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The Story of Monasticism
Retrieving an Ancient Tradition for Contemporary Spirituality
by Greg Peters
Publisher:Baker Academic imprint of Baker Publishing from SPCK
This is a fantastic detailed look at the Monastic tradition from a protestant perspective and theologian, and it is really insightful and indeed quite unusual for this reason.
It covers monasticism as a whole but what you do not often get in other books on the subject is that he looks at Luther, Calvin and reformation positions on monasticism beyond their seeming want to destroy them, this book goes so much deeper than that and highlights instead how and why the reformers took exceptions to the monastic traditions vows especially, but he then goes forwards to how within protestantism a new development of Monasticism arose and is still arising, and herein lies key fresh insights of a movement that is ongoing and needed still.
A wonderful addition to the books on Monasticism and its history.
Reviewer: Melanie Carroll (16/04/16)