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Winner of a 2019 Illumination Book Award for Spirituality!
Discover what God has written onto your heart. What do you want for your life? Who do you want to be in your life, and how do you want to live? We humans need reminders, and when it comes to making a consistent effort to be better people, it’s important to have constant reminders. A “Rule of Life” is an ancient method for building soul memory, and offering reminders to ourselves of the person we hope to be—it is a practice of training your mind and soul to be kind and good.
Creating your own rule of life is grace that only you can offer to yourself, helping remind you to live the life you desire, and the life God wishes for you. Join author and Episcopal priest Charles LaFond as he guides you through the wisdom, creation, and application of your own Rule of Life.
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With little knowledge of the monastic life, I had never heard of the Rule of Life. But I started to cry reading the first few pages of LaFond’s book because it felt like it was written for me. As a confirmed workaholic and desperate to find some balance in my life, I now believe if I follow the book’s spiritual prescription, I may finally be saved and learn to enjoy the rest of my life in a more fulfilling way. -Sean Tracey, Director of The Jesus Guy documentary
As a remedy to the over-committed, harried, and largely unconscious life, Charles LaFond offers this beautiful book. Blending ancient monastic wisdom with the unique needs of our time, he helps guide us in gaining true freedom in our lives. If you have ever felt adrift in your life, ever felt the anxiety of not knowing how your deep values might best come to expression in your daily living, you must read this book! -James H. Reho, Author of Tantric Jesus: The Erotic Heart of Early Christianity
As America's religious landscape changes rapidly, Charles LaFond offers us a compelling invitation to unbundle one of Christianity's great gifts and write our own Rule of Life. With humor, vulnerability, and rigor, LaFond illustrates how we can coach ourselves into better habits and mindsets following the ancient monastic practice. Inspiring and practical!-Casper ter Kuile, Ministry Innovation Fellow, Harvard Divinity School
This book is amazing! It's a life changing gift. It's an organization binder for all that is important. It's an instruction manual on how to ask God to journey with you as you discern your life's path. It's a peacegiving journal and a prayerful reminder to stay on track. It's a dream for anyone looking to connect more deeply with God. Thank you, thank you!-Melinda Weber, Episcopal Parish Lay-leader managing membership growth
This is more than a book: This is a toolbox for spiritual transformation. It awakens new possibilities for individual disciples, and for the church as a whole.-The Rev. Nurya Love Parish Co-founder and Executive Director of Plainsong FarmMinistry & Priest-in-charge, Holy Spirit Episcopal Church
LaFond effortlessly transitions between anecdote and teaching, history and reflection. By opening himself to us in Note to Self, he allows us all to learn from his monastic experiences and beyond. This thorough but gentle guide to writing our own Rule of Life is useful to everyone: Christians, Jews, atheists. Everyone. I'm excited to get started.-Saul Aryeh Kohn, Astrophysicist
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