Building the Benedict Option by Leah Libresco

Building the Benedict Option

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, young, urban professionals like herself--and created enriching or supportive e...

Details Building the Benedict Option

TitleBuilding the Benedict Option
Release DateAug 7th, 2018
PublisherIgnatius Press
GenreNonfiction, Christianity, Catholic, Religion, Spirituality

Reviews Building the Benedict Option

  • Catherine
    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 how thoughtful and brilliant it is—but rather to highlight just how good Leah is at saying old things (let us gather, let us pray) in new ways (okay but here's how ...
  • Jeff Miller
    Full review coming.
  • Mattathias
    A tremendously helpful book. Finished my first read through, catching the general vision of Leah's counsel. I am beginning a second read through to consider specific actions I want to take to foster stronger relationships in my own community and to rejoice in God's love. 19 Aug 2018 MWSecond read through complete- even more impressed. I hope all my Latter-day Saint friends read this book- its insights are incredibly helpful for anyone who is seek...
  • Sherri
    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 intentional about offering our home as a place for community to be rooted, so I appreciated Libresco's practical wisdom, both in dealing with others-- there's always th...
  • Jill
    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 the 6th century. Still, I do have some ideas and also either confirmation that the problems I’ve experienced with past groups were not uncommon as well as ideas f...
  • Rich
    Good practical book on living the Benedict Option and intentional Christian community. Great practical ideas I will use.
  • Michael
    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 *principles and questions* upon which she has coalesced little local communities to empower the reader to design his own intimate, faithful community.
  • Kathryn
    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 with smart words in lucid language Libresco makes the case that the concept is better understood as not a call to withdraw out of our physical communities but to go ...
  • Laura
    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 understand that building community can be as simple as inviting everyone over for stew and a five hour Shakespeare marathon (if that be your poison). This book argues that w...
  • David
    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 would be well advised to implement. Many Protestant churches already utilize the concept of small groups and Leah's book outlines good ways for catholic parishes t...
  • Michelle
    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 her home to regular “events.” These were not a replacement of Mass/sacraments/church teaching but a complement - to strengthen each other in the same way the very ...
  • E.H. Holguin
    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.
  • Donald
    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.
  • Rick Shafer
    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.
  • Christy
    A well written and resonate book on the topic of creating real community in the here and now.
  • Liz
    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.
  • Betsy
    I’m as introverted as Leah Libresco is extroverted so her experiences of building the Benedict option just did not resonate with me. It's not that her ideas weren't good or that people won't find her book helpful; I know the last thing I'm going to do is invite a house full of people over for Friday night dinner. On the other hand, I would enjoy going to her home to pray Evening Prayer as long as I could slip out the back door after the Amen.