Ian Adams is an Anglican priest and founder of mayBe, a new monastic community in Oxford. A popular speaker, he is the creator of Morning Bell, a daily call to prayer sent by e-mail, text, and Twitter.

Adams believes that the monastic path offers contemporary men and women new ways to achieve balance in our lives, to reconnect with our neighbors and members of our communities, to live in harmony with the good earth, and to be at ease with mystery. He sees the Desert Fathers and other monastic sages as jazz musicians who perfected their music through practice before becoming masters of improvisation.

At the heart of this enlightening work is Adams' contention that the monastic way offers "ways to reshape the world for good." With precision and passion, he explores the value of practices of hospitality, commitment, creativity, freedom, devotion, humility, simplicity, rootedness, and crossing boundaries.