Judith Valente

  • Author, Journalist, Poet. 
  • TV & Radio Producer.
  • Speaker & Retreat Leader. 
  • Benedictine Lay Associate.
  • Environmentalist.


“This is a timely book for troubled times, showing how the values and practices established by St. Benedict in the 6th century can help us lead happier lives. A self-professed workaholic, the author allows the reader to see how her life has changed for the better since she took this ancient wisdom to heart.” 

—Kathleen Norris, author of The Cloister Walk,
Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, Acedia & Me, and Saving Grace


On Beginning

Is there anyone here who yearns for life and desires to see good days? 


This book is aboout living. Not about surviving, but living a balanced, meaninful and attentive life. It is like a traveler's trunk that contains all the wisdom I wish I had acquired earlier in my life and seek now to pass on. I can't take credit for originating these ideas. They come from the mind of a teacher who lived more that 1.500 years ago. He originally wrote his guide, or, rule, for people living in a monastic community.

Monasteries might seem like an unlikely source of wisdom for those of us living in the age of Instagram. And yet, this slender text has proved indipensable to people throughout the centuries seeking to live a saner, more peaceful life outside the walls of a monastery. For me-- a working journalist, an often over-burdened professional, and a modern,married woman-- it has been a constant companion, never far from my work desk or nightstand.