Kodell's text supplies an easy-to-read set of reflections on key topics like hospitality, lectio divina, prayerful work, and silence as well as some rumination on common misconceptions surrounding monastic life. Overall this little anthology would be an asset to any collection of contemporary light spiritual reading.
[Abbot Jerome's] writing is primarily for the laity familiar with the monastic life and therein lies the great worth of this book. Not only is there a great unpacking of Scripture, there is some of the most unaffected articulate expression of our lives as monastics that helps up put words around ourselves.
American Benedictine Review
Abbot Jerome covers many topics of interest to Benedictine monks, nuns, and oblates, as well as others interested in Benedictine monasticism and its spirituality. . . . This particular volume is highly recommended to those interested in prayer, Benedictine spirituality, and monasticism.
Curled Up With A Good Book
Each reflection is written with much humility, using personal everyday stories and anecdotes related to Scripture. About one page long, each reflection could easily serve as a daily meditation.
You can trust this Abbot-to deliver a generous helping of wit, wisdom, and common sense, seasoned with a humor that gentles the challenge these essays offer. Be prepared to be amused, touched, startled-and above all, to be forced to think about life in and beyond the monastery a little differently than you did before.
Sister Genevieve Glen, OSB, Abbey of St. Walburga, Virginia Dale, Colorado
Contrary to his title, we can trust Abbot Jerome to write lively, but still profound, essays on spiritual topics. In addition to that, he is a serious Bible scholar who knows how to bring the Good Book to bear on contemporary life issues. An ideal book for daily meditation.
Terrence G. Kardong, OSB, Author of The Life of St. Benedict by Gregory the Great