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Oasis Of Wisdom: The Worlds Of The Desert Fathers And Mothers [Paperback]

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Pages   181
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2005
Publisher   Liturgical Press
ISBN  0814630340  
EAN  9780814630341  


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The life and wisdom of the desert fathers and mothers is not only retained in historical volumes, but has been a constant presence throughout the development of the church. A formative influence since the time of the early Christians, this wisdom has the power to transform and nurture even today. Using six fundamental aspects of desert monastic life as windows-The Cell, Patience, Praxis, Labor and Time, Solitude and Silence, and Humility-Oasis of Wisdom reveals the world that created the wisdom of early Christian monastic men and women. With this experiential approach to learning, Keller goes beyond simple reflection by providing substantial historical background, including the environment of solitude, ascetic disciplines, labor, and daily life experiences. Touching on the social, religious, political, and linguistic influences of the culture, it is an ideal introduction for modern readers with limited backgrounds in theology or church history. Oasis of Wisdom is ideal for those seeking spiritual mentoring or a discipline of prayer, and will appeal to those from all denominations and backgrounds, from those new to church history to oblates. The richness of this ancient wisdom will challenge modern Christians to catch the spirit of the desert elders and join in their struggle to live an authentic human life.

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The life and wisdom of the desert fathers and mothers is not only retained in historical volumes, but has been a constant presence throughout the development of the church. A formative influence since the time of the early Christians, this wisdom has the power to transform and nurture even today.

Using six fundamental aspects of desert monastic life as windows - The Cell, Patience, Praxis, Labor and Time, Solitude and Silence, and Humility - "Oasis of Wisdom" reveals the world that created the wisdom of early Christian monastic men and women. With this experiential approach to learning, Keller goes beyond simple reflection by providing substantial historical background, including the environment of solitude, ascetic disciplines, labor, and daily life experiences. Touching on the social, religious, political, and linguistic influences of the culture, it is an ideal introduction for modern readers with limited backgrounds in theology or church history.

"Oasis of Wisdom" is ideal for those seeking spiritual mentoring or a discipline of prayer, and will appeal to those from al denominations and backgrounds, from those new to church history to oblates. The richness of this ancient wisdom will challenge modern Christians to catch the spirit of the desert elders and join in their struggle to live an authentic human life.

Chapters are: Politeia: The Monastic World of the Desert Fathers and Mothers," *Oikoumene: The Inhabited World Surrounding the Desert Fathers and Mothers, - *Sunrise to Sunrise: The Daly Lives of Early Egyptian Desert Elders and Monastic Communities, - *The Cell: Meeting God and Ourselves, - *Patience: Learning Not to Run from God or Authentic Human Life, - *Stillness and Silence: Being Present to God, Ourselves, and the World, - *Praxis: An Ascetic Vocation that Forms, Nourishes and Guards the Soul, - *Praxis and Labor: The Sanctification of Daly Life, - *Humility: Making Christ Tangible, - and *Two Deserts. - Also includes an introduction and a bibliography.

"The Rev. David G.R. Keller, Ed D, is the former Steward of the Episcopal House of Prayer at St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota. He currently leads contemplative retreats at Mercy Center in Burlingame, California, and at The Bishop's Ranch in Healdsburg, California. Along with Fr. Thomas Keating, OCSO, he has formed and facilitates The Contemplative Ministry Project.""

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More About David G. R. Keller

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David G. R. Keller, an Episcopal priest, is adjunct professor of ascetical theology at the General Theological Seminary in New York City. He is co-steward, with his wife, Emily Wilmer, of Oasis of Wisdom: An Institute for Contemplative Study, Practice, and Living based in Asheville, North Carolina (www.oasisofwisdom.net). He is the author of "Oasis of Wisdom: The Worlds of the Desert Fathers and Mothers" (Liturgical Press) and "Come and See: The Transformation of Personal Prayer" (Morehouse Publishing).

David G. R. Keller was born in 1937.

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A scholarly and spiritual examination of the lives, beliefs, and wisdom of early Christian monastic men and women   Sep 12, 2005
Rev. David G. R. Keller, Ed.D., presents Oasis of Wisdom: The Worlds of the Desert Fathers and Mothers is a scholarly and spiritual examination of the lives, beliefs, and wisdom of early Christian monastic men and women in Egypt and other desert lands. Chapters discuss daily lives and survival in such communities; the virtues that those living in such communities strove to achieve; and the lessons the postmodern world can learn from the early ascetics, such as the importance of stillness and science, humility, and patience. The importance of praxis, literally "action that is habitually repeated" and considered to be labor and vigilance toward the inner spirit leading to love of God and neighbor in this context, is also a key founding point. Oasis of Wisdom will prove most accessible to intermediate students and scholars of history, religion, and spirituality, yet it is careful to define and delineate terms so as not to exclude lay readers. Highly recommended for anyone seeking a deeper understanding in the theological and spiritual as well as the historical lives of early Christians.

 
A scholarly and spiritual examination of the lives, beliefs, and wisdom of early Christian monastic men and women   Sep 12, 2005
Rev. David G. R. Keller, Ed.D., presents Oasis of Wisdom: The Worlds of the Desert Fathers and Mothers is a scholarly and spiritual examination of the lives, beliefs, and wisdom of early Christian monastic men and women in Egypt and other desert lands. Chapters discuss daily lives and survival in such communities; the virtues that those living in such communities strove to achieve; and the lessons the postmodern world can learn from the early ascetics, such as the importance of stillness and science, humility, and patience. The importance of praxis, literally "action that is habitually repeated" and considered to be labor and vigilance toward the inner spirit leading to love of God and neighbor in this context, is also a key founding point. Oasis of Wisdom will prove most accessible to intermediate students and scholars of history, religion, and spirituality, yet it is careful to define and delineate terms so as not to exclude lay readers. Highly recommended for anyone seeking a deeper understanding in the theological and spiritual as well as the historical lives of early Christians.

 
early Christian asceticism and its lessons for today  Jul 6, 2005
Keller draws different types of early Christian monasticism while also laying out the broader grounds of what was common among them. All were pathways to God. In the early days of Christianity, the ascetic habits and spiritual practices and thoughts of a small number of men and women going out to desert areas in Egypt and neighboring areas helped not only to preserve the germ of Christianity against the barbarian invasions of Europe, but also to found a model for spiritual life and cast of mind of devout Christian believers for all ages. Keller is a clergyman who leads retreats and at one time headed a religious center. This learned overview of early Christian monasticism and asceticism is mainly a series of biographical portraits of several notable holy men and women with attention to principles in their lives (e. g., silence, praxis) which can be cultivated in anyone's life for greater spirituality and to spiritual thoughts of theirs which can be readily apprehended and reflected on by anyone. The author succeeds in his twin aims of highlighting the lives and spirituality of the extraordinary holy men and women and answering the question he poses, "What is the significance of their experience and wisdom for our lives today?"
 

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