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Crafting a Rule of Life: An Invitation to the Well-Ordered Way Paperback – 16 January 2012
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Your personal rule of life is a holistic description of the Spirit-empowered rhythms and relationships that create, redeem, sustain and transform the life God invites you to humbly fulfill for Christ's glory. All of us have an unwritten personal rule of life. We wake at certain times, get ready for our days in particular ways, use our free time for assorted purposes and practice rhythms of work, hobbies, and worship. There is already a rule in place that you are following. Isn't it time to give up your unwritten rule and prayerfully write one that more closely matches the heartbeat of God? In this practical workbook Stephen A. Macchia looks to St. Benedict as a guide for discovering your own rule of life in community. It is a process that takes time and concerted effort; you must listen to God and discern what he wants you to be and do for his glory. But through the basic disciplines of Scripture, prayer and reflection in a small group context you will be lead forward in a journey toward Christlikeness. The invitation is transformational, so brace yourself for sweet release. By letting go and trusting God, you will receive the gift of life in its fullest and richest form.
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"Crafting a Rule of Life is a special gift of grace for all who seek a more faithful and fulfilling way of living as a follower of Jesus Christ. Steve Macchia clearly and compellingly writes about the value of a disciplined way of living for individuals and small groups, and then offers a carefully constructed pathway to find that more faithful and fulfilling way."--Rueben P. Job, coauthor of A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants and retired Bishop of the United Methodist Church
"Helping people develop their own personal rule of life so that their lives truly revolve around the love of Jesus is one of the most important issues facing the church today. Steve has made a wonderful contribution in writing this practical, thorough book. I highly recommend it!"--Pete Scazzero, pastor and author of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality
"The genius of Steve's approach is he makes ancient ways contemporary, personal and practical. Saint Benedict joins your daily commute. George Mueller helps you reconcile your bank statement. There's no need to live in a cave or meditate atop a pillar. The life you long to live can be fashioned from the life you already have."--From the foreword by Mark Buchanan, author of Spiritual Rhythm
About the Author
Stephen A. Macchia (D.Min.) is founding president of Leadership Transformations, Inc., a spiritual formation ministry for leaders and teams, and is the director of the Pierce Center for Disciple-Building at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books, including Becoming a Healthy Church (Baker). Steve and his wife, Ruth, have two children, Nathan and Rebekah, and live in the Boston area.
- Publisher : INTER VARSITY PR (16 January 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0830835644
- ISBN-13 : 978-0830835645
- Dimensions : 17.78 x 1.78 x 25.4 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 214,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book describes itself as a contemporary approach to St. Benedict's Rule. Like many books in this genre, the focus is twofold; "being" and "doing". Part One looks at framing a "Rule of Life" in the light of my own identity; It asks questions such as; Who am I? What are my roles, gifts and passions? Part Two looks at forming holistic life rules in relation to five aspects of everyday life: Time, Trust, Temple (our physical being), Treasure (our finances) and Talents. The third and final section puts this into the context of church and community.
This book helped me to assess the unwritten rules I already had in place and to craft something a little more purposeful and intentionally holistic. Generally, I like reading books on the Kindle, but this is more of a workbook format so I opted for the paperback version, which gave me space to make notes and to write answers to the various questions that crop up. I'm sure that it would be easy enough to read the Kindle version with a notebook to hand, but this is an interactive book, so whichever format you choose, prepare to engage with its content.
The tone of the book is engaging and it's format well-balanced. Each chapter offers a guiding principle, a biblical reflection, and an historical insight, followed by an opportunity to apply the chapter's contents to your personal rule of life, as well as reflecting on the broader community context. This rhythmic format kept me engaged throughout. This is the perfect book for someone who likes (or wants) a bit of rhythm in their life!
The book is suitable for individuals or groups, and I can highly recommend this as a tool for anyone looking to develop their own spiritual disciplines and 'holy habits'.