Anselm Grün was born in Junkershausen, Franconia, on 14 January 1945 and grew up in Munich.
At the age of 19 he entered the Benedictine Abbey Münsterschwarzach near Würzburg after graduating from high school. There he got to know the art of leading people from the rule of Benedict of Nursia and rediscovered the tradition of the old monk fathers in the 70s, whose importance he sees especially in connection with modern psychology.
From 1977 to 2013, after studying philosophy, theology and business administration, he was the Cellerar (i.e. the economic director) of Münsterschwarzach Abbey, responsible for around 300 employees in over 20 companies.
In numerous courses and lectures he tries to respond to the needs and questions of people. Thus he has become the spiritual advisor and spiritual companion of many managers.
With around 300 currently available works, which have been sold worldwide in a total circulation of over 14 million books, he has reached a large number of readers.