Books

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The books below were written by our Patrician monks on a variety of topics. For more information about any of our books, click on the links below.

The Common Life of the Order of St. Patrick

The Order of St. Patrick (OSP) was originally founded in 1979 in Northeastern Kansas as the Order of St. John by The Right Rev. Dr. Randy L. Scraper. In 2015, the name and focus were changed in Oklahoma by Abbott Scraper, and his son, The Right Rev. Dr. Matthew B. Scraper, both ordained Elders in the United Methodist Church. The Scrapers founded the Order as an ecumenical fellowship for Christian clergy and lay contemplatives, who wish to dedicate themselves to a secularly cloistered monastic life. Members of the Order commit themselves to a life of contemplation, and service, and to the teaching of Christian spiritual formation as directed by the Rule for Life of the Order. The Book of Common Life of The Order of St. Patrick serves as the guide for all processes and liturgies within the Order of St. Patrick.

The Mystic Way of Salvation
By Abbot Matthew B. Scraper

The experience of growing in a relationship with God is very much like the experience of growing in any relationship. Over the centuries, many Saints have traveled this road, and more than a few have written of their experiences in the hope that doing so will help other Christians to better understand what they are experiencing as they come to know God more intimately. This work will take a look at the seasons of spiritual growth, and how those seasons are reflected in the order of salvation, offering an entrance into a dialogue that isn’t adequately engaged in the formation processes of clergy in most Christian denominations.

Franklian Psychology & Christian Spiritual Formation
By Abbot Emeritus Randy L. Scraper

This book summarizes the work of Dr. Viktor Frankl and applies Logotherapy and Logo philosophy to the Christian spiritual formation methodology known as “the three ways.” The result is the establishment of a “meaning matrix” that helps anyone better understand the significant points of transition in the Christian spiritual life.

No Greater Inheritance: The Last Will and Testament of Jesus Christ
By Br. Steven B. Angus

It is a precious gift to consider that Jesus had indeed said, “I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you” (14:2). The treasures he offers to us are not only to be acknowledged at the occasion of death or even at a funeral service. The inheritance is intended for us today. What is contained in these chapters reaches beyond the hope of a future eternity. We shall discover that Jesus by his death and resurrection has bequeathed to us many other gifts intended for our enjoyment now. The message of the Last Will and Testament of Jesus Christ is very clear: Whoever receives the son receives it all. And there is NO GREATER INHERITANCE!

SURPRISE!: Guess Who Is In God’s Family Tree
By Br. Steven B. Angus

One might presume that the women in Jesus the Messiah’s genealogy, would include only the finest Jewish women, but they weren’t. Instead the five women were mostly poor, mostly misfits, widows, unimportant, unknown, sinful women by society’s standards. Most weren’t even Jewish at all. With the exception of Ruth and Mary, they had tarnished sexual histories although to some even their background would have been called into question. They were everyday women, living ordinary lives who were tarnished by sin—just like us! But to God they were beautiful because God created them. They were precious to God and because of their inclusion in God’s Family Tree, God extends to us hope. Jesus came from a long line of broken people who foreshadow the kind of people he came to save.

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