How to be a Monastic and Not Leave Your Day Job, by Brother Benet Tvedten
Tvedten is a monk at a Benedectine monastery in South Dakota, so he knows what it is to be monastic. In this book, he describes the life of an oblate – a “lay monastic,” if you will. An oblate takes vows of spiritual commitment to a particular monastery, but has a regular job and family. Although I am not going to make this particular life choice, the life of balance that monastics exemplify I find attractive. I found the book on the "Monk Rock" website (monkrock.com) ... folks whose motto is "You don't have to be a monk to live like one."
I must say I learned a lot from this little book.