At a dinner in Philadelphia on April 7, Rod Dreher accepted ISI’s 2018 Paolucci Book Award for The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation. The award recognizes the year’s best book that advances conservative principles.
Praise for The Benedict Option:
“The most discussed and most important religious book of the decade.”
—David Brooks, New York Times
“A searing indictment of modernity, American culture, and Christendom . . . A fearless book [that] deals with almost every area of life—politics and education, church and community, technology and sexual relations.”
“A terrific book: provocative in its content, shrewd in its insights, vivid and engaging in its style.”
—Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
“Dreher’s deeper, ‘how to build a counterculture’ argument . . . matters in the polarized, fragmenting America. . . . We have a severe problem of rootlessness, hyper-individualism and anomie.”
—Ross Douthat, New York Times
A distinguished panel of judges chose this widely discussed, bestselling book from among four impressive finalists.
About the Paolucci Award winner: ROD DREHER is a senior editor at The American Conservative and the author of Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Little Way of Ruthie Leming. He has written and edited for the New York Post, the Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Dreher’s commentary has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Louisiana with his wife and their three children.