This enduring work of Russian spirituality has charmed countless people with its tale of a nineteenth-century peasant's quest for the secret of prayer. Readers follow this anonymous pilgrim as he treks over the Steppes in search of the answer to the one compelling question: How does one pray constantly? Through his journeys, and under the tutelage of a spiritual father, he becomes gradually more open to the promptings of God, and sees joy and plenty wherever he goes. Ultimately, he discovers the different meanings and methods of prayer as he travels to his ultimate destination, Jerusalem.
The Way of a Pilgrim is a humble story ripe for renewed appreciation today. The recent changes in Russia have revealed the great religious traditions of that land, and this work, freshly translated for modern times, is among the finest examples of those centuries-old traditions.
|Publisher:||The Crown Publishing Group|
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About the Author
WALTER J. CISZEK, S.J. (1904–1984), spent twenty-three years in the Soviet Gulag and is now being considered for canonization in the Roman Catholic Church.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book describes the adventures of a nineteenth-century peasant who spends much of his God-centered life wandering around Russia. It is an inspirational story about the value of praying which is sure to enrich one's Christian walk.
I came upon this book by accident and without any prior knowledge of its existence or familiarity with the 'Jesus Prayer.' I began reading the book and quickly became fascinated with the story of the pilgrim and his adventures. After learning more about the current significance of the 'Jesus Prayer' from the internet, I again read the book solely for its teachings about prayer. From the tale of the pilgrim I have learned more about prayer than from almost any other single source.
The Way of the Pilgrim is truly one of the great classics of spiritual literature. It is all about the power of prayer. The thesis is that one should pray always, constantly. In the background of thought, of conversation, and of action, the prayer runs through the mind continually, like a mantra. I am reminded of the prayer-song of the Don Cossack Chorus, which I heard many years ago. I do not know the spelling of the words to the prayer, but it sounded like 'Hospida be pumilui,' and the lyrics were repeated endlessly, with a singularly mournful sound. It was very beautiful. I believe the words translated to 'God, have mercy on me.' This is truly a wonderful book, and one that you should add to your library.