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The Family Cloister: Benedictine Wisdom for the Home [Paperback]

By David Robinson (Author)
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Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.04" Width: 7.03" Height: 0.57"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 25, 2000
Publisher   Crossroad General Interest
ISBN  0824518276  
EAN  9780824518271  

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Taking the centuries-old wisdom of Benedict's Rule and applying it to the difficulties of the contemporary family may seem a daring experiment. This Presbyterian minister concentrates on the keys of design, spirituality, discipline, health, life together, service and hospitality, and growth.

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David Robinson David Robinson is author of four books on spiritual formation including: • Ancient Paths: Discover Christian Formation the Benedictine Way (Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2010); • The Busy Family’s Guide to Spirituality: Practical Lessons for Modern Living from the Monastic Tradition (New York, NY: Crossroad Publishing, 2009); • The Family Cloister: Benedictine Wisdom for the Home (New York: Crossroad Publishing, 2000; winner of Catholic Press Association for “Best Family Life” book, 2001); • The Christian Family Toolbox: 52 Benedictine Activities for the Home (Crossroad, 2001). David received his B.A. in Comparative World Religion from University of Washington in 1979; his Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1984; and his Doctor of Ministry from Fuller in 2009. David has served as Pastor of Community Presbyterian Church since 1993. He is married with three grown sons.

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The Adventure of Parenting  Jan 11, 2006
Vincent Van Gogh painted a family scene titled "First Steps", a portrait of a father working in the family garden having just laid down his hoe to kneel down with open arms to receive his daughter. The mother has just stepped through a little white garden gate with a one year old baby girl dressed in a pink dress, has set the little girl down to take her "first steps" into Daddy's arms. Behind the family, an apple tree is in full springtime blossom with the humble cottage in the background.

This painting captures the essence of "The Family Cloister", parents and children taking first steps together in the family garden where the fruitful and adventurous love labor of raising kids takes place all across the planet.

I've just become a Benedictine Oblate and believe "The Family Cloister" will be an encouragement to any other Oblate parents who are wrestling with ways to implement the practical-spiritual vision of St. Benedict within the cloister of daily parenting.
Doesn't quite pull it off  Sep 29, 2002
The theory sounds like it would work: take the basics of how a monasatery is run and apply it to raising a family. I don't think the author pulls if off well. I was especially affronted at his ideas about using separation as a means of discipline for children. His use of the concept is not like, the same thing as a time out for a three year old. It's not an awful book or anything, he just didn't convince me that the monastic life is transferrable to a family situation.
Home Run for the Family  Mar 18, 2000
What a fresh perspective on family life. Having read a number of books about family life and raising children in a messed up world, this book has given my wife and I a new look at being a family.

Combining the tradition of the Benedictine order and his own experience, David Robinson's first book challenges the hectic lifestyle which so many families are caught up in today. It suggests a framework within which to truly be a family.

Habits shape our lives. And this great book, suggests we create wonderful habits to shape our family life. I'd like to say more, but as this fine work encouraged me, I am off to spend time with my family


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