Joan Chittister, well loved writer, lecturer and counselor, is also a member of the Order of St. Benedict so is quite familiar with the Rule of St. Benedict. In her book, The Rule of Benedict, A Spirituality for the 21st Century, Chittister asks the question "What meaning, if any, can this Rule possible have for average people of our own day who grapple daily with a culture awash in the transitory and the tenuous, in superficiality and confusion? Chittister maintains that Rule of Benedict is wisdom literature so gives us much information we use to help us live better and fuller lives. Throughout Rule of Benedict, the author takes one of the rules and then expands on it by giving further explanation about the rule and applying it to situations in daily life today. Small illustrations scattered throughout Rule of Benedict add further interest to the reading, relate to the rule being discussed and present an image for further meditation. Rule of Benedict is about life, what it demands and how to live it.