In his early twenties, Peter Robertson left his job as a radio station reporter and was included in a remote monastic community at Our Lady of the Southern Star Abbey. In his book The Abbot's Shoes, Robertson candidly shares his journey from independent city boy to contemplative apprentice, and reflects upon a life of "prayer that was work, and work that was prayer."
In sharing his "days [which] were then framed by the prayers of the Liturgy of the Hours and clothed with farm labour," Robertson describes the quiet joy of such a life. Alongside this, however, he also shares some of the challenges of living in community with days full of prayer. Though he humorously recalls his attempts at holiness, his description of prayer as "ultimate political activism" in a broken world is key.
This beautifully written book is partly for those who wonder if they are called to a life of prayer, but within its pages is also such encouragement for all who hope to know God a little more - this is a resource for all.