The Abbey Up the Hill by Carol Bonomo
A Year in the Life of a Monastic Day-Tripper

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Artist, crafter, diarist, recovering alcoholic, Episcopal, Catholic, spiritual gypsy. These are some of the ways that Carol Bonomo has described herself. Like many of her generation, she had trouble finding a spiritual home. "I'm one of those 'seekers' who doesn't known what she's looking for, and wouldn't recognize an answer to the meaning of life if she tripped on it in the

Her spiritual adventures included the Catholic Church, the Episcopal Church, Alcoholics Anonymous, and her attempt to become a lay associate of the Franciscans. But the Franciscans sent her away. "Run, don't walk, to the abbey up the hill, " they advised her. And so she did, heading to the Benedictine abbey she was pointed to. Much to her surprise, there she found
the home she'd been seeking for so long.

The Abbey Up the Hill is Bonomo's reflection on her first year as a Benedictine oblate -- a lay person vowing to live according to the 6th century Rule of St. Benedict, a monastic guide to living a balanced life with God at the center. Month-by-month, she records her spiritual growth with honesty, humor, and insight. This
is the unforgettable story of a pilgrim's struggles to leave off wandering and finally come home.


About Carol Bonomo

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Carol Bonomo, a lobbyist and speechwriter by day for a state university in southern California, is the author of The Abbey Up the Hill: A Year in the Life of a Monastic Day Tripper and, most recently, Humble Pie: St. Benedict's Ladder of Humility.
Published July 1, 2002 by MOREHOUSE PUBLISHING. 240 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Bonomo's month-by-month journal of a year among Benedictine monks invites comparison with Kathleen Norris's 1996 award-winning bestseller, The Cloister Walk

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Throughout, Bonomo deftly interweaves her personal story—her alcoholism, her father's sudden death, her persistent fear of being an outsider—with cryptic tales from the fourth-century desert fathers and mothers, principles from the 20th-century Twelve Step movement and wisdom from all 73 chapters...

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