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The Philokalia: The Eastern Christian Spiritual Texts--selections Annotated & Explained (SkyLight Illuminations) [Paperback]

By Allyne Smith, G. E. H. Palmer (Translator), Philip Sherrard (Translator) & Kallistos Ware (Translator)
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Pages   221
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.58" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.65"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 31, 2006
Publisher   Skylight Paths Publishing
ISBN  1594731039  
EAN  9781594731037  


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Presents the first approachable introduction to the wisdom of the Philokalia, the classic text of Eastern Christian spirituality through which seekers and believers of all faiths who are interested in prayer, contemplation, and living a life closer to God can gain great spiritual wisdom. Original.

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The Eastern Christian Love of the Beautiful canbe a companion on your own spiritual journey

A collection of writings by monks from the fourth to fifteenth centuries, the "Philokalia" more than any other text reflects the Eastern Church s interpretation of the Bible s meaning. Simply translated, the title means love of the beautiful, which reflects the text s emphasis on mystical and contemplative practices to engage all of our senses in the acts of worship and prayer.

This introduction to the wisdom of the "Philokalia" illuminates a text that until now has intimidated the general reader in its scholarly translations from Greek and Russian. Allyne Smith focuses his thoughtful selection on seven themes that recur throughout the five-volume work repentance, the heart, prayer, the Jesus Prayer, the passions, stillness, and theosis. Smith s enlightening, accessible facing-page commentary fills in the historical and spiritual context, clarifies core teachings, including the Eastern understanding of salvation, and draws connections to modern-day practices, such as contemplative prayer.

Now you can experience the spiritual wisdom of the "Philokalia" even if you have no previous knowledge of Eastern Christianity. This SkyLight Illuminations edition takes you on a journey through this beloved text, showing you how the teachings of Eastern monks can help you become by grace what God is by nature.

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Philokalia  Sep 14, 2008
I have been using these writings as thoughts for meditation and reflection.
I am enjoying the writings.
 
nicely done  Sep 9, 2008
This is a very deep read that has been presented in a way that makes it easier to understand
 
Comprehensive collection of early Christian writings  Mar 17, 2007
This book presents quotes from early Church fathers, and pairs them with helpful editors' notes on the facing pages. It addresses topics such as prayer and the heart, and how the individual can seek to unite with God in reverence and peace. A brisk read, but requires the reader's full attention at every turn.
 
Solid resource for meditation, prayer, and theological understanding  Feb 22, 2007
The format of this work into sections and each section containing short quotes, makes it ideally suited as a devotional work you can read and meditate with in short bits at a time. The commentary along the facing page makes it easy to find help when you need it. Very clear, concise, and inspiring. A solid edition for theological study or purely as meditation/prayer helps. Highly recommended for all Christians but especially for those nurtured in the Eastern traditions.
 
An invaluable addition to spirituality and Christian literature shelves  Jan 6, 2007
Extensively annotated by Orthodox priest Allyne Smith and skillfully translated by G. E. H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, and Bishop Kallistos Ware, Philokalia: The Eastern Christian Spiritual Texts, Selections Annotated & Explained is a collection of writings by monks from the fourth to fifteenth centuries, embodying the Eastern Church's interpretation of biblical meaning. Emphasizing mystical and contemplative practices that engage all senses in worship and prayer, Philokalia is wonderfully made fully accessible to professional theologians and lay Christians and spiritualists alike. Each two-page spread contains a passage on the right, and annotations on the left, the better to simplify reference and understanding. An invaluable addition to spirituality and Christian literature shelves, whether as part of a church or home library.
 

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