In Brief: A New Silence: Spiritual Practices and Formation for the Monk Within
Reviewed by John Bond
April 1, 2022
By Beverly Lanzetta. Blue Sapphire Books, 2020. 414 pages. $19/paperback; $9.99/eBook.
A New Silence focuses on the inner transformation and spiritual practices that guide us to live for the Holy and for the good of Creation. It is a practical companion for anyone seeking to be a monastic or contemplative presence in the world. Offered for explorers on the edge—for those who are between religions, those who have abandoned faith but yet seek, those who are interspiritual, or those who are rooted in their faith tradition and are going deeper—this book is both path and accompaniment for the journey. Included are contemplative practices, journal reflections, meditative exercises, and examples of a daily schedule, personal vow, rule of life, and ceremony of profession that stabilize and affirm a new monastic way of life.