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Short Trip to the Edge: Where Earth Meets Heaven--A Pilgrimage [Hardcover]

By Scott Cairns (Author)
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Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.3" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2007
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN  0060843225  
EAN  9780060843229  

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Critically acclaimed writer and poet Scott Cairns leaves behind his Starbucks-studded landscape to learn from the monks on Greece's Holy Mountain, Mt. Athos, the spiritual center of Eastern Christianity since the 8th century.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Scot McKnight, Ph.D. is Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard Illinois. He is the award-winning author of"The Jesus Creed, 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed, The Real Mary, Embracing Grace"and"Praying with the Church." Scot lives with his wife, Kristen, in the Chicago suburbs and has two children, Laura and Lukas, and two grandchildren."

Scott Cairns has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Paraclete Poetry

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A glimpse of heaven with earth mixed in  Mar 4, 2007
Since I am a woman, I cannot personally reap the spiritual benefits of a pilgrimage to Mt. Athos. However, Scott Cairns' account of his visits to the Holy Mountain during his sabbatical year as a professor at the Univ. of Missouri allowed me to vicariously experience what it must be like for an Orthodox convert to go there. He describes the good, the bad, and the ineffably divine of what it is like for a modern-day pilgrim to pay a visit to the heart of Orthodox monasticism. The focus of his pilgrimage is his endeavor to find a spiritual father who can guide him in how to grow closer to God, specifically through the Jesus Prayer.
Cairns deftly interweaves the physical realities and legalities ("Let that be a lesson for somebody") of getting there and getting around while, at the same time, describing his impressions and feelings about finally arriving at The Mountain. His gifts as a poet allow him to find the perfect word to capture his experience or the description of his environment.
There are humorous but instructive moments, such as when he and his friend Nick decide to walk to a monastery rather than ride in a vehicle, or when he describes a pilgrim he calls "the sheriff" who demands that everyone follow the rules while eating. There are also glimpses of the meeting of Heaven and Earth on Mt. Athos as Cairns describes kissing the warm left hand of St. Mary Magdalene, the spice-scented foot of St. Anne (accompanied by "a curious sweetness, a warming of the heart") and the fragrant brow of the skull of St. Andrew.
I was helped in my own spiritual journey by Cairns' complete honesty. He describes the time when he was finally able to have a moment with an elder and feels like he made a mistake by asking the wrong question. He also writes of other situations that an Orthodox convert might find embarrassing when centuries-old protocol has been breached. I could relate.
Cairns finds much guidance towards what he is seeking, and his journey is instructive for anyone who is also trying to draw closer to God. (A similar account is "The Mountain of Silence" by Kyriacos C. Markides," another contemporary writer.) My only disappointment is that this book was not twice as long. Maybe more visits by Cairns to the Holy Mountain will produce a sequel?

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