St. Benedict’s Toolbox, Revised Edition

The Nuts and Bolts of Everyday Benedictine Living

Jane Tomaine

Jul/2015, 304 Pages, PAPER, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9780819231987



• Revised and expanded tenth anniversary edition
• Practical, down-to-earth writing style; explains the content of the Rule of St. Benedict and how to use the practices in daily life 
• Contains historical background to the Rule and a new chapter on relationships and community
• Includes guide for group use

In the sixth century, when the Roman Empire was breaking apart and politics, cultural life, and even the Church were in disarray — tumultuous times not unlike our own — Benedict of Nursia designed what he termed “a little rule” that showed his monks the way to peace as they learned to prefer Christ above all things. The Rule of Benedict offers timeless and practical tools for living this Christ-centered life today.

St. Benedict’s Toolbox provides a primer on how to use these tools in readers’ own tumultuous lives. Each chapter examines one aspect of the Rule, from ways of praying to ways of being in relationships and community, and offers tools for reflection, prayer, journaling, and action.

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For members of all Christian denominations interested in the Rule of St. Benedict and/or spiritual development. Prior knowledge of the Rule is not necessary.

Jane Tomaine, DMin, is an Episcopal priest and a recent recipient of a Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University Theological School. She developed St. Benedict's Toolbox as part of a parish-wide, liturgical, and renewal program at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Linvingston, New Jersey, where she is rector. Jane presents workshops, seminars, and retreats in parishes and retreat centers, and teaches courses on Benedict's Rule at the Newark School of Theology. She lives in Mountainside, New Jersey, with her husband John. For further information, ideas, tools, and readings, check the website



Benedict continues to inform Christian life and work; his rule is as fresh and useful for us as it was fifteen hundred years ago. It is not only monks and nuns who benefit from meditating on the Rule — all of us can. Here is an example of such meditation in the truest Benedictine way: practical, realistic, compassionate and confident in the power of the divine love to draw us near.
—Barbara Crafton, author of The Courage to Grow Old and numerous other titles

I welcome this tenth anniversary edition of St Benedict’s Toolbox. It is a wonderful book, one of the best introductions we have in print today to the spirit of St. Benedict. It speaks clearly to Episcopalians of our day about the great spiritual treasure of the Benedictine tradition."
—The Rt. Rev. R. William Franklin, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York, Episcopal Visitor of the Companions of St. Luke

In Jane Tomaine’s tenth anniversary edition of St. Benedict’s Toolbox, it becomes even more evident that Jane is a woman with a Benedictine heart. In this revised edition she broadens and deepens the various aspects of our Benedictine tradition in ways that are practical and meaningful for every reader. This is an exciting and challenging recipe for living our lives out of “love for Christ, good habit, and delight in virtue” (RB 7:69).
—Karen Joseph, OSB, member of Sisters of St. Benedict, Ferdinand, Indiana, and retreat director

Any Christian hungry for deeper spiritual formation will find in St. Benedict’s Toolbox an authentic guide for how to live out the spirit of St. Benedict’s Rule for Monks. Filled with wise advice from a variety of monastic and other writers, the book is presented in an orderly and easily accessible format. Jane Tomaine’s practical approach, her sympathetic assessment of the human condition and her appreciation of the role of community in spiritual growth all reflect faithfully the spirit of St. Benedict’s Rule.
—Albert Holtz, O.S.B., Newark Abbey, author of Pilgrim Road and Downtown Monks

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