Author: James Bishop
James Bishop served a ten year prison sentence in the States for violent crime.
Early in his incarceration he was introduced to the sixth century Rule of St Benedict and Christian meditation in the modern John Main tradition. Fidelity to both changed the direction of his life: it was 'like being healed from a deep wound or illness.' A free man now, and an Oblate of the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) he writes a chapter by chapter commentary on the Benedictine Rule explaining the monastic terminology clearly for lay readers, and reflecting on how the teaching renewed his life. He subtitles his commentary 'For the Physically and Spiritually imprisoned' for he is aware that imprisonment takes many forms. ' Listen,' promises the Rule ' and I will show you the way of life'. This joyful, compassionate, streetwise commentary with its graphic insights into Bishop's personal history and prison experience does exactly this.Read more: A Way in the Wilderness