Preferring Christ

A Devotional Commentary on the Rule of St. Benedict

Norvene Vest

Oct/2004, 304 Pages, PAPERBACK, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9780819219916



The Rule of St. Benedict continues to attract those who seek to live a deeper life, connected to Christ. But with such an ancient text, how can we authentically engage St. Benedict’s Rule in a manner that is true to its profound insights—and to our own spiritual journey? Norvene Vest suggests that the answer lies in the way we read the Rule. “It shouldn’t be studied like a book of regulations, or a school textbook. It should be read as lectio divina.”

This profound yet very practical volume speaks to our urgent spiritual need. People yearn for an interior life deeply rooted in God, humanly balanced, and substantially founded in the Christian heritage. Vest offers a valuable resource by rendering much more accessible the spiritual wealth of the key text of the ancient Benedictine charism. Here is the solid, balanced wisdom that has nourished and guided innumerable Christians for nearly fifteen centuries.

Norvene Vest has been involved in Christian formation for 30 years through one-to-one spiritual direction, leading retreats and workshops, and writing books. (Visit for more information.) She is the author of Preferring Christ, Still Listening, and Tending the Holy. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"I am very happy with this approach to the Rule. Those who use it will certainly develop the kind of intimacy with the spirit of Benedict that brings it alive in our own time." -Joan Chittister, OSB, author of Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today
"I much appreciate the sense of the presence of the sacramental in the midst of the ordinary. I look forward to recommending the book to others." -Rt. Rev. Fred Borsch, retired Bishop of Los Angeles
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