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"Provides not only a wonderful introduction to a fascinating world (the opening chapter alone is worth the price of the book), but an invitation to seek our own 'word' from the abbas and ammas of Christian antiquity.... Offers one of the best guidebooks I’ve seen for those who’ve been called to the contemplative life."
—Paula Huston, author, The Holy Way and Simplifying the Soul
“Offers the reader a good drink from the clear stream of desert wisdom. She honors the tradition while making it entirely relevant to our times.”
—Mary C. Earle, writer and Episcopal priest; author, The Desert Mothers: Spiritual Practices from the Women of the Wilderness and Celtic Christian Spirituality: Essential Writings—Annotated and Explained
“A splendid introduction to one of the most essential periods of the Western contemplative tradition.... Offers insight into the austere and wondrous spirituality of the desert ... and why their pithy teachings remain so essential for the study and practice of Christian spirituality today. [The] commentary makes the wisdom of the desert come alive.”
—Carl McColman, author, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism and Answering the Contemplative Call