little bit more monastically, this book is for you. I am glad I had the chance to read and review this text, which articulates well the path to contemplative living in a white-noise world. I am always impressed when a person can channel and mine the inner experience of the soul and provide a "roadmap" to others.
Teresa B Pasquale, LCSW
Ian Adams captures the essential genius of the monastic tradition. His book gives simple, practical inspiration for `ordinary living.
Abbot Stuart Burns, OSB