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The Wisdom of the Desert Fathers [Paperback]

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The spiritual insights of desert fathers collected by disciples who sought them out, asking them to 'Give me a word', from the Anonymous Series of the Apophthegmata patrum.

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Studio: Cistercian Publications
Pages   66
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.11" Width: 5.43" Height: 0.31"
Weight:   0.18 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2006
Publisher   Cistercian Publications
ISBN  0728301091  
ISBN13  9780728301092  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Sister Benedicta Ward is a sister of the Community of Sisters of the Love of God. She is Reader in the History of Christian Spirituality at the University of Oxford and an honorary lecturer at Harris Manchester College.

Benedicta Ward currently resides in Oxford. Benedicta Ward was born in 1933.

Benedicta Ward has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Cistercian Studies
  2. Penguin Classics
  3. Studies in Christian History and Thought

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A Sanctifying verse : Wisdom of the Desert Fathers:  May 31, 2004
When Evagrius Ponticus, asked Macarius for a word of wisdom, Abba Macarius replied; "Do not speak unless you are asked to!"

One verse of wisdom:
The Wisdom of the Desert Fathers focused on the request of a monastic novice pleading to an Elder; "Please give me a word of guidance." The novice asks one verse of the elder's insightful conception of the Good News of the one teacher, The Christ. I see that Benedicta Ward applies the spirit of the desert, intense wisdom.

Extra scoop of Desert wisdom?
"The Wisdom of the Desert Fathers Systematic Sayings from the Anonymous Series of the Apophthegmata Patrum," by the 'blessed' Anglican mother Ward and many other sources including writings by John Cassian, and Evagrius Ponticus may be helpful to the honest this site reviewer Peter. A treatise on the quest for holiness by the Desert fathers, is very thoroughly treated in D. Burton Christie's "The Word in the Desert."

Book Rating:
Although I totally agree with the reviewer who stated rightly that; "The primary drawback is the length of the book, clocking in at a mere 47 pages. Not only does it lack just in pages, but some pages contain barely a few sentences! This could be fine as a gift book as it has some nice examples on central Christian themes and the presentation is of a high quality."
this site has to add the number of pages within "Product Details". But, neither this lack of information, nor his own positive note on the quality justify his harsh under rating.
Major disappointment  Nov 9, 2003
This volume is a big let down, especially after having read 'Sayings' and 'Lives' of the Desert Fathers, which are both excellent and substantial.
The primary drawback is the length of the book, clocking in at a mere 47 pages. Not only does it lack just in pages, but some pages contain barely a few sentences!
This could be fine as a gift book as it has some nice examples on central christian themes and the presentation is of a high quality.
But for a serious spiritual study this is book is inadequate.
Spend your money on 'Sayings' instead which is just superb and has enough substance for years of meditation and thought.
'Lives' is also very interesting and epic.

POSTNOTE: This review refers to the hardcover edition. I need to make this distinction as recently I came across the paperback edition(3rd editon, 1981) in a library and discovered it was a radically different book of substantially more quantity. this site has overlooked this and simply lumped them together. Even though the paperback is still a relatively short 66 pages it contains 239 sayings or anecdotes ranging in length from single sentences to long paragraphs. The hardcover edition(47 pages) is a small selection of this material but containing illustrations. To add even more confusion the first edition of the paperback(1975) is also available under the title 'The Wisdom of the Desert fathers: The Apophthegmata Patrum'. Buyers should take these distinctions into account before purchasing.

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