Gifts of the Desert: The Forgotten Path of Christian Spirituality

Gifts of the Desert The Forgotten Path of Christian Spirituality In Kyriacos C Markides s newest book Eastern Orthodox mysticism meets Western Christianity as the internationally renowned author takes readers on a deep journey back in time to unveil the very roots

  • Title: Gifts of the Desert: The Forgotten Path of Christian Spirituality
  • Author: Kyriacos C. Markides
  • ISBN: 9780385506632
  • Page: 350
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In Kyriacos C Markides s newest book, Eastern Orthodox mysticism meets Western Christianity as the internationally renowned author takes readers on a deep journey back in time to unveil the very roots of authentic spirituality.In his previous book The Mountain of Silence, Markides introduced us to the essential spiritual nature of Eastern Orthodoxy in a series of lively cIn Kyriacos C Markides s newest book, Eastern Orthodox mysticism meets Western Christianity as the internationally renowned author takes readers on a deep journey back in time to unveil the very roots of authentic spirituality.In his previous book The Mountain of Silence, Markides introduced us to the essential spiritual nature of Eastern Orthodoxy in a series of lively conversations with Father Maximos, the widely revered charismatic Orthodox bishop and former abbot of the isolated monastery on Mount Athos In Gifts of the Desert, Markides continues his examination of Easter Orthodox mystical teachings and practices and captures its living expression through visits to monasteries and hermitages in Greece and America and interviews with contemporary charismatic elders, both male and female.Markides s pursuit of a deeper understanding of Orthodoxy takes him to the deserts of Arizona and a stay at a new monastery in Sedona to the island of Cyprus and a reunion with Father Maximos on a pilgrimage to holy shrines aboard a cruise ship in the Aegean Sea and finally to the legendary Mount Athos, home to than two thousand Orthodox monks Markides relates his journey and reflections in a captivating style while providing important background material and information on historical events to give readers a highly accessible, in depth portrait of a tradition little known in the West.Gifts of the Desert will appeal to a wide range of people, from Christians seeking insights into their religion and its various expressions to scholars interested in learning about the mystical way of life and wisdom that have been preserved on Mount Athos since the fall of the Byzantine Empire and the Great Schism that separated the Eastern and Western Churches Perhaps most important, however, is the bridge it offers contemporary readers to a Christian life that is balanced between the worldly and the spiritual.

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    1. This is my second time trying to get through Gifts of the Desert. Who am I, but I think that it could have been much shorter, i.e edited better. I've ground to a halt again at about the same place as last time. That is not to say that there is not good content and very encouraging stuff in here, but it might be one of those books that has to hit you at the right time. I will push through to the end soon.Read Mountain of Silence. That is a wonderful book, dare I say, a classic read on Eastern Chr [...]

    2. Markides's 'The Mountain of Silence' came at the perfect time in my life. It was what 'sealed the deal' in my heart for Orthodoxy. 'Gifts of the Desert' was just as pivotal but in a different way. While reading, it seemed to say, "Well, you're here now, and this is how it's done." I absolutely loved this book!

    3. I read this book after reading the Magus of Strovolos and very much like the former, this book is does a great job to bridge Eastern philosophy to Christianity.

    4. A friend of mine from college ended up joining one of the many monasteries mentioned in this book several years ago so I was curious to read it to find out a little bit about where he lives these days, though telling the story of an individual monastery isn't really the point of the book. Besides that, it had some interesting stuff to say about the philosophy/theology of monasticism and Eastern Christianity.

    5. A really wonderful book about the spiritual life with recorded conversations with "Father Maximos" (Metropolitan Athanasios of Limassol, Cyprus) and Metropolitan Kallistos Ware -- conversations about the passions, repentance, prayer, the soul at death, several anecdotes of Saint Paisios and other holy monks on Athos The book is marred only by some of the author's personal reflections, which rather spoil the edifying pages of conversation with the bishops.

    6. Not quite as good as "The Mountain of Silence" (Markides didn't have as much access to Fr. Maximos for this one), but still very interesting. I particularly enjoyed the story behind the Orthodox Christian monastery that is in the Arizona desert.

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