Prolific is certainly the term to be applied to the English Benedictine monk, sculptor and author who is responsible for this book. Succeeding his pithy treatises on prayer, penance and Christian sculpture, is the present work dealing with the true meaning and the perfect practice of Benedictine monastic life. ""Neither the history nor the philosophy of monasticism..., the avenue of approach is frankly practical and vocational."" A short work, it is clear, direct and comprehensive in its exposition and defense of monasticism, shrewd and uncompromising in its observations and counsels relating to the typical failings of the monk who is less than whole-souled about his vocation. Much of the material is suitable for a monk's examination of conscience. The book seems particularly intended for monks and those toying with the possibility of becoming such, but any reader who would like to obtain a better understanding of the true meaning of monasticism as it is lived by the individual will find the book very interesting, instructive and profitable to read.