Christian Books, Bibles, Music & More - 1.888.395.0572
Call our Toll Free Number:
Find us on:
Follow Us On 

Twitter!   Join Us On Facebook!

Christian Bookstore .Net is a leading online Christian book store.

Shop Christian Books, Bibles, Jewelry, Church Supplies, Homeschool Curriculum & More!

Desert Wisdom: Sayings from the Desert Fathers [Paperback]

By Yushi Nomura (Translator), Henri J. M. Nouwen (Introduction by) & Yushi Nomura (Illustrator)
Our Price $ 12.75  
Retail Value $ 15.00  
You Save $ 2.25  (15%)  
Item Number 118875  
Buy New $12.75

Item Specifications...

Pages   122
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2002
Publisher   Orbis Books
ISBN  1570753717  
EAN  9781570753718  

Availability  9 units.
Availability accurate as of Oct 24, 2016 06:03.
Usually ships within one to two business days from La Vergne, TN.
Orders shipping to an address other than a confirmed Credit Card / Paypal Billing address may incur and additional processing delay.

Item Description...
(PUBOrbis)One hundred sayings from 4th- and 5th-century desert fathers and mothers are accompanied by brush stroke drawings by artist/theologian Nomura. The spare pithiness of the writings are echoed in the direct, forceful artwork. A wonderful gift for a reflective friend. 122 pages, softcover.

Publishers Description
"As he was dying, Abba Benjamin taught his sons this: Do this, and you'll be saved: Rejoice always, pray constantly, and in all circumstances give thanks".

Each Christian who seeks God through prayer is continuing a tradition that began with the desert fathers and mothers of the fourth and fifth century -- simple peasants whose spiritual progress was marked by inner peace, self-control, poverty, patience, humility, and hospitality. Desert Wisdom contains some hundred "sayings" of the desert fathers, each accompanied by playful illustrations by Japanese artist Yushi Nomura. Bridging East and West, the simple truths of Desert Wisdom remain as fresh and vital to Christians today as they were to the disciples who first heard and recorded them.

Buy Desert Wisdom: Sayings from the Desert Fathers by Yushi Nomura, Henri J. M. Nouwen & Yushi Nomura from our Christian Books store - isbn: 9781570753718 & 1570753717

The team at Christian Bookstore .Net welcome you to our Christian Book store! We offer the best selections of Christian Books, Bibles, Christian Music, Inspirational Jewelry and Clothing, Homeschool curriculum, and Church Supplies. We encourage you to purchase your copy of Desert Wisdom: Sayings from the Desert Fathers by Yushi Nomura, Henri J. M. Nouwen & Yushi Nomura today - and if you are for any reason not happy, you have 30 days to return it. Please contact us at 1-877-205-6402 if you have any questions.

More About Yushi Nomura, Henri J. M. Nouwen & Yushi Nomura

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Are You The Artisan or Author behind this product?
Improve our customers experience by registering for an Artisan Biography Center Homepage.

Product Categories
1Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Memoirs   [10747  similar products]
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Authors, A-Z > ( D ) > Desert Fathers   [8  similar products]
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Authors, A-Z > ( N ) > Nouwen, Henri > General   [93  similar products]
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Authors, A-Z > ( N ) > Nouwen, Henri > Paperback   [49  similar products]
5Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Catholicism > Inspirational   [3852  similar products]
6Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Christian Living > General   [31520  similar products]
7Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Christian Living   [0  similar products]
8Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Church History > General   [6817  similar products]
10Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Religious Studies > Education   [611  similar products]

Similar Products
The Sayings of the Desert Fathers (Cistercian studies 59)
The Sayings of the Desert Fathers (Cistercian studies 59)
Item: 130057

The Forgotten Desert Mothers: Sayings, Lives, and Stories of Early Christian Women
The Forgotten Desert Mothers: Sayings, Lives, and Stories of Early Christian Women
Item: 141112

The Wisdom of the Desert (New Directions)
The Wisdom of the Desert (New Directions)
Item: 140558

Modern Spiritual Masters: Writings on Contemplation and Compassion
Modern Spiritual Masters: Writings on Contemplation and Compassion
Item: 91524

Reviews - What do our customers think?
Excellent Wisdom!  Nov 10, 2008
My house church learned about this book when someone did a study presentation on the "Desert Fathers". After sharing this book with us, I bought three to give as gifts. Each page has inspiring insight that reflect biblical truths.
Excellent introduction  Jul 28, 2001
This book should convince most readers that reading the Desert Fathers (and Mothers) is enjoyable religious reading for the common spiritual seeker. The translations and the art accompanying them create a presentation that will appeal easly to those who enjoy the collections of Anthony de Mello, Idries Shah, various Jewish collections, Zen Buddhist stories ...

The tales and sayings themselves are short and evocative. For example: "Abba John the Little said: We have abandoned a light burden, namely self-criticism, and taken up a heavy burden, namely self-justification." It is accompanied by a picture in Japanese style with two women carrying loads on their head (sticks and basket) and two men with Sumo wrestler builds with large, heavy loads. The picture is as effective as the story at drawing the reader into the story.

After reading these stories, read Roberta Bondi's excellent theological introduction To Love as God Loves and the translations of additional tales by Merton, Ward and others.

superb introduction to the desert monastic tradition!  Jun 21, 2001
Yushi Nomura has put together a collection of roughly 100 sayings from the 4th and 5th century monks that we now collectively refer to as the Desert Fathers. In addition, each saying is illustrated with Japanese style brush drawings, which gives this collection a distinctive flavor when compared to either the collections by Thomas Merton or Helen Waddell.

This is not a comprehensive collection of sayings. Rather it serves as a superb introduction to this body of Christian literature. The sayings of the Desert Fathers are characterized by their pithy and direct nature. You will not find abstract theologizing here; the desert was a place where the hard realities of living the Christian life - humility, hospitality, forgiveness, failure, mindfulness of everyday things - were confronted every day.

Originally published in 1982, this new edition from Orbis includes a wonderful epilogue based on Henri Nouwen's unpublished lecture notes for a course on "Desert Spirituality and Contemporary Ministry" that he taught at Yale in the early 1980's. It was Nouwen's course that introduced Nomura to the literature of the desert and began the process that led to this book.

Nomura's collection was my first introduction to the Desert Fathers back around 1984. The book has long held a special place in my heart, and I am overjoyed to see it reissued.


Write your own review about Desert Wisdom: Sayings from the Desert Fathers

Customer Support: 1-888-395-0572
Welcome to Christian Bookstore .Net

Our team at Christian Bookstore .Net would like to welcome you to our site. Our Christian book store features over 150,000 Christian products including Bibles, Christian music, Christian books, jewelry, church supplies, Christian gifts, Sunday school curriculum, purity rings, homeschool curriculum and many other items to encourage you in your walk with God. Our mission is to provide you with quality Christian resources that you can benefit from and share with others. The best part is that our complete selection of Christian books and supplies is offered at up to 20% off of retail price! Please call us if you have any questions or need assistance in ordering at 1-888-395-0572. Have a blessed day.

Terms & Conditions | Privacy Policy | Site Map | Customer Support