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City of Prayer: Forty Days With Desert Christians [Paperback]

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Pages   152
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.22" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.36"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2008
Publisher   Liturgical Press
ISBN  0814630952  
EAN  9780814630952  


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Christians are familiar with Matthew's account of Jesus' temptation in the desert. We are familiar with Jesus' pithy responses to the devil at the end of those forty days: "One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God"; "Do not put the Lord your God to the test"; "Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him." But we are likely less familiar with the pithy sayings of those-the Desert Fathers and Mothers-whom God led into the desert in surprising numbers throughout the early centuries of the church. In City of Prayer: Forty Days with Desert Christians Rachel Srubas offers readers a collection of reflections inspired by the wisdom of the Desert Fathers and Mothers, the Abbas and Ammas. Through the wisdom of these desert Christians illuminated by Srubas's powerful narrative, readers will ponder such themes as solitude and perseverance, illness and humility. They will be inspired and challenged, comforted and sustained. Neither academic nor pietistic, this book is candid, intelligent, and compelling.

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"The desert will show you what you are and are not made of, what you do and do not need."
'Rachel Srubas

Christians are familiar with Matthew's account of Jesus ' temptation in the desert. We are familiar with Jesus ' pithy responses to the devil at the end of those forty days: One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God; Do not put the Lord your God to the test; Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him. But we are likely less familiar with the pithy sayings of those 'the Desert Fathers and Mothers 'whom God led into the desert in surprising numbers throughout the early centuries of the church. In "City of Prayer: Forty Days with Desert Christians" Rachel Srubas offers readers a collection of reflections inspired by the wisdom of the Desert Fathers and Mothers, the Abbas and Ammas. Through the wisdom of these desert Christians illuminated by Srubas's powerful narrative, readers will ponder such themes as solitude and perseverance, illness and humility. They will be inspired and challenged, comforted and sustained. Neither academic nor pietistic, this book is candid, intelligent, and compelling.

"Rachel M. Srubas is a Presbyterian clergywoman and oblate of St. Benedict. She is also the author of "Oblation: Meditation on St. Benedict's Rule "(Paraclete Press), and her writings have appeared in"The Christian Century "and" Weavings: A Journal of Christian Spiritual Life.

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Real reflection  Feb 7, 2009
This book will give one a real opportunity for reflection without having to take time off from every day life. Ms. Srubas' words take everyday events and situations and allow one to find spiritual healing and honesty. Most of us don't have time to "get away from it all" in order to gain perspective, so this little book allows that same gain of perspective while continuing with the daily grind.
 
The Deserts of Everyday Life  Oct 29, 2008
"The desert will show you what you are and are not made of, what you do and do not need," writes the author as she introduces her personal reflections on the spiritual desert that is part of the life of every Christian. While her first book, "Oblation," used the Rule of St. Benedict as a springboard for her meditations, City of Prayer reaches back to an earlier time, to women and men who lived in the desert and were known and sought out for their wisdom and holy lives. A brief quote from one of these Desert Fathers or Mothers, introduces a personal reflection, often anecdotal, that gently invites readers to look deeply into their own experience.
These brief essays offer antidotes to the "numbing climate of excess in which the over-scheduling of time crowds out contemplation." They range from moments of grateful intimacy with our hands and all they have done for us, to encounters with scary desert creatures and violent summer storms; from loving a friend who is "an icon of practicality and calm, an embodiment of down-to-earth hope," to painfully recalling adolescent outbursts of anger in a dysfunctional family.
City of Prayer speaks powerfully and is beautifully written. It will make you smile, and at other times bring tears to your eyes. You meet colorful characters who behave outrageously as well as holy women and men who will inspire you. Wonderfully human, its honesty and practicality will speak to your heart.

 

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