|Pages/Publication Date:||288 / 2015|
Some Christians perceive monasticism as a relic from the past, a retreat from the world, or a shirking of Jesus's call to the Great Commission. At the same time, contemporary evangelical spirituality thrives on historical Christian manifestations of the faith. In this accessibly written overview, Greg Peters, an expert in monastic studies who is a Benedictine oblate and spiritual director, offers a historical survey of monasticism from its origins to the present day. Peters recovers the riches of the monastic tradition for contemporary spiritual formation and devotional practice, explaining why the monastic impulse is a valid and necessary aspect of the Christian faith for today's church.