In the Heart of the Desert: Revised Edition: The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers

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Father John's inspiring introduction to the spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers brings their words to life for the modern reader. These key figures of the early church chose lives of hardship and solitude, where they could point their hearts away from the outward world and toward an introspective path of God's calling in a deliberate and individual way. Contains a Foreword by Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, the second highest ranking Orthodox Bishop in England.

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Overview

Father John's inspiring introduction to the spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers brings their words to life for the modern reader. These key figures of the early church chose lives of hardship and solitude, where they could point their hearts away from the outward world and toward an introspective path of God's calling in a deliberate and individual way. Contains a Foreword by Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, the second highest ranking Orthodox Bishop in England.

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The latest in a decadeslong rehabilitation of the hermits who went to the deserts of Egypt in the third and fourth centuries C.E. not for self-discovery but to make a strenuous private journey toward blessedness. Neither a new complete translation of the ancient texts nor a simple anthology of sayings, Chryssavgis's (Understanding Orthodox Christianity Today) book instead offers a capsule history while addressing key issues, such as the desert environment itself. With consistent use of sayings and anecdotes to draw parallels useful to the modern reader; for most collections.


—Graham Christian
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933316567
  • Publisher: World Wisdom
  • Publication date: 9/25/2008
  • Series: The Library of Perennial Philosophy
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 964,687
  • Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

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List of Black-and-White Illustrations

Foreword to the Revised Edition Metropolitan Kallistos Ware Ware, Metropolitan Kallistos

Foreword to the Original Edition Benedicta Ward Ward, Benedicta

Introduction 1

1 The Text through the Centuries 9

2 The Age of the Desert Fathers and Mothers 15

3 Key Personalities 19

4 The Desert as Space 33

5 The Struggle against Demons 37

6 The Patience of the Cell 41

7 Silence and Tears 45

8 The Treasury of the Heart 53

9 Spiritual Guidance along the Way 63

10 The Power of Detachment 69

11 Education and Formation 75

12 Solitude and Charity 79

13 The Desert and the Body 83

14 The Desert and the Environment 85

15 The Desert and Gender 89

16 Miracles and Signs 93

17 Praying to God 97

18 Encountering God 103

Conclusion 109

Introduction to Abba Zosimas: Reflections 111

The Text of the Reflections 123

App Give me a Word, Abba 151

Chronological Table 159

Map 161

Bibliography 163

Biographical Notes 171

Index 173

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