Joan Chittister Book Club Discussion

An opportunity to read, reflect on, and discuss one of Joan Chittister’s books with other spiritual companions. Three times a year a new Joan Chittister book will be featured with reviews, impact stories from readers, videos on the books from Sister Joan, excerpts and inspiring quotes from the book. You are encouraged to join a two-week online discussion of the book that will be part of this ongoing feature.

Wisdom Distilled from the Daily

Wisdom Distilled from the Daily by Joan Chittister

by Joan Chittister

Joan Chittister shows that The Rule of Benedict is designed for ordinary people who live ordinary lives. Written to provide a model of spiritual development for the average person who intends to live life beyond the superficial or the uncaring.

Wise and enduring spiritual guidelines for everyday living –– as relevant today as when The Rule was originally conceived by St. Benedict in fifth century Rome.

“An invitation to spirituality for the many who don’t think they are ‘spiritual’ – but far more than an invitation, a lengthy, wisdom-filled conversation.” – Eugene H. Peterson, author of Answering God

“Anyone who thinks that monasticism means turning away from the world needs this book. For the wisdom in Benedict’s Rule is translated here into a concern for our world and the way things like prayer and wholeness and leisure and obedience and peace can inform us.” – Robert McAfee Brown, Professor Emeritus of Theology and Ethics, Pacific School of Religion

“Makes me want to be a Benedictine.” – Richard Rohr, O.F.M., director of the Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Content referencing Wisdom Distilled from the Daily is listed here.

Category Titlesort descending Brief Description of Content
Discussion Questions Chapter 10: Hospitality

Hospitality: The Unboundaried Heart

Discussion Questions Chapter 11 & 12: Obedience and Stability

Obedience: Holy Responsibility

Discussion Questions Chapter 13 & 14: Monastic Practices and Peace

Monastic Practices: The Way of Conversion

Discussion Questions Chapter 15: The Monastic Vision

The Monastic Vision: Gift for a Needy World

Discussion Questions Chapter 1: A Book of Wisdom

A Book of Wisdom

Discussion Questions Chapter 2: Listening

Listening: The Key to Spiritual Growth

Discussion Questions Chapter 3: Prayer and Lectio

Prayer and Lectio: The Center and Centrifuge of Life

Discussion Questions Chapter 4: Community

Community: The Basis of Human Relationships

Discussion Questions Chapter 5: Humility

Humility: The Lost Virtue

Discussion Questions Chapter 6: Monastic Mindfulness

Monastic Mindfulness: A Blend of Harmony, Wholeness, Balance

Discussion Questions Chapter 7: Work

Work: Participation in Creation

Discussion Questions Chapter 8: Holy Leisure

Holy Leisure: The Key to a Good Life

Discussion Questions Chapter 9: Giftedness

Giftedness: Making Music Together

Impact Judith Valente

PODCAST: Judith Valente on how this book impacted her.

Discussion Questions Living the Rule of Benedict Today

The Rule: A Book of Wisdom

Review Review by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Directors of Spirituality and Practice

Impact Susan Doubet, OSB

PODCAST: Sister Susan Doubet on how this book impacted her.