Here are some resources men­tioned in The Well-Ordered Way: Find­ing Free­dom in a Rule of Life web­cast con­ver­sa­tion between Stephen Mac­chia, Jonathan Bai­ley, and Car­olyn Arends.


  • For even more wis­dom on this top­ic, you may wish to vis­it (or revis­it) our 2021 Webi­nar, Find­ing your Rhythm: Craft­ing a Rule of Life (with Ken Shige­mat­su and Jean Nevills)

  • One of this webinar’s pan­elists, Steve Mac­chia, is releas­ing a new book enti­tled The Dis­cern­ing Life: An Invi­ta­tion to Notice God in Every­thing. Any­one who pre-orders the book can par­tic­i­pate in a free Read­ing Retreat” — learn more here.

  • You can learn more about the Ren­o­varé Insti­tute for Chris­t­ian Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion here. (The dead­line for the 2022 – 24 cohort is Feb­ru­ary 1st, 2022, at which point we will begin open­ing appli­ca­tions for the 2023 – 25 cohort.)

  • The next book in the Ren­o­varé Book Club is A Burn­ing in My Bones: The Autho­rized Biog­ra­phy of Eugene Peter­son. We hope you can join us!


Count­down Song

Resources Rec­om­mend­ed by Stephen Macchia

  1. Spir­i­tu­al Life — Rela­tion­ship with God

  2. Phys­i­cal Well-Being — The Body as a Tem­ple of the Holy Spirit

  3. Call­ing — the Mis­sion­al Work of the Holy Spirit

  4. Finances — how do I stew­ard my treasure?

  5. Rela­tion­ships with others

  • Romans 12:1 – 2 — The Mes­sage: Place Your Life Before God
    • So here’s what I want you to do, God help­ing you: Take your every­day, ordi­nary life — your sleep­ing, eat­ing, going-to-work, and walk­ing-around life — and place it before God as an offer­ing. Embrac­ing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjust­ed to your cul­ture that you fit into it with­out even think­ing. Instead, fix your atten­tion on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Read­i­ly rec­og­nize what he wants from you, and quick­ly respond to it. Unlike the cul­ture around you, always drag­ging you down to its lev­el of imma­tu­ri­ty, God brings the best out of you, devel­ops well-formed matu­ri­ty in you.

  • Clos­ing Prayer: Psalm 16

Resources rec­om­mend­ed by Jonathan Bailey

Resources rec­om­mend­ed by Car­olyn Arends

Oth­er Resources Men­tioned in the Webi­nar and Chat:

  • The Artist’s Rule by Chris­tine Val­ters Paint­ner. She is a Bene­dic­tine Oblate and author of sev­er­al books. Her book is a 12-week jour­ney intro­duc­ing you to Bene­dic­tine thought and cre­at­ing a per­son­al rule as an artist.

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