Tantalus and the Pelican Paperback

Being Monastic in the World

by Nicholas Buxton;

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Tantalus and the Pelican

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This is an informative and engaging book about monasticism, its history, practice, and relevance to contemporary life, combining personal insights with sound scholarship.This book combines a detailed and informative exposition of the Christian monastic tradition with the engaging story of a spiritual journey from despair and alcoholism to faith and redemption, via an ashram in India, Buddhism, academia and reality TV. Beginning with the origins of monasticism in the deserts of Egypt during the 4th century, the book considers some of the essential features of early monastic spirituality, before going on to explore key elements of the Benedictine tradition, drawing out its profoundly counter-cultural message for our times. In the final section, the narrative turns inwards to focus on the more interior aspects of spirituality - such as prayer and silence - concluding with some reflections on the author's own vocation to the priesthood.

Tantalus and the Pelican by Nicholas Buxton was published by Continuum in January 2009. The ISBN for Tantalus and the Pelican is 9781847061119.

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Details for Tantalus and the Pelican

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherContinuum (January 2009)
Number of Pages224
Thickness22 mm
Height216 mm
Width138 mm
Product Code1251721
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