To Love as God Loves: Conversations with the Early Church

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Fortress Press, 1987 - Religion - 111 pages
Being a Christian means learning to love with God's love. But God's love is not a warm feeling in the pit of the stomach. It has definite characteristics we learn in the course of our life, in the behavior and teaching of the early monastics, as we ponder over what we can say about God as God deals with us, and finally, as we model our own lives on what we have learned.

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This is the first of Bondi's non-technical books, and I think continues to be one of her best. This book walks us through the world of the desert monasticism, and how that applies to the life of faith today. Bondi has a very accessible style, and I like this book very much. Read full review

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Bondi thoroughly understands the world and writings of the early church monastics, and translates their wisdom and stories into a work modern Christians can understand. So lovely and gracious and kind. Read full review

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Page 9 - Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.
Page 13 - What is this, Father?' The old man said to them, 'My sins run out behind me, and I do not see them, and today I am coming to judge the errors of another.
Page 12 - John said that the saints are like a group of trees, each bearing different fruit, but watered from the same source. The practices of one saint differ from those of another, but it is the same Spirit that works in all of them. (Apoth., John the Dwarf 43, p. 95) The following pages are not intended to offer a dogmatic picture of "Christian life, its meaning and practice.

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