Beverly Lanzetta is a theologian, spiritual teacher, and the author of many groundbreaking books on emerging global spirituality and new monasticism. Dedicated to a vision of theological openness and spiritual nonviolence, her work has won praise for its wisdom, eloquence, and mystical insight and is considered to be a major contribution to what theologian Ursula King called "a feminine mystical way for the 21st century." She is a much-sought-after guide and mentor for the new generation, including the "spiritual but not religious" and new monastics alike, as she brings with her forty years of experience as a guide to answering the universal call to contemplation.
"The Monk Within is a striking reminder that the truly spiritual life is essentially an inward journey toward a deeper and more penetrating sense of the sacred. Written by one of America's most impressive spiritual figures and writers, this book yields something meaningful for persons of virtually every faith tradition. Her rich tapestry of spiritual wisdom and reflections is really a blessing for these times, when we are witnessing an unprecedented crisis of the sacred. An insightful, inspiring, and moving book!"
--Lewis V. Baldwin, Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, Vanderbilt University and author of Never to Leave Us Alone: The Prayer Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Words fail to describe the profound impact of this beautiful book. Beverly Lanzetta's The Monk Within addresses the original essence of monkhood within each person that is longing for inner confirmation of transcendent wisdom. It offers wise guidance to all those who seek to retain the core of silence and solitude that rightly belongs to Mystery alone. Her encyclopedic knowledge of the monastic instinct, as it has been expressed across time and cultures, will encourage, challenge and educate all of today's new monks. There is nothing like it available today."
--Bernadette Flanagan, PBVM, Chair, Spirituality Institute for Research & Education and author of Embracing Solitude: Women and New Monasticism
"Beverly Lanzetta, employing a mystical, feminine mode of discernment, looks behind and beneath the inherited ascetical ideal to illuminate a deeper and more extensive longing for solitude and divine intimacy, an archetypal hunger at the heart of every spiritual quest. Her pursuit is a contemplative awakening that is transcendent yet deeply embodied, sacred yet not confined to any one religion. The end result is an impressive, inspiring synthesis, an indispensable resource for all who wish to explore the expanding horizons of contemporary spirituality. "
--Diarmuid O'Murchu MSC, specialist in Adult Faith Development and author of Religious Life in the 21st Century: The Prospect of Refounding
"This is a book I have been longing for! Beverly Lanzetta has delved deeply into the wisdom of Christianity and other faith traditions and shares here her study and experience of monasticism. But this book is not satisfied in rehearsing traditional monastic practice. It offers a profound synthesis of ancient sapiential theology with contemporary women's contemplative experience. Dualisms of celibacy and sexuality, solitude and relationship, contemplation and world engagement are beautifully broken down. Here is a spiritual vision for women and men who long for the divine and yet live in the world. Here is a "new monasticism" that will inspire a generation of seekers and lovers of God, humanity, and the world."
--Wendy Farley, Professor of Christian Spirituality, San Francisco Theological Seminary and author of Tragic Vision and Divine Compassion: A Contemporary Theodicy