The Weekly Hit List: September 12, 2014

Dangerous Passions, Deadly Sins by Dennis Okholm was reviewed by Leadership ConneXtions.

“In his extraordinarily insightful book . . . Dennis Okholm has done a great service, especially for those called to roles of ministry and leadership. Okholm, who is a Benedictine oblate, a pastor at Holy Trinity Anglican Church and a seminary professor takes us deep into the spiritual psychology of several great monastics. 

“Evagrius, Cassian, Gregory the Great and Thomas Aquinas are the important authors and developers of the Seven Deadly Sins. Okholm is intimately familiar with their writing, their theology, their spirituality and their contexts. . . .

For every deadly sin, Okholm provides the best practical remedies from the monastic tradition. He makes possible a greater self-awareness about these passions and sins.”

Read the entire review here.

 

Quick Hits:

Craig Detweiler, author of iGods, was interviewed by C. J. Stunkard.

Colossians (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible) by Christopher Seitz was recommended by Chris Woznicki.

Monk Habits for Everyday People by Dennis Okholm was reviewed by Michele Morin.

The Weekly Hit List: January 24, 2014

Hearts & Minds Books named On God’s Side by Jim Wallis the “Best Book for the Common Good” of 2013.

“I think this one is a splendid example of a third voice between the so called religious right and secular left.

“Here he has given us his best book in years, and an important set of considerations for citizens who have long worked for the common good, and a great starter book for anyone beginning to read for the first time about evangelical faith and public life.

“I really love much about this, and very sincerely want to honor it.”

Read the rest here.

 

 

 

Quick Hits:

Living into Focus by Arthur Boers was reviewed by Joshua Reich.

CRC News and Views wrote about Kevin Schut, author of Of Games and God, in “Seeking God in Video Games.”

Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung, author of Glittering Vices, wrote New Life in the Desert: Monastic Wisdom for Public Life” for Comment magazine.

 

Ebook Specials:

Monk Habits for Everyday People: Benedictine Spirituality for Protestants by Dennis Okholm is only $2.99 (81% off) from participating retailers through January 25.

 

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Now through January 25, the ebook of Monk Habits for Everyday People: Benedictine Spirituality for Protestants by Dennis Okholm is only $2.99 (81% off) from the following participating retailers:

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“Readers might not think that poverty, chastity and obedience would be attractive to the common Protestant, but Okholm . . . will make them think twice. Although he is a Presbyterian, Okholm is comfortable with Catholicism and realistic about the benefits and burdens of both denominations. He finds in Benedictine monasticism a helpful path to holiness, and he avoids idealizing or romanticizing the monastic life. This is why his work succeeds as a guide for the common Christian. Okholm is wise to point out that St. Benedict’s Rule, the text upon which his vision of monastic life is built, is both challenging and down-to-earth. The author invites readers to integrate some monastic practices into their daily lives and stresses that this does not involve cloistering themselves–these practices are both ordinary and sacred. He also provides an excellent example for Catholics and Protestants alike to dig deeply into the Christian tradition and find how both can spiritually benefit from the other. . . . This is a fascinating and, considering its brevity, surprisingly detailed overview that readers should not pass up.”
Publishers Weekly

“The practices of Benedictine monasticism have several times brought revitalization and spiritual focus back to the worldwide church at large. In this informative and irenic book, Dennis Okholm explains how the ‘rule’ of Benedict did the same for him personally as an evangelical professor and Presbyterian minister. The book’s winsome portrait of the Benedictines–and, through their monastic practices, of Christ–makes for a spiritual feast. The historically minded will also benefit from Okholm’s careful discussion of why more Protestants should pay greater heed to the Benedictine life.”
Mark A. Noll, coauthor of Is the Reformation Over? An Evangelical Assessment of Contemporary Catholicism

When Dennis Okholm began exploring the roots of contemporary Benedictine monasticism, he quickly found that St. Benedict has as much to offer Protestants as he does Roman Catholics. In Monk Habits for Everyday People, Okholma professor who was raised as a Pentecostal and a Baptist–uses his profound experience with Benedictine spirituality to show how it can enrich the lives and prayer practices of Protestants.

Okholm unpacks the Rule of St. Benedicta practical guide for living the Christian faith and cultivating Christian virtueby reflecting on aspects of spirituality such as listening, poverty, obedience, humility, hospitality, stability, and balance. His insights are invaluable to contemporary Christians, who, Okholm observes, have become consumers of religion rather than cultivators of a spiritual life. Readers will emerge not only with the desire to use the habits of monks to enhance their discipleship but also with the tools to start them on the journey.

Candid and engaging, Monk Habits for Everyday People is a valuable guide for Protestants seeking an accessible introduction to this classical resource for spiritual growth.

The Weekly Hit List: August 9, 2013

Monk Habits for Everyday People by Dennis Okholm was reviewed by Adam Shields for Bookwi.se.

“One of my favorite classes at Wheaton College was Systematic Theology with Dennis Okholm.  I think I learned more about theology in that class than I did in all of my theology classes in Divinity School combined. . . . 

Monk Habits for Everyday People is a very readable and interesting look at how Protestants (and more particularly Evangelicals) that are often most interesting in evangelism and salvation can learn from Benedictines about how to live as Christians.”

Read the rest of the review here.

 

 

Quick Hits:

The Bible Made Impossible by Christian Smith was reviewed by Michael Cooper for For Christ and Culture.

A Life Observed by Devin Brown was referenced on the C. S. Lewis Blog.

 

Ebook Specials:

Glittering Vices: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins and Their Remedies by Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung is only $3.99 (76% off) through August 12.

Ebook special for Monk Habits for Everyday People by Dennis Okholm

Now through July 27, the ebook for Monk Habits for Everyday People: Benedictine Spirituality for Protestants by Dennis Okholm is only $3.99—75% off!

More information and a list of participating retailers is available here.

 

“As a knowledgeable pastor and theologian, Dennis Okholm . . . offers a fresh perspective on what attracts Protestants to monasteries. . . . This memoir, gentle in tone and often humorous, is nonetheless full of challenges to Protestant comfort zones.”
—Kathleen Norris, author of The Cloister Walk (from the foreword)

When Dennis Okholm began exploring the roots of contemporary Benedictine monasticism, he quickly found that St. Benedict has as much to offer Protestants as he does Roman Catholics. In Monk Habits for Everyday People, Okholm—a professor who was raised as a Pentecostal and a Baptist—uses his profound experience with Benedictine spirituality to show how it can enrich the lives and prayer practices of Protestants.

Okholm unpacks the Rule of St. Benedict—a practical guide for living the Christian faith and cultivating Christian virtue—by reflecting on aspects of spirituality such as listening, poverty, obedience, humility, hospitality, stability, and balance. His insights are invaluable to contemporary Christians, who, Okholm observes, have become consumers of religion rather than cultivators of a spiritual life. Readers will emerge not only with the desire to use the habits of monks to enhance their discipleship but also with the tools to start them on the journey.

Candid and engaging, Monk Habits for Everyday People is a valuable guide for Protestants seeking an accessible introduction to this classical resource for spiritual growth.

Dennis L. Okholm (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is professor of theology at Azusa Pacific University and coauthor of A Family of Faith: An Introduction to Evangelical Christianity.