The Rule of St. Benedict has governed monastic communities for centuries, but it is far more than a standard religious text. The Rule is a guide to living an intentional life — no matter your religious background or beliefs. It teaches the importance of contemplation and silence, of solitude, and the power of community and unity.
With lessons focusing on the simple acts of everyday life, such as eating and daily work, along with wisdom for the deeply personal and internal facets of living, such as cultivating humility and practicing forgiveness, The Rule of St. Benedict is a profound guide to living a good and meaningful life.
This version of The Rule of St. Benedict written by the award-winning translator, Philip Freeman, is beautifully accessible in its language. With a simple and direct style, the book lays out a way of living that is transformative in its simplicity and striking in its power.
Philip Freeman earned a PhD from Harvard University and currently holds an endowed chair in humanities at Pepperdine University, California. He has published over twenty books on ancient and medieval history and religion.