What Sisters and Oblates Are Reading

How To Live

by Judith Valente
Hampton Roads

Jacqueline Small, oblate

In her new book, How to Live: What the Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning, and Community, Judith Valente connects the teachings of The Rule of Benedict to the present day, exploring the effects of the lessons she learned from Benedictine communities. She provides anecdotes from her own life, as a Benedictine oblate, an NPR correspondent, and a recovering workaholic, to show how the wisdom of Benedict is still enriching today.

For those who are not familiar with the Rule, this book will give a clear sense of its importance and its practicality. Those who are familiar with the Rule may be most moved by and interested in Valente's warm, honest portraits of the monastics and oblates who have shown her how to live out the meaning of Benedictinism. Insights from Sister Joan Chittister and Martin E. Marty in the foreword and the afterword, round out How to Live, contributing two more perspectives to a book that is rich with stories and voices.

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