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Monastic literature has inspired and challenged the world outside the cloister ever since monks started putting their thoughts on paper well over fifteen hundred years ago. With his Monk's Alphabet, Father Jeremy Driscoll brings the genre into the twenty-first century, offering a collection of compact and thought-provoking essays on life, faith, and the world around us from the perspective of someone whose existence is structured around the unfolding of the interior life.

The 187 meditations are arranged by short titles in alphabetical order to emphasize that the reader can approach them in random fashion, without preconceived ideas, to be surprised by where they lead the heart and mind.

"If I am a monk," Father Jeremy says, "that means also that I am just a man, connected with all other men and women in my time . . . and in other times. I am searching, like we all do. I struggle to believe, like we all do. Life is lovely, life is hardthis is true for me like it is for us all. That is why I think to share my alphabet. Not because monks are different and so worth a visit to see them in a zoo, but because my monastic life has given me the space to think about things that we all care about and all have to face."

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"What do the following words have in common — O'Keeffe, Orchard, Oyster? Not much apart from their initial letter, and therein lies a problem with this book of alphabetical meditations. Driscoll, a Benedictine monk who commutes between an abbey in Oregon and a seminary in Rome, claims Marcus Aurelius, Evagrius Ponticus and Blaise Pascal as his literary models (they all wrote 'short, provisional essays... to provoke thought') and promises that 'the many and varied thoughts come together and begin to sketch certain patterns, not created by ourselves trying to remain in control, but formed from a deeper logic.' The book's introduction is actually quite fascinating. But by the time readers hit Bluntly, Breathless, Bugs, they may be longing for Kathleen Norris's Amazing Grace or Frederick Buechner's Wishful Thinking, abecedarian books with fresher insights and more focused ramblings. Much of Driscoll's writing is highly personal, as if lifted from private journals; depression is a recurring theme. Though he tends to belabor the obvious and is sometimes annoyingly self-absorbed, he tells a few good stories, asks some thoughtful questions and will appeal to readers who have always wanted an unedited peek inside a monk's head. Mistakes, Monastic, Moose. (Aug. 8)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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In the tradition of Thomas Merton, Henry Nouwen, and Kathleen Norris, these are contemplations of a Benedictine monk who is also a poet, a critic, and a theologian of renown.

Synopsis:

From the time of the desert fathers to our own post-Christian age, the literature of monastic wisdom has provided inspiration for those of us who lead ordinary lives in the world. Father Jeremy Driscoll, a poet and theologian who is also a Benedictine monk, brings the genre into the twenty-first century with this exquisitely written collection of reflections on life from a monastic perspective. Whether reflecting on the details of the cloistered life, or observing the weirdness of American culture, explaining a fine point of Catholic theology to a child, or meditating on the flight of a seagull over the glittering ocean at sunrise, Fr. Jeremy's voice both enchants and provokes us to further contemplation. The 187 meditations are arranged by short titles in alphabetical order to emphasize that the reader should approach them in random fashion, without preconceived ideas, in order to be open to where they lead the heart and mind.

About the Author

Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B., is a priest and monk of Mount Angel Abbey, St. Benedict, Oregon. He is a professor of theology at Mount Angel Seminary and at the Pontifical Athenaeum Sant' Anselmo in Rome. He is the author of several books of theology and poetry.

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Some Other Writer, February 15, 2007 (view all comments by Some Other Writer)
What if, while you were reading a book for the first time, you didn't want it to end, but you just had to read it all at once, so you decided to race to the end so you could immediately read it again? And what if that book were... a compilation of essays by a 21st-century monk? Wait; slow down; be willing to believe that these brief, alphabetical pieces, some no more than a paragraph each, with titles ranging from "Grace" to "X-ray of a Cherry," could hold your attention. Besides being a monk who migrates between Oregon's Mount Angel and Italy's Rome each year, Jeremy Driscoll is a fine, funny storyteller and a disarmingly honest human being.
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Elisabeth Bollinger, January 31, 2007 (view all comments by Elisabeth Bollinger)
Like all of Fr. Jeremy's writings, this book is beautiful. I am not reading it from front to back. Rather, I randomly open to a page and marvel at how it says something I need to hear - just then.
Perfect for a busy Mom who would still like to have a grown-up thought now and then...
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781590303733
Subtitle:
Moments of Stillness in a Turning Wolrd
Author:
Driscoll, Jeremy
Manufactured:
Shambala Publications
Publisher:
Shambhala
Subject:
Christian Life
Subject:
Spiritual life
Subject:
Vocabulary
Subject:
Christianity - Christian Life - General
Subject:
Christian Life - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20060808
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8 x 5.33 x .86 in .76 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "What do the following words have in common — O'Keeffe, Orchard, Oyster? Not much apart from their initial letter, and therein lies a problem with this book of alphabetical meditations. Driscoll, a Benedictine monk who commutes between an abbey in Oregon and a seminary in Rome, claims Marcus Aurelius, Evagrius Ponticus and Blaise Pascal as his literary models (they all wrote 'short, provisional essays... to provoke thought') and promises that 'the many and varied thoughts come together and begin to sketch certain patterns, not created by ourselves trying to remain in control, but formed from a deeper logic.' The book's introduction is actually quite fascinating. But by the time readers hit Bluntly, Breathless, Bugs, they may be longing for Kathleen Norris's Amazing Grace or Frederick Buechner's Wishful Thinking, abecedarian books with fresher insights and more focused ramblings. Much of Driscoll's writing is highly personal, as if lifted from private journals; depression is a recurring theme. Though he tends to belabor the obvious and is sometimes annoyingly self-absorbed, he tells a few good stories, asks some thoughtful questions and will appeal to readers who have always wanted an unedited peek inside a monk's head. Mistakes, Monastic, Moose. (Aug. 8)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In the tradition of Thomas Merton, Henry Nouwen, and Kathleen Norris, these are contemplations of a Benedictine monk who is also a poet, a critic, and a theologian of renown.
"Synopsis" by , From the time of the desert fathers to our own post-Christian age, the literature of monastic wisdom has provided inspiration for those of us who lead ordinary lives in the world. Father Jeremy Driscoll, a poet and theologian who is also a Benedictine monk, brings the genre into the twenty-first century with this exquisitely written collection of reflections on life from a monastic perspective. Whether reflecting on the details of the cloistered life, or observing the weirdness of American culture, explaining a fine point of Catholic theology to a child, or meditating on the flight of a seagull over the glittering ocean at sunrise, Fr. Jeremy's voice both enchants and provokes us to further contemplation. The 187 meditations are arranged by short titles in alphabetical order to emphasize that the reader should approach them in random fashion, without preconceived ideas, in order to be open to where they lead the heart and mind.
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