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How To Live, What the Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning and Community.
The Rule of St. Benedict arose from an era when a great civilization was threatened by violence, economic forces that favored the wealthy, political leaders that lacked the trust of the public, and rampant xenophobia. Similar to the anxieties and frustrations of the 6th century, we are living in a time where societies need to stress community over competition, consensus over conflict, simplicity over self gain, and silence over the constant chatter and distractions of our lives.

In How to Live, Judith Valente explores the key elements of the rule and clearly demonstrates how incorporating this ancient wisdom can change the quality and texture of our lives offering a way forward from the divisions gripping our country. These fresh and profound explorations are inspiring and thoughtful, and will motivate readers to live a meaningful life.
From February 1 issue of Library Journal:

"Suddenly, St. Benedict of Nursia, who lived 1600 years ago, is popular again. First was Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option, which encourages a reinvigorated faith based on classic Christian values as illuminated in the Rule of Saint Benedict. This similar work by journalist and media personality Valente is liberally peppered with Benedict’s Rule, which she asserts provides “a veritable guarantee of the good life” in its focus on a balanced personal humility and individual spiritual growth. This is not a cry for retreat from the world; rather, Valente’s own harried personal life serves as a microcosm through which to understand the value of everything in moderation, while focusing on simplicity and silence. The author finds that “silence sets down a place for wisdom to find a home” and with insight suggests that “sooner or later, we all need to let our souls catch up with the rest of our lives.” VERDICT Comforting words for anyone in need of a period of reflection, for both individuals and book groups." —Sandra Collins, Byzantine Catholic Seminary Lib., Pittsburgh


Now Available for Order Through Barnes & Noble.comAmazon.com and IndieBound.com.  
Coming May 6, 2018 to Barnes & Noble stores nationwide!
Publisher’s Weekly Review:

"The Rule of St. Benedict arose from an era when a great civilization was threatened by violence, economic forces that favored the wealthy, political leaders that lacked the trust of the public, and rampant xenophobia. Similar to the anxieties and frustrations of the 6th century, we are living in a time where societies need to stress community over competition, consensus over conflict, simplicity over self gain, and silence over the constant chatter and distractions of our lives.

In How to Live, Judith Valente explores the key elements of the rule and clearly demonstrates how incorporating this ancient wisdom can change the quality and texture of our lives offering a way forward from the divisions gripping our country. These fresh and profound explorations are inspiring and thoughtful, and will motivate readers to live a meaningful life."
A Message From Judy:

Dear friends,

So many of you have asked when my new book will be coming out. "How To Live: What The Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning and Community" is finally here! I'm excited and honored that Barnes & Noble Bloomington has asked me to do a short reading there Sunday May 6 at 1:30 p.m.

It would be great if you could come out May 6. You don't have to buy the book! Just coming out to support me would mean a lot. Details of the reading are in the flyer below.

Thanks so much, and hope to see you.

Judy