Tantalus and the Pelican Paperback
Being Monastic in the World
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Tantalus and the Pelican
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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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Tantalus and the PelicanJ.Nicholas Latham, via The Good Book Stall
Nicholas Buxton leads us through his spiritual journey, in which monasticism, in various religions, is a prominent, and defining, feature. Now an Anglican Priest, he writes with humility and honesty. For a 'couple of years' he did 'renounce the world' and 'commit myself wholly to God' ; but he is 'seeking a compromise' that 'cannot result in fulfilment.' (p.166). This striving, nonetheless, will improve and enrich our lives. He was in the 2005 TV series, The Monastery, and later spent a month in the Carthusian monastery at Parkminster, '...the artificial desert of the Charterhouse...' (p. 152).
Within this narrative, he explores and explains aspects of the spiritual and monastic way of life, looking at its early history, and the influence of significant people like Evagrius and Benedict. The ninth, of twelve chapters, on the promises of stability, obedience and conversion, is particularly good.
The book needs to be read through, rather than dipped in to, which excuses the lack of an index. There is no bibliography, but adequate reference notes. His writing complements that of other authors, especially on Benedictine monasticism, who insist that 'There is a monk within us all....' (p. 176) and that ‘there are...many ways in which we can benefit by imitating ...the inspiring example’ of monks and nuns (p. x). Highly recommended.
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Details for Tantalus and the Pelican
|Page last updated||29th July 2014|
|Author / Artist||Nicholas Buxton|
|Publisher||Continuum (January 2009)|
|Number of Pages||224|