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
GenreReligion, Christianity, Catholic

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.
  • 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...
  • Rich
    Good practical book on living the Benedict Option and intentional Christian community. Great practical ideas I will use.
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • Christy
    A well written and resonate book on the topic of creating real community in the here and now.
  • 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.