The Benedict Option

The Benedict Option

Publisher: Sentinel
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Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
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How should Christians respond to a faith in the margins? What option is available for the church when living in a nation that is cut off from its Christian roots and quickly falling into a new Dark Age? Is there a middle path, between those who call for a complete separation and rejection of the world in which we live and those who rationalize and accommodate the world to preserve comfort and privilege?In a radical new vision for the future of Christianity, New York Times bestselling author and conservative columnist Rod Dreher issues a manifesto and clarion call for American Christians to prepare for the coming Dark Age by considering how the practices of an ancient Christian way of life?the Benedictine way initiated by sixth-century monk, St. Benedict of Nursia?can be applied and lived out within today's Church. In The Benedict Option, Dreher draws on the authority of Scripture and the wisdom and example of St. Benedict of Nursia, a sixth-century monk who created a new, enduring way of life for Christians based on principles of order, hospitality, stability, community and prayer.

Editorial Reviews

“The Trump era…has not made The Benedict Option…less timely, but more so….Conservative Christians active in politics have no choice but to do the best they can from that unsteady, wavering position. But only a robust counterculture, a healthy sense of their own freakishness and, yes, a few St. Benedicts will save them if they fall.”
Ross DouthatThe New York Times

"The Benedict Option is already the most discussed and most important religious book of the decade."
David BrooksThe New York Times

"I'm more missionary than monastery, but I think every Christian should read this book. Rod Dreher is brilliant, prophetic, and wise. Even if you don't agree with everything in this book, there are warnings here to heed, and habits here to practice.”
Russell Moore, president, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
“A terrific book: provocative in its content, shrewd in its insights, vivid and engaging in its style.  The strength of The Benedict Option is not just its analysis of our culture’s developing problems but its outline of practical ways Christians can survive and thrive in a dramatically different America.  This is an invaluable tool for understanding our times and acting as faithful believers.”
Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia
"This is the kind of book I am going to use to get the thoughtful people in my congregation reading and discussing. It is going to be helpful to the very people who have to live on the front line."
Carl R. Trueman, Westminster [PA] Theological Seminary; writer for First Things
“An insightful and optimistic plan of action for Christians who are starting to realize just how hostile American culture is to their faith.”
Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, senior editor, The Federalist
Deeply convicting and motivating. This book will be a grounding force for the Church in the decades ahead.” 
Gabe Lyons, author of Good Faith; president of Q Ideas

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