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Crafting a Rule of Life

An Invitation to the Well-Ordered Way

by Steve Macchia

Your per­son­al rule of life is a holis­tic descrip­tion of the Spir­it-empow­ered rhythms and rela­tion­ships that cre­ate, redeem, sus­tain and trans­form the life God invites you to humbly ful­fill for Christ’s glory.

All of us have an unwrit­ten per­son­al rule of life. We wake at cer­tain times, get ready for our days in par­tic­u­lar ways, use our free time for assort­ed pur­pos­es and prac­tice rhythms of work, hob­bies, and wor­ship. There is already a rule in place that you are fol­low­ing. Isn?t it time to give up your unwrit­ten rule and prayer­ful­ly write one that more close­ly match­es the heart­beat of God?

In this prac­ti­cal work­book Stephen A. Mac­chia looks to St. Bene­dict as a guide for dis­cov­er­ing your own rule of life in com­mu­ni­ty. It is a process that takes time and con­cert­ed effort; you must lis­ten to God and dis­cern what he wants you to be and do for his glo­ry. But through the basic dis­ci­plines of Scrip­ture, prayer and reflec­tion in a small group con­text you will be lead for­ward in a jour­ney toward Christlikeness.

The invi­ta­tion is trans­for­ma­tion­al, so brace your­self for sweet release. By let­ting go and trust­ing God, you will receive the gift of life in its fullest and rich­est form.

2012 Intervarsity Press

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