Benedictine Reading List

An Open-Ended List of Commended Readings

Prayer Books
Benedictine Daily Prayer: A Short Breviary. Second Edition. Liturgical Press, 2015.

Celtic Daily Prayer: Prayers and Readings from the Northumbria Community. HarperOne, 2002.

Glenstal Book of Prayer: A Benedictine Prayer Book. Liturgical Press, 2001.

Benedictine Tradition
Barry OSB, Patrick. Saint Benedict and Christianity in England. Ampleforth Abbey Press (distributed by
Gracewing), 1995, reprinted 1997.

Belisle OSB Cam, Peter-Damian.

The Privilege of Love: Camaldolese Benedictine Spirituality. Liturgical Press, 2002.

Casey OCSO, Michael. Strangers to the City: Reflections on the Beliefs and Values of the Rule of Saint Benedict. Paraclete Press, 2013.

Chittister OSB, Joan. The Rule of Benedict: Insights for the Ages. Crossroad Publishing, 1992.

Chittister OSB, Joan. The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century. Crossroad Publishing, 2010. (This appears to be a re-publication of The Rule of Benedict: Insights for the Ages that was published in 1992, with added pictures.)

Chittister OSB, Joan. Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today. Second Edition. HarperOne, 2009.

Consiglio OSB Cam, Cyprian. Prayer in the Cave of the Heart: The Universal Call to Contemplation. Liturgical Press, 2010.

Consiglio OSB Cam, Cyprian. Spirit, Soul, Body: Toward an Integral Christian Spirituality. Liturgical Press, 2015.

Cummings OCSO, Charles. Monastic Practices. Second Edition. Cistercian Publications, 2015.

De Waal, Esther. Seeking God: The Way of Benedict. Second Edition. Liturgical Press, 2001.

Farmer, David Hugh. Benedict’s Disciples. Second Edition. Gracewing, 2002.

Feiss OSB, Hugh, Ronald E. Pipin, and Maureen M. O’Brien. A Benedictine Reader: 530-1530. Cistercian Publications and Liturgical Press, 2019.
Page 1 of 4 June 1, 2020

Frost, Richard. Life with St. Benedict: The Rule Reimagined for Everyday Living. The Bible Reading Fellowship, 2019.

Grun OSB, Anselm. Benedict of Nursia: His Message for Today. Liturgical Press, 2006.
Grun OSB, Anselm. The Challenge of Silence. Revised Edition. Benedictine Mission House, 1993.

Kardong OSB, Terrence G. Benedict’s Rule: A Translation and Commentary. Liturgical Press, 1996.

Kessler OSB, Ann E. Benedictine Men and Women of Courage: Roots and History. Revised Edition. Lean Scholar Press, 2014.

Le Mee, Katharine. The Benedictine Gift to Music. Paulist Press, 2003.

Marett-Crosby OSB, Anthony. The Benedictine Handbook. Liturgical Press, 2003.

Marr OSB, Andrew. Tools for Peace: The Spiritual Craft of St. Benedict and René Girard. iUniverse, 2007.

McCann OSB, Abbot Justin. Saint Benedict: The Story of the Man and his Work. Revised edition. Doubleday / Image Books, 1958.

Quenon OCSO, Paul. In Praise of the Useless Life: A Monk’s Memoir. Ave Maria Press, 2018.

Robinson, David. Ancient Paths: Discover Christian Formation the Benedictine Way. Paraclete Press,

Steindl-Rast, David, and Anselm Grun. Faith beyond Belief: Spirituality for Our Times. Liturgical Press, 2016.

Stewart OSB, Columba. Prayer and Community: The Benedictine Tradition. Orbis Books, 1998.

Swan, Laura, Editor. The Benedictine Tradition. Liturgical Press, 2007.
Tristram, Kate. The Story of Holy Island: An Illustrated History. Canterbury Press, 2009. See especially
Chapter 10, “The Benedictine Years.”

Tvedten OSB, Benet. How to be a Monastic and Not Leave Your Day Job: A Guide for Benedictine Oblates
and Other Christians Who Follow the Monastic Way. Paraclete Press, 2013.

Valente, Judith. How to Live: What the Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning, and
Community. Hampton Roads Publishing, 2018.

Williams, Rowan. The Way of St. Benedict. Bloomsbury Continuum, 2020.

Benedictine – On-Line
Chittister OSB, Joan. “What is Benedictine Spirituality?” (Video):

Comerford, Patrick. “’Ora et Labora,’ An Introduction to Benedictine Spirituality”:

Hale OSB, Robert. “The Benedictine Spirit in Anglicanism”:

“The Rule of Benedict: Reflections from Christian Meditators”:

Bucko, Adam, and Rory McEntee. The New Monasticism: An Interspiritual Manifesto for Contemplative
Living. Orbis Books, 2015.

Countryman, L. William. The Poetic Imagination: An Anglican Spiritual Tradition. Orbis Books, 2005.

Ford-Grabowsky, Mary. Spiritual Writings on Mary: Annotated & Explained. SkyLight Paths, 2005.

Laird OSA, Martin. An Ocean of Light: Contemplation, Transformation, and Liberation. Oxford University Press, 2018.

Laird OSA, Martin. A Sunlit Absence: Silence, Awareness, and Contemplation. Oxford University Press, 2011.

Laird OSA, Martin. Into the Silent Land: A Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation. Oxford University Press, 2006.

Leloup, Jean-Yves. Being Still: Reflections on an Ancient Mystical Tradition. Paulist Press, 2003.

McNichols, William Hart, and Mirabai Starr. Mother of God Similar to Fire. Orbis Books, 2016. Panikkar,

Raimon. Christophany: The Fullness of Man. Orbis Books, 2007.

Pelphrey, Brendan. The Secret Seminary: Prayer and the Study of Theology. Spring Deer Studio, 2012.

Shaia, Alexander John. Heart and Mind: The Four-Gospel Journey for Radical Transformation:
Second Edition. Journey of Quadratos, 2017.

Sigrist, Seraphim. A Life Together: Wisdom of Community from the Christian East. Paraclete Press, 2011. Sigrist, Seraphim. Theology of Wonder. St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2001.

Sinetar, Marsha. Ordinary People as Monks and Mystics: Lifestyles for Spiritual Wholeness. New Edition. Paulist Press, 2007.

Talbot, John Michael. The Universal Monk: The Way of the New Monastics. Liturgical Press, 2011.

Teasdale, Wayne. A Monk in the World: Cultivating a Spiritual Life. New World Library, 2002.

Wells, Samuel. Learning to Dream Again: Rediscovering the Heart of God. Eerdmans, 2013.


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