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A timeless source of wisdom for people looking to lead a life of simplicity, purpose, and serenity.

The Rule of St. Benedict has governed monastic communities for centuries, but it is far more than a standard religious text. The Rule is, above all, a handbook for living a deliberate life - no matter your religious background or beliefs. It teaches the importance of contemplation and silence, of solitude, and the power of community and unity. 

With lessons focusing on the simple acts of everyday life, like eating and daily work, along with wisdom for the deeply personal and internal facets of living, such as cultivating humility and practicing forgiveness, The Rule of St. Benedict is a profound guide to living a good and meaningful life. 

An award-winning translator, Philip Freeman’s version of The Rule is beautifully accessible in its language. With a simple and direct style, the book lays out a way of living that is transformative in its simplicity and striking in its power. 

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Essentials

©2020 Philip Freeman (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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  • Adrian Chan-Wyles Ph.D
  • 27-12-2020

Divinely Transcendent...

One of the greatest texts of humanity expertly read and presented. Its depth and breadth is astonishing as is its philosophical and ideological implications. Everyone who encounters this text is on a personal journey of inner and outer exploration. The content was devised within the cultural setting of an early Christian monastery - but its import far out shines this original purpose and gives us something of the original Christianity. St Benedict was a truly extraordinary being and I say all this as someone who is not a Christian.

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