CAPTION: Bishop Robert hosted the launch of Richard Frost's new book, 'Life with St Benedict'.

New book shows that ‘The Rule of St Benedict’ is more relevant than ever

Posted: 24th October, 2019

In our modern age of fast paced living, the writings of a monk who lived 1,500 years ago offer the perfect anecdote to the busyness of life. In his new book, Life with St Benedict, Richard Frost uses the Rule of St Benedict as the basis for daily reflections.

Through his new book Richard hopes to help people “relate their faith to ordinary day to day life”. He hopes that readers will see a relationship with God as more than just something that is done on a Sunday, and that by bringing our modern day stresses and struggles to God, we can draw closer to Him and deepen our faith in Him.

Bishop Robert, who hosted the book launch, spent 10 years as a Benedictine Monk and is hugely supportive of the new book.  Speaking at the book launch last night, he said that people today could find the emphasis on listening extremely valuable. “St Benedict talks about prayer as learning to listen to God with the ear of our hearts. And if we could all do that then not only would our own spiritual life find a renewal and a resurgence, but also it would bring new life to the people of God and the church in this diocese.”

The book is split into daily devotionals and can be started at any time of year. For each day there is an extract from the Rule, followed by a short reflection, reading and a prayer.

Copies of the book are available from all Christian bookshops (including Bridge Books, Exeter) or from