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Book Look: Recovering Benedict

Summer, 2020

Recovering Benedict: Twelve-Step Living and the Rule of Benedict, by John Edward Crean, Jr., encourages us to nourish our physical and spiritual lives using the Rule of St. Benedict and the recovery principles of Alcoholics Anonymous.

As the “father of Western monasticism,” Saint Benedict pulled together various strands of monastic spirituality into a single handbook for holiness. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) presented an equally innovative way to address alcoholism based on 12 steps drawn from numerous spiritual sources.

While it took a sixth-century Italian collating various sources to produce a handbook for religious life, it likewise took a twentieth-century American, AA founder Bill Wilson, to pull together the spiritual principles to recover one’s life from alcohol addiction. Author John E. Crean, Jr. brings both traditions together in one handbook for living. Daily meditations are inspired by the down-to-earth wisdom of the Rule of Benedict and by AA’s template for sobriety and humbleness.

A thoughtful daily devotional for all who wish for deeper healing, for personal use, or group study, Recovering Benedict will be available in October 2020 and may be pre-ordered through the Church Publishing website,, or by calling (800) 242-1918.