Publication Date: September 29, 2017
Saint Benedict's Twelve-Step Guide to Genuine Self-Esteem
Saint Benedict's fifth-century guide to humility offers the antidote to the epidemic of stress and depression overwhelming modern young adults. But the language of The Rule by Saint Benedict is medieval, and its most passionate advocates are cloistered monks and nuns. How then does this ancient wisdom translate into advice for ordinary people?
With candor, humor, and a unique approach to classical art, Father Augustine, a high school teacher and coach, breaks down Saint Benedict's method into twelve pithy steps for finding inner peace in a way that can be applied to anyone's life.
Drawing upon his own life experiences, both before and after becoming a Benedictine monk, the author explains every step, illustrating each chapter with color reproductions of monastic art that he has embellished with comic flourishes. The winsome combination is sure to keep readers from taking themselves too seriously--which is already a first step on the path to humility.
"This book could not be more perfect. The author shares withC. S. Lewis his rare talent of taking profound thought and turning it into thelanguage ordinary people understand. Many have tried to do as Lewis did, but ofthose who have achieved it, Father Augustine is the most successful."
-- Walter Hooper, LiteraryAdviser to the Estate of C. S. Lewis
"My apostolate has worked with many thousands of teens andyoung adults. I know how real self-esteem challenges are forthem. FatherAugus- tine's book is a good antidote to this. It is full of practical,relevant advice based on a rule that's been road-tested for1,500 years."
--Curtis A. Martin, Founder and CEO of FOCUS
"With warmth, wit, and honesty, Humility Rules presents a fascinating window into the way of the monk, showing how Saint Benedict's wisdom enables us to find freedom in Christ wherever we make our home."
--Dawn Eden, Author, Remembering God'sMercy
"Secular culture loves things monastic like monk-made bread and calming meditation. But the heart of the Benedictine life is humility. This deceptively lighthearted book offers a series of enlightening contrasts to make humility an attractive proposition today."
--Dom Christopher Jamison, Monk, Writer, Broadcaster