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NORVENE VEST leads workshops and retreats on Benedictine spirituality throughout the United States and Britain. She is an oblate of a Benedictine abbey in Valyermo, California, and the author of Preferring Christ, Desiring Life, and Friend of the Soul. For more information, please see her website, www.composury.com.
Anyone trying to be more disciplined in his or her spiritual life would find something useful here. But the book goes beyond the practical and becomes a spiritual path in itself. To be read slowly in order to allow the simplicity to settle into the reader's soul, this book is one to treasure and to return to for nourishment. Episcopal Evangel No moment is too small to be aware of God's Presence in our lives. Truly, this is a book to help us walk on the path of Jesus in our everyday life. Heart Beat Norvene Vest perceptively and realistically adapts these key elements of Benedictine spirituality so that anyone anywhere can incorporate them fruitfully into his or her life. The Pecos Benedictine Vest recognizes in the precepts of the Benedictine common life some significant common ground between monks and lay people. Far from suggesting that lay people can become monks, or otherwise enter into the fullness of monastic life, without taking religious vows, Vest stresses that, by following the Rule closely and faithfully, lay people can take on some essential monastic activities: silence, holy reading, prayer ... Her 'exercises' in silence, holy reading and prayer are superb, reminding one that no moment is too small to devote to God. The B.C. Catholic