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This book examines the method of meditative reading encouraged by John Cassian (c. 360-435) in his ascetic writings, the bulk of which are fictive dialogues that purportedly record the instruction he had received from Egyptial Christian monks. This instruction was at its core an interactive experience, depending upon both the discernment of the master and diligent application of instruction by the student. Driver examines Cassian's understanding of the act of reading and suggests the implications of this for Cassian's monastic teaching and it interprets Cassian's method of reading in light of contemporary discussions of reading and the self.

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9780415936682 | Routledge, March 1, 2002, cover price $157.00 | About this edition: This book examines the method of meditative reading encouraged by John Cassian (c.

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9781138973855 | Routledge, April 30, 2016, cover price $47.95

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Product Description: The Desert Monastics, thousands of monks and nuns who lived in the Egyptian wastelands between the third and fifth centuries, have come to be seen as the Olympians of the spiritual life. Renowned spiritual writer Joan Chittister explores the sayings of the Desert Mothers and Fathers, finding wisdom from that ancient tradition that speaks to your life today...read more

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9781616368319 | Franciscan Media, September 25, 2015, cover price $22.99 | About this edition: The Desert Monastics, thousands of monks and nuns who lived in the Egyptian wastelands between the third and fifth centuries, have come to be seen as the Olympians of the spiritual life.

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9781616369859 | Franciscan Media, September 25, 2015, cover price $34.99 | also contains In God’s Holy Light: Wisdom from the Desert Monastics

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Product Description: Timeless and contemplative sayings from the earliest Christian sages of desert spirituality can be a companion on your own spiritual journey.The desert fathers and mothers were ordinary Christians living in solitude in the deserts of Egypt, Palestine, Syria and Arabia who chose to renounce the world in order to deliberately and individually follow God's call...read more

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9781594733734 | Skylight Paths Pub, September 7, 2012, cover price $16.99 | About this edition: Timeless and contemplative sayings from the earliest Christian sages of desert spirituality can be a companion on your own spiritual journey.

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Product Description: Through the third to sixth centuries, great Christian men and women colonized the deserts of Palestine, Syria and Egypt, shaping the church through their examples of faith and devotion. History now knows them as the Desert Fathers and Mothers and their lives display an unswerving commitment to the love of Christ sorely needed in today’s world...read more

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9780310318309 | Zondervan, April 3, 2012, cover price $14.99 | About this edition: Through the third to sixth centuries, great Christian men and women colonized the deserts of Palestine, Syria and Egypt, shaping the church through their examples of faith and devotion.

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Product Description: In the late third century, more and more people withdrew to the radical seclusion of the desert so as to live entirely for God under the direction of a spiritual father. Among these "Desert Fathers" one figure is especially preeminent: Saint Anthony the Hermit...read more

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9781586174453 | Ignatius Pr, October 1, 2011, cover price $16.95 | About this edition: In the late third century, more and more people withdrew to the radical seclusion of the desert so as to live entirely for God under the direction of a spiritual father.

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Product Description: The desert will show you what you are and are not made of, what you do and do not need. 'Rachel SrubasChristians 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...read more

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9780814630952 | Liturgical Pr, October 15, 2008, cover price $14.95 | About this edition: The desert will show you what you are and are not made of, what you do and do not need.

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Product Description: Words of spiritual counsel from the heart of early Christian monasticism.

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9780941532518 | World Wisdom Books, May 1, 2003, cover price $18.95 | About this edition: Words of spiritual counsel from the heart of early Christian monasticism.

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A selection of devotional readings for every day of the year, based upon the anecdotes and sayings of the early Christian mystics know as the Desert Fathers and Mothers, provides insight and inspiration to contemporary Christians who often struggle in metaphorical deserts of their own. Original.
By Bernard Bangley (compiler)

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9781557255372 | Paraclete Pr, November 30, 2007, cover price $16.99 | About this edition: A selection of devotional readings for every day of the year, based upon the anecdotes and sayings of the early Christian mystics know as the Desert Fathers and Mothers, provides insight and inspiration to contemporary Christians who often struggle in metaphorical deserts of their own.

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A spiritual guide to overcoming alienation, anxiety, and uncertainty recommends embracing the principles of Christian community and studying the actions and words of the fourth-century Desert Fathers and Mothers.

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9781590302316 | Shambhala Pubns, September 13, 2005, cover price $19.95 | About this edition: A spiritual guide to overcoming alienation, anxiety, and uncertainty recommends embracing the principles of Christian community and studying the actions and words of the fourth-century Desert Fathers and Mothers.

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Product Description: Andre Louf's probing essay on the nature of humility revisions this fundamental Christian virtue away from the misunderstandings of both the scholastic tradition and its modern counterparts to locate humility in the ancient sources of the monastic tradition...read more

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9780879070113 | Cistercian Pubns, June 1, 2007, cover price $14.95 | About this edition: Andre Louf's probing essay on the nature of humility revisions this fundamental Christian virtue away from the misunderstandings of both the scholastic tradition and its modern counterparts to locate humility in the ancient sources of the monastic tradition.

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Product Description: Cassian and the Fathers is the initial volume in the series of Novitiate Conferences of Thomas Merton, the classes he presented to young men beginning their monastic life at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky. They contain Merton's insights on important Patristic and monastic figures preceding the time of St...read more

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9780879071004 | Cistercian Pubns, May 30, 2005, cover price $39.95 | About this edition: Cassian and the Fathers is the initial volume in the series of Novitiate Conferences of Thomas Merton, the classes he presented to young men beginning their monastic life at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky.

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9780879070014 | Cistercian Pubns, May 1, 2005, cover price $29.95 | About this edition: Cassian and the Fathers is the initial volume in the series of Novitiate Conferences of Thomas Merton, the classes he presented to young men beginning their monastic life at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky.

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'Introduces readers to the wisdom of the desert elders in the context of their daily lives, presenting their background (historical, cultural, and religious) and describing the environment of solitude, ascetic disciplines, labor, and interactions with other people that was the source of their wisdom'--Provided by publisher.

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9780814630341 | Liturgical Pr, April 30, 2005, cover price $24.95 | About this edition: 'Introduces readers to the wisdom of the desert elders in the context of their daily lives, presenting their background (historical, cultural, and religious) and describing the environment of solitude, ascetic disciplines, labor, and interactions with other people that was the source of their wisdom'--Provided by publisher.

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In the fourth century, the deserts of Egypt became the nerve center of a radical new movement, what we now call monasticism. Groups of Christians-from illiterate peasants to learned intellectuals-moved out to the wastelands beyond the Nile Valley and, in the famous words of Saint Athanasius, made the desert a city. In so doing, they captured the imagination of the ancient world. They forged techniques of prayer and asceticism, of discipleship and spiritual direction, that have remained central to Christianity ever since. Seeking to map the soul's long journey to God and plot out the subtle vagaries of the human heart, they created and inspired texts that became classics of Western spirituality. These Desert Christians were also brilliant storytellers, some of Christianity's finest. This book introduces the literature of early monasticism. It examines all the best-known works, including Athanasius' Life of Antony, the Lives of Pachomius, and the so-called Sayings of the Desert Fathers. Later chapters focus on two pioneers of monastic theology: Evagrius Ponticus, the first great theoretician of Christian mysticism; and John Cassian, who brought Egyptian monasticism to the Latin West. Along the way, readers are introduced to path-breaking discoveries-to new texts and recent archeological finds-that have revolutionized contemporary scholarship on monastic origins. Included are fascinating snippets from papyri and from little-known Coptic, Syriac, and Ethiopic texts. Interspersed in each chapter are illustrations, maps, and diagrams that help readers sort through the key texts and the richly-textured world of early monasticism. Geared to a wide audience and written in clear, jargon-free prose, Desert Christians offers the most comprehensive and accessible introduction to early monasticism. (view table of contents)

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9780195162226 | Oxford Univ Pr on Demand, May 21, 2004, cover price $125.00 | About this edition: In the fourth century, the deserts of Egypt became the nerve center of a radical new movement, what we now call monasticism.

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9780195162233 | Oxford Univ Pr, June 17, 2004, cover price $41.95

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Product Description: Written in the fifth century, during one of the most formative periods of christian monasticism in Egypt and Palestine, The Ascetic Discourses show a strong influence of the Scripture, both Old and New, and of Early monastic writers...read more
By John Chryssaygis (trans)

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9780879077501 | Cistercian Pubns, December 1, 2002, cover price $34.95 | About this edition: Written in the fifth century, during one of the most formative periods of christian monasticism in Egypt and Palestine, The Ascetic Discourses show a strong influence of the Scripture, both Old and New, and of Early monastic writers.

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Product Description: In the fourth century, thousands of men and women fled into the Egyptian desert seeking to recapture the passion of the earliest Christians through lives of prayer and solitude.As records of the wisdom and purity of the "desert fathers and mothers" spread through the Roman Empire, Christians streamed to the caves of these desert hermits, seeking counsel on the interior life...read more
By Henry L. Carrigan (editor)

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9781557252838 | Paraclete Pr, October 1, 2001, cover price $14.95 | About this edition: In the fourth century, thousands of men and women fled into the Egyptian desert seeking to recapture the passion of the earliest Christians through lives of prayer and solitude.

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Product Description: They were a curious sort of folk, albeit what they were most curious about was God. They lived and prayed in the fourth and fifth centuries... They went into trances; they levitated; they sat on top of poles; they were often found in a state of ecstasy...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)

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9780867163711 | Franciscan Media, January 1, 2001, cover price $8.95 | About this edition: They were a curious sort of folk, albeit what they were most curious about was God.

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Product Description: Founders of Christian eremitism, these heroes of asceticism and virtue earned a reputation as much by their lifestyle as by their writings which have been translated into all languages and distributed throughout the world.

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9781879007345 | St Bedes Pubns, April 1, 2000, cover price $22.00 | About this edition: Founders of Christian eremitism, these heroes of asceticism and virtue earned a reputation as much by their lifestyle as by their writings which have been translated into all languages and distributed throughout the world.

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Product Description: The Christian hermits, ascetics, and monks of early history had deep insight into the nature and aspirations of humankind. Drawing on their experiences in the cloisters of the desert they became sought after mentors, teachers, and spiritual guides...read more

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9780824518189 | Crossroad Pub Co, September 1, 1999, cover price $14.95 | About this edition: The Christian hermits, ascetics, and monks of early history had deep insight into the nature and aspirations of humankind.

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Provides a authoritative introduction to the early history of Christianity in an inspirational translation of the stories, meditations, and sayings of the holy men and women who pioneered the contemplative Christian tradition from their North African and Asia Minor retreats. Reprint. 17,500 first printing. (view table of contents)
By Basil Pennington (foreword by) and Helen Waddell

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9780375700194 | Reprint edition (Vintage Books, May 1, 1998), cover price $15.95 | About this edition: Provides an introduction to the early history of Christianity in a translation of the stories, meditations, and sayings of the holy men and women who pioneered the contemplative Christian tradition

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Looks to the desert fathers and mothers of early Christianity as important spiritual sources in times of spiritual upheaval

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9780892439300 | Liguori Pubns, October 1, 1996, cover price $11.00 | About this edition: Looks to the desert fathers and mothers of early Christianity as important spiritual sources in times of spiritual upheaval

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