The Sayings of the Desert Fathers: The Alphabetical Collection (Cistercian studies 59)

Wonderful collection of the sayings of the Desert Fathers and Mothers The Sayings are arranged topically The material included in this volume include parables stories legends wise sayings di

Wonderful collection of the sayings of the Desert Fathers (and Mothers). The 'Sayings' are arranged topically. The material included in this volume include parables, stories, legends, wise sayings, dialogues and visions. The diversity of the material is matched only by the diversity of the desert monks themselves. Some of them are cranky and legalistic people. Others are graceful but strange, and some are friendly and hospitable. There is a lot in this volume that is thought provoking about the life of prayer. I think if you read it, you would definitely find something to enjoy about these strange saints.Good The Sayings of the Desert Fathers: The Alphabetical Collection (Cistercian studies 59) Creat Benedicta Ward Metropolitan Anthony (Bloom) of Sourozh go inside Book Give me a word, Father , visitors to early desert monks asked The responses of these pioneer ascetics were remembered and in the fourth century written down in Coptic, Syriac, Greek, and later Latin Their Sayings were collected, in this case in the alphabetical order of the monks and nuns who uttered them, and read by generations of Christians as life giving words that Give me a word, Father , visitors to early desert monks asked The responses of these pioneer ascetics were remembered and in the fourth century written down in Coptic, Syriac, Greek, and later Latin Their Sayings were collected, in this case in the alphabetical order of the monks and nuns who uttered them, and read by generations of Christians as life giving words that would help readers along the path to salvation.. Benedicta Ward Metropolitan Anthony (Bloom) of Sourozh Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the The Sayings of the Desert Fathers: The Alphabetical Collection (Cistercian studies 59) book, this is one of the most wanted Benedicta Ward Metropolitan Anthony (Bloom) of Sourozh author readers around the world. . A viral Books The Sayings of the Desert Fathers: The Alphabetical Collection (Cistercian studies 59) I own this book and return to it frequently.

  1. Benedicta Ward Metropolitan Anthony (Bloom) of Sourozh Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the The Sayings of the Desert Fathers: The Alphabetical Collection (Cistercian studies 59) book, this is one of the most wanted Benedicta Ward Metropolitan Anthony (Bloom) of Sourozh author readers around the world.

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  1. Wonderful collection of the sayings of the Desert Fathers and Mothers The Sayings are arranged topically The material included in this volume include parables, stories, legends, wise sayings, dialogues and visions The diversity of the material is matched only by the diversity of the desert monks themselves Some of them are cranky and legalistic people Others are graceful but strange, and some are friendly and hospitable There is a lot in this volume that is thought provoking about the life of pr [...]


  2. Interesting account of ancient Hellenic Egyptian monks attempting to live in strict accordance with the Gospel While reading it, one can have the curious feeling of being alternately or often simultaneously damned and comforted.


  3. This is an amazing look at desert monastic tradition in the early Christian empire There s not only a wealth of strangeness, from holy dwarfs to questionable miracles, there s a real sense of the proto Islamic culture that springs up from this region, taking the Hellenization and applying it in a harsh environment on Rome s Eastern reaches.





  4. This collection of the Sayings is a wonderful view into the life and rule of the Desert Fathers Mothers From their most famous words to little known maxims and stories, this book is certainly a spiritually challenging read Although their austere spirituality is at times off putting or intimidating, I think it is best to remember that these men and women were fleeing what they saw as the watering down of the faith by the infiltration of the empire s political influence They developed a way of lif [...]


  5. The Sayings of the Desert Fathers The Alphabetical Collectionby Ward, BenedictaThis is a marvelous collection I ve read smaller collections from the desert, best of compilations compared to this I wanted to see what else they said and I got it in this book I appreciated the breadth of voice in this book That s what I was after to read as much as I could find from the desert voices After reading, I noticed that my favorite parts of this book were the sections I was already familiar with Merton s [...]


  6. The Desert Fathers are an interesting bunch They go to great lengths not to have to talk to people even other monks, some of them only sleep an hour every night, they eat about once a week, and are looking for demons around every corner One of them actually questions transubstantiation but fortunately for his soul an angel comes down and sets him straight The book actually deals with racism a bit One of the desert fathers is black and several times other monks decide to test him by hurling racis [...]


  7. This comprehensive collection of the Apothegmata sayings of the early Christian Desert Fathers and Mothers was translated and edited by Benedicta Ward, an Anglican nun who lives in Oxford and reads there occasionally in Christian spirituality and the history of Christianity She is a well recognized giant in the field of the study and exploration of early Christian monasticism and its texts, and this book reveals why it is easily readable and accessible, all while retaining the dense, challenging [...]


  8. One of the few books that I can always go back to read over and over again For someone interested in mysticism and the worldviews of those who adopt the ascetic life, this book only strengthened that interest and I am thankful for coming across it Abba Anthony, Abba Elias, they re all fathers to learn from The conversations in the book generally highlight the importance of fasting, prayer, patience, commitment and humility being a center virtue.I highly recommend this book to those studying Chri [...]


  9. I read this book through a time of mourning I just wanted to read a piece that would edify me This book is a collection of sayings by this group of priests in the desert who practice solitude Its a difficult way of life, but much easier than living in the world Many of these sayings are simple, soul stirring and challenging The incidences and examples are so vivid and practical The two that arrest me, are the need for prayer, Jesus s flesh and blood in the chalice, the dead corpse made to speak [...]


  10. Very sad to see how far he church of the 4th and 5th century in Africa had fallen into asceticism and other folly These 250 pages of sayings are organized alphabetically Greek by the abba or amma which didn t provide much sense of development over time or by region The preface, forward, prologue, and chronology are helpful for understanding the historical setting of this aberrant chapter in church history, but to use the sayings themselves as any sort of guide to theology or Christian living wou [...]


  11. This is a collection of sayings from the early monastics who lived in wilderness cells and monasteries In these sayings you ll discover which central practices and virtues were cultivated among these spiritual seekers Humility stands out among the primary virtues which cannot even be thought a virtue lest it undermine its purpose Simplicity and scarcity are also practices that are embraced along with silence and solitude.


  12. I greatly enjoy this book I some ways it is like the Philokalia, in that the sayings are meant for specific individuals and specific situations The Sayings of the Desert Fathers are not generally applicable, which makes it a bit tricky to apply the sayings to a specific situation That is why is is always useful to consult with a spiritual elder before putting into practice the things spoken of by the Desert Fathers Not for everyone is the white martyrdom of the monastic.


  13. Amazingly hardcore These guys were either incredibly holy or borderline mentally ill obsessive or both Regardless, this book is packed full of fantastic Christian insight gleaned by people living in a hostile wilderness and meditating for pretty much their whole lives I love the nun who ives by the river yet never looks at it and the monk who won t look up at the roof of the church lest their mind be distracted from God A brilliant read.


  14. Man, this is goodTons of wisdom, some funky stories, and some things that I m not sure about.These sayings have to be read as parables and teaching points It s not worth it or necessary to figure out what happened or didn t It s just a compilation of real world wisdom and lessons that have helped people, primarily monks and nuns, live a Christ centered life for the past seventeen centuries.


  15. Brilliant Staggering Nothing I read in Pastoral Care class was half a useful as knowing the right story from the desert fathers This book captures with some historical redaction the experiences and teachings of the first Christian monks in the Egyptian desert in the 4th century The extremity of their devotion, and the wisdom it produced, is an endless marvel I keep a stock of this book on hand to give as gifts, especially to ministers It certainly repays re reading.


  16. I highly admire the desert fathers and their incredible strength in serving the Lord, but the theology is so astoundingly wrong most of the time that it makes it hard to get through this work There are many interesting things to be found in this collection, but Scriptural doctrine is not included.


  17. A collection of sayings and stories attributed to the early desert fathers, those proto monastics who went into the desert outside Egypt An eclectic, and at times enigmatic, collection, these short passages are often inspiring and illuminating, and sometimes outright strange But taken together, they give a compelling view of the spirituality of these early Christians


  18. The desert fathers are a puzzle and a paradox Spend a little time in their company and you ll be throttled by grace the strange, unmanageable mystery of a life focused into a white hot point of recollectedness, the simplicity of willing one thing Their pithy distillations of spiritual experience burn the throat but warm the belly, like a stiff whiskey Enjoy with moderation.


  19. A wonderful collection of the sayings of the Desert Fathers This is high spiritual nourishment form the Christian East Can t recommend it high enough Whatever good work a man undertakes, if he perseveres in it, he will attain rest But prayer is warfare to the last breath Abba Agathon


  20. Best of the early Christian writings As far as I m concern these should be in the canon Mandatory for anyone even remotely interested in the early church, monasticism, as well as those who want to mature their faith.


  21. A very thorough review of the 3 5th century christian ascetics sayings from the christian monks of upper and lower egypt However, it takes a great deal to discern what to accept and what to reject from the sayings A lot of this was above my level.


  22. The gold standard translation of this powerful witness to early Christian ascetic spirituality These short anecdotes and proverbs remain highly edifying even 1600 years after their publication, and should be a classic of spirituality on anyone s bookshelf, regardless of faith background.


  23. A holy man who had seen someone in the act of committing a sin wept bitterly and said, He today, and I tomorrow In truth, even if someone commits sin in your presence, do not judge him, but consider yourself a worse sinner than he From the Desert Fathers.





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