Building the Benedict Option is a combination spiritual memoir and practical handbook for Christians who want to build communities of prayer, socialization, and evangelization in the places where they live and work.Beginning when the author was a new convert, she desired more communal prayer and fellowship than weekly Mass could provide. She surveyed her friends--busy, young, urban professionals like herself--and created enriching or supportive experiences that matched their desires and schedules. The result was a less lonely and more boisterous spiritual and social life.No Catholic Martha Stewart, Libresco is frank about how she plans events that allow her to feed thirty people on a Friday night without feeling exhausted. She is honest about the obstacles to prayer and the challenge to make it inviting and unobtrusive. Above all, she communicates the joy she has experienced since discovering ways to open her home (even when it was only a small studio apartment).The reader will close t...
|Title||:||Building the Benedict Option: A Guide to Gathering Two or Three Together in His Name|
|Number of Pages||:||170 pages|
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Building the Benedict Option: A Guide to Gathering Two or Three Together in His Name Reviews
A full book of Leah doing what Leah does best: bringing the deeply meaningful to the practical level, and teaching how to make practical suggestions deeply meaningful. And she doesn't just give logistical suggestions; she knows that she's somewhat idiosyncratic, so she illuminates the *principles and questions* upon which she has coalesced little local communities to empower the reader to design his own intimate, faithful community.
This is a really good book on how to build up community in the church today. Many Catholic churches have parishioners who don't even know each other's names and have a complete lack of connectivity with each other. The author outlines lots of good community building ideas that parishes would be well advised to implement. Many Protestant churches already utilize the concept of small groups and Leah's book outlines good ways for catholic parishes to implement similar small groups in their local co ...more
In August, Ignatius Press released Building the Benedict Option: A Guide to Gathering Two or Three in His Name by Leah Libresco. In 163 pages, Libresco takes the reader through her vision, experience and practical tips for making the Benedict Option within reach.
Citing smart authors with smart words in lucid language Libresco makes the case that the concept is better understood as not a call to withdraw out of our physical communities but to go deeper spiritually wherever we are, to recognize t ...more
NOTE: This book is based off "The Benedict Option" by Rod Dreher, which I have not read. I don't think you have to read that book to appreciate this one. I found this book very relatable and balanced, not about retreating from the world, as come critics claim of Dreher's book.
I've been reading several hospitality books recently, and I finally stumbled across a Catholic one! For the first 2/3 of this book, I found myself saying "Yes" over and over. Some of the issues she discusses are th ...more
I am one of dozens of urban professionals who found myself practicing my faith in a very lonely way when I first moved to the city. It seems daunting to build a community of faithful from scratch in a new city, but that's precisely why the world needs more Leah Librescos, who understand that building community can be as simple as inviting everyone over for stew and a five hour Shakespeare marathon (if that be your poison). This book argues that we are stronger and happier Christians when we prac ...more
A solid book that goes hand-in-hand with The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation.
I readily enjoyed this book. While people are attacking the concept of the Benedict Option, I feel like this book sidesteps that drama and plunges you into the trials and triumphs of actually creating Catholic community. I have spent the majority of my life in parish ministry trying to do just that, so it was refreshing to read such a book. Put prayer at the center of your friendships and you'd be amazed at how the Holy Spirit is unleashed in your life and your parish.