Loved this book Great collection of Desert Sayings recorded with real accuracy and explained with keen insight by an impressive author The best I ve read on the subject of the early Church Mothers and Fathers Very true, very helpful, very inspiring.Kindle version downloaded better the scond time I installed it and I am glad to own the printed paperback version also A true classic for any serious Christian and not just for Christians either but a worthy edition to any Library of Wisdom, spanning universal Truths that can be applid across a broad spectrum of Faiths. The Desert Fathers and Mothersthose early Christian ascetics who withdrew from the world to seek Godhave influenced the spiritual lives of many people, from Saint Augustine to Thomas Merton Their words, sometimes inspiring and uplifting, sometimes agonizingly painful, sometimes humorous, always speak straight from the heart They resonate through the centuries because they tell the story of the deserted soul in its pilgrimage from darkness to light, from ignorance to truth, from sin to sanctity This revised edition of Father John Chryssavgis fresh and vital introduction to the spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers brings their words to life and provides a key which unlocks their relevance for the reader of today It features a new foreword by Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, eight new photos, a selection of sayings by the Desert Fathers and Mothers, and an Index This book gives examples of the sayings of the desert fathers and gives a clear picture of their lives Very useful as research for an essay Would recommend it to anyone interested in spirituality Very thought provoking This is a superb classic or Orthodox spirituality The reflections and lives of these holy monks is something we all need in the madness of modern life Beautifully simple and yet full of profound depths. Fascinating book Simple truths simply put. An excellent introduction to the desert fathers, both spiritually and historically Thoroughly recommended for anyone without much background looking to understand the desert fathers better And with copious quotations from the Sayings themselves.