In the Heart of the Desert: The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers (Google eBook)

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World Wisdom, Inc, 2008 - Religion - 180 pages
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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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Review: In the Heart of the Desert: The Spiritualilty of the Desert Fathers and Mothers (Treasures of the World's Religions)

User Review  - Ona Kiser - Goodreads

Okay - but I was hoping for more primary texts and less commentary, and it was almost all commentary. Chapters explore themes like Silence, Patience, etc. A good introduction for someone with little familiarity, I'd think - easy to read, for a general audience. But not what I was looking for. Read full review

Review: In the Heart of the Desert: The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers: With a Translation of Abba Zosimas' Reflections

User Review  - Gwen - Goodreads

This book kind of just is. It's tough to rate and review a book like this since it is at it's heart just a collection of sayings. The bits in each chapter that explain the different aspects of being a ... Read full review

Contents

The Text through the Centuries
9
The Age of the Desert Fathers and Mothers
15
Key Personalities
19
The Desert as Space
33
The Struggle against Demons
37
The Patience of the Cell
41
Silence and Tears
45
The Treasury of the Heart
53
The Desert and Gender
89
Miracles and Signs
93
Praying to God
97
Encountering God
103
Conclusion
109
Reflections
111
The Text of the Reflections
123
Give me a Word Abba
151

Spiritual Guidance along the Way
63
The Power of Detachment
69
Education and Formation
75
Solitude and Charity
79
The Desert and the Body
83
The Desert and the Environment
85
Chronological Table
159
Map
161
Bibliography
163
Biographical Notes
171
Index
173
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About the author (2008)

The Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, an ordained deacon of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, studied at the Universities of Athens and Oxford. He has held university posts in Sydney and Boston, lecturing internationally on Orthodox theology and spirituality, and he currently serves as theological advisor to the Ecumenical Patriarch on environmental issues. His most recent publications include "Soul Mending: The Art of Spiritual Direction" and "In the Heart of the Desert: The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers". He lives in Maine.

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