10th Anniversary Edition of St. Benedict’s Toolbox

Toolbox CoverNew Edition Now Available

You may have read the original edition of St. Benedict’s Toolbox.  The new revised and expanded edition has an additional 100 pages and is a slightly larger size to bring you more wisdom from St. Benedict.

Here are some of the new features:

  • Historical background to the Rule, covering the Desert Mothers and Fathers, Evagrius, and John Cassian.
  • New content in each chapter.
  • New tools in each chapter.
  • A special Benedictine practice for each chapter to help you begin to use the teaching of Benedict that’s presented in that chapter as you read.
  • Summaries at the end of each chapter
  • A new chapter entitled “Community, Relationships and Being a Benedictine Presence.”
  • A new guide for reading the Toolbox in a group setting.  I found this an exciting section to write because nine groups who read the book input to its creation.  There’s also a section giving tips on facilitation.
  • An expanded “Suggested Reading” list and Bibliography.
  • An opening section offering words of encouragement about the value of Benedictine living from six people who follow the Rule of St. Benedict.

Want to see a bit of the book?  Read the first chapter.

Ways to Order the 10th Anniversary Edition of St. Benedict’s Toolbox

–   Call Cokesbury 800.672.1789 or order online at Cokesbury.com.

–   Order from Amazon.com by clicking here.

Published July 2015 by Morehouse Publishing, a subsidiary of Church Publishing Incorporated. ISBN:  9780819231987     $24.00 list price.  Paperback6 x 9.   304 pages.

Also available in electronic form.


A Testimonial from the Back Cover

Any Christian hungry for deeper spiritual formation will find in St. Benedict’s Toolbox an authentic guide for how to live out the spirit of St. Benedict’s Rule for Monks. Filled with wise advice from a variety of monastic and other writers, the book is presented in an orderly and easily accessible format.  Jane Tomaine’s approach, her sympathetic assessment of the human condition, and her appreciation of the role of community in spiritual growth all reflect faithfully the spirit of St. Benedict’s Rule.

— Albert Holtz, OSB, Newark Abbey, author Pilgrim Road and Downtown Monks


If You Are Not Familiar With St. Benedict’s Rule…

In the sixth century, when the Roman Empire was breaking apart and politics, cultural life, and even the Church were in disarray — tumultuous times not unlike our own — Benedict of Nursia designed what he termed “a little rule” that showed his monks the way to peace as they learned to prefer Christ above all things. The Rule of Benedict offers timeless and practical tools for living this Christ-centered life today.

St. Benedict’s Toolbox provides a primer on how to use these tools in your own life. Each chapter examines one aspect of the Rule, from ways of praying to ways of being in relationships and community, and offers tools for reflection, prayer, journaling, and action.  You will discover the power and timeliness of this ancient way of life.

I hope that you order the

Tenth Anniversary Edition of St. Benedict’s Toolbox

and find the book helpful and enriching!

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