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Monk Habits for Everyday People: Benedictine Spirituality for Protestants

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When Dennis Okholm began exploring the roots of contemporary Benedictine monasticism, he quickly found that St. Benedict has as much to offer Protestants as he does Roman Catholics. In Monk Habits for Everyday People, Okholm—a professor who was raised as a Pentecostal and a Baptist—uses his profound experience with Benedictine spirituality to show how it can enrich the lives and prayer practices of Protestants.

Okholm unpacks the Rule of St. Benedict—a practical guide for living the Christian faith and cultivating Christian virtue—by reflecting on aspects of spirituality such as listening, poverty, obedience, humility, hospitality, stability, and balance. His insights are invaluable to contemporary Christians, who, Okholm observes, have become consumers of religion rather than cultivators of a spiritual life. Readers will emerge not only with the desire to use the habits of monks to enhance their discipleship but also with the tools to start them on the journey.

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  • Shows how Bendict’s Rule is good for all Christians
  • Helps Christians reflect profitably on social issues
  • Enhances spirituality and discipleship
  • What’s a Good (Protestant Evangelical) Boy Doin’ in a Monastery
  • Why Benedictine Spirituality for Protestants
  • Learning to Listen
  • Poverty: Sharing Goods
  • Obediance: Objectifying Providence
  • Humility: Letting Go of the Mask
  • Hospitality: The Guest of Christ
  • Balance: God in Everything
  • To Change the World!
  • A Historical Afterword: Why the Protestant Reformers Opposed Monasticism
The book's winsome portrait of the Benedictines—and, through their monastic practices, of Christ—makes for a spiritual feast. The historically minded will also benefit from Okholm's careful discussion of why more Protestants should pay greater heed to the Benedictine life.

Mark A. Noll, professor of church history, University of Notre Dame

Dennis Okholm’s Monk Habits is the perfect introduction to Benedictine spirituality for the earnest Protestant believer. In taking us on his own journey, he invites us to discover Benedict of Nursia and Benedict’s myriad faithful followers over fifteen centuries.

—Tony Jones, author, The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier

It is especially important that we now hear from Dennis Okholm, who reminds us that for all Christians, good spiritual habits are good for our spiritual health; that ‘Scripture is the original rule’; and that Christ is the point of it all, our true beginning and our end.

—Kathleen Norris, author The Cloister Walk

  • Title: Monk Habits for Everyday People: Benedictine Spirituality for Protestants
  • Author: Dennis L. Okholm
  • Publisher: Brazos
  • Print Publication Date: 2007
  • Logos Release Date: 2011
  • Pages: 144
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Benedictines › Spiritual life; Christian life; Monastic and religious life; Spirituality › Christianity
  • Resource ID: LLS:900338C1E7F7BAD0CC78E8AD6EEF0B4D
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2020-09-15T23:04:54Z

Dennis Okholm, Ph.D., teaches as a professor of theology in the Division of Religion and Philosophy for the School of Theology and brings more than 20 years of teaching experience to the classroom, including brief teaching assignments in Kenya, Romania, and Sudan. In addition to teaching, Okholm speaks at various church and youth groups. He is a member of numerous societies and boards and received a grant to work on a book-length project on the seven deadly sins. Dr. Okholm is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).


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