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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.