Christianity Today has a decent, short article on new monasticism here, called, “Monastic Evangelicals.” Far better though is a blog post by Mark Van Steenwyk of Missio Dei called, “What is the New Monasticism?” One of my favourite parts:
For some reason, human beings tend to use words to limit, rather than to inspire. When someone utters the words “new monasticism,” folks immediately attempt to define what the movement is…to understand it in its totality. This is unfortunate, because the word “new” was placed in front of “monasticism” to inspire–to invite someone into reimagination.
I’m also excited about getting my hands on these two new books on new monasticism: New Monasticism: What It Has To Say To Today’s Church by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, and Inhabiting the Church: Biblical Wisdom for a New Monasticism co-authored by Jon Stock, Tim Otto and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. Good resources all.