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

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, you Building the Benedict Option is a combination spiritual memoir and practical handbook for Christians who want to buil...

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Title:Building the Benedict Option: A Guide to Gathering Two or Three Together in His Name
Author:Leah Libresco
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Genres:Christianity
ISBN:Building the Benedict Option: A Guide to Gathering Two or Three Together in His Name
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:170 pages pages

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

  • Sherri
    Aug 25, 2018
    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 welcome companion volume. I love practicing hospitality, and my husband and I have been ...
  • Donald
    Oct 31, 2018
    This book is very clear and occasionally helpful, but I'm really not the right reader for it. I lack too many of Libresco's cultural touchstones and religious commitments. But I would buy this in a heartbeat for a 20- or 30-something nerdy Catholic without children living in a big city...
  • Sharon
    Feb 07, 2019
    A solid book that goes hand-in-hand with The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation. ...
  • J
    Feb 05, 2019
    NOTE: This book is based off "The Benedict Option" by Rod Dreher, which I have not read. I don't think you have to read that book to appreciate this one. I found this book very relatable and balanced, not about retreating from the world, as come critics claim of Dreher's book. 4.5 s...
  • James Perkins
    Dec 04, 2018
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  • Jeff Miller
    Sep 16, 2018
    Full review coming. ...
  • Danielle
    Nov 26, 2018
    Some interesting ideas here. Would be good for a study group. ...
  • Dawn
    Mar 20, 2019
    This book had some good ideas for building Christian community but it seemed like it was geared towards extroverts without small children. As an introvert with a small child I found it difficult to find the suggestions (many of which involved hosting large social gatherings) applicable...
  • Catherine
    May 15, 2018
    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 those challenges. To say that this book's wisdom seems obvious isn't to take away from ho...
  • Laura
    Aug 12, 2018
    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 new city, but that's precisely why the world needs more Leah Librescos, who understan...
  • Madeline
    Apr 09, 2019
    Though I'm not convinced that Christians need a specific "Benedict Option," Libresco's book is great for anyone who wants to cultivate more community and fellowship in their lives. Opening our homes and lives to each other in many contexts will help us overcome the loneliness and isola...
  • Jill
    Oct 16, 2018
    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 the faith through the moral darkness we are currently enduring, as St. Benedict did in ...
  • Michael
    Oct 26, 2018
    A full book of Leah doing what Leah does best: bringing the deeply meaningful to the practical level, and teaching how to make practical suggestions deeply meaningful. And she doesn't just give logistical suggestions; she knows that she's somewhat idiosyncratic, so she illuminates the ...
  • Christy
    Sep 17, 2018
    A well written and resonate book on the topic of creating real community in the here and now. ...
  • Charles
    Dec 14, 2018
    Creating a social movement is hard. Creating a social movement of conservatives is even harder, since for the most part progressives derive much of life?s meaning from social action, while conservatives just want to live their lives. For three years now, Rod Dreher has rung the alarm...
  • Rich
    Aug 18, 2018
    Good practical book on living the Benedict Option and intentional Christian community. Great practical ideas I will use. ...
  • E.H.  Holguin
    Oct 16, 2018
    Going into this book, I was very skeptical of the Benedict Option. Leah Libresco did a great job of helping me realize that I was misunderstanding what the Benedict Option is, and how I can better incorporate the charism of hospitality into my life. ...
  • Moriah Speciale
    Sep 06, 2018
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  • David
    Aug 18, 2018
    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 with each other. The author outlines lots of good community building ideas that parishes...
  • ellen
    Apr 07, 2019
    May be helpful for those who are already attracted to the idea of hosting medium to large size gatherings, but it is unconvincing for the reader not already inclined to do so. Libresco touches on quite a few topics with efficiency, but not deeply. She is obviously well-researched but i...
  • Michelle
    Sep 18, 2018
    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 create a Christian community rooted in fellowship, evangelization and prayer by opening...
  • K Aust
    Mar 19, 2019
    This... was not about the Benedict Option..? Libresco is obviously very smart (she makes sure you know it), but I don?t see how suggestions for throwing pretentious intellectual parties has anything to do with the BenOp. In fact, she continually mentions non-Catholics (people who are...
  • Rick Shafer
    Nov 08, 2018
    A really helpful book for seeing church as community. I am not Roman Catholic, so there was some sifting of principles for me but I'm very glad I found this book and I have passed it to others. ...
  • Natalie Votipka
    Mar 25, 2019
    A BenOp book with nary a ?head for the hills? vibe. It?s much less about escaping than it is about the value (and how-tos) of Christians being meaningfully present to one another on a day to day basis. The author is a young professional but I found her suggestions quite relev...
  • Stephen
    Feb 02, 2019
    I really enjoyed this book as a companion to Rod Dreher's The Benedict Option. If the Benedict Option is the treatise on the what, this is a book on the how. Leah's style is easy to read and follow and she offers plenty of personal examples to illustrate her "Little Way" of the Benedic...
  • Kathryn
    Oct 25, 2018
    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 and practical tips for making the Benedict Option within reach. Citing smart authors...
  • Liz
    Oct 22, 2018
    We are preparing to begin a small group / dinner group in our home soon, hoping to live out Acts 2:42 and build community. This book is excellent heart and practical preparation. ...
  • Shannon Gormley
    Jan 02, 2019
    I readily enjoyed this book. While people are attacking the concept of the Benedict Option, I feel like this book sidesteps that drama and plunges you into the trials and triumphs of actually creating Catholic community. I have spent the majority of my life in parish ministry trying to...
  • Rebecca Vanecek Gerhard
    Feb 13, 2019
    This book does expand on the ideas of the Benedict Option, but mostly for young adults or those just starting family. I would love to see a revised edition in 10 years with ideas that would include lots of children. ...
  • Trisha Hones
    Jan 13, 2019
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