Building the Benedict Option: A Guide to Gathering Two or Three Together in His Name

Building the Benedict Option: A Guide to Gathering Two or Three Together in His Name Review

Building the Benedict Option is a combination spiritual memoir and practical handbook for Christians who want to build communities of prayer, socialization, and evangelization in the places where they live and work.

Beginning when the author was a new convert, she desired more communal prayer and fellowship than weekly Mass could provide. She surveyed her friends--busy, young, urban professionals like herself--and created enriching or supportive experiences that matched their desires and schedules. The result was a less lonely and more boisterous spiritual and social life.

No Catholic Martha Stewart, Libresco is frank about how she plans events that allow her to feed thirty people on a Friday night without feeling exhausted. She is honest about the obstacles to prayer and the challenge to make it inviting and unobtrusive. Above all, she communicates the joy she has experienced since discovering ways to open her home (even when it was only a small studio apartment).

The reader will close this book with four or five ideas for events to try over the next few weeks, along with the tools to make them fruitful. From film nights to picnics in the park to resume-writing evenings, there are plenty of ideas to choose from and loads of encouragement to make more room in one's life for others.

Title:Building the Benedict Option: A Guide to Gathering Two or Three Together in His Name
Edition Language:English

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  • Catherine

    As a single grad student in an isolating environment where most of my friends are below the poverty line, I really needed this practical, adaptable guide to building community while facing exactly tho...

  • Jeff Miller

    Full review coming....

  • Mattathias

    A tremendously helpful book. Finished my first read through, catching the general vision of Leah's counsel. I am beginning a second read through to consider specific actions I want to take to foster s...

  • Sherri

    This book is such a tonic: cheerful, practical, and encouraging. I generally think Rod Dreher is on track with the Benedict Option, but his book has a tendency to gloom. So this makes a good and welco...

  • Jill

    Great ideas, not immediately applicable to the area where I live and the age group, but the basic ideas are good. Also, not sure why she included non-Christians as I thought the plan was to preserve t...

  • Rich

    Good practical book on living the Benedict Option and intentional Christian community. Great practical ideas I will use. ...

  • Kathryn

    In August, Ignatius Press released Building the Benedict Option: A Guide to Gathering Two or Three in His Name by Leah Libresco. In 163 pages, Libresco takes the reader through her vision, experience ...

  • Laura

    I am one of dozens of urban professionals who found myself practicing my faith in a very lonely way when I first moved to the city. It seems daunting to build a community of faithful from scratch in a...

  • David

    This is a really good book on how to build up community in the church today. Many Catholic churches have parishioners who don't even know each other's names and have a complete lack of connectivity wi...

  • Michelle

    Reading this book in the wake of the Pennsylvania report & church scandal makes the Benedict Option all the more appealing and important. I enjoyed reading about the author’s personal quest to creat...