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Letters from the Desert [Paperback]

By Carlo Carretto (Author), Rose M. Hancock (Translator) & Lawrence S. Cunningham (Foreword by)
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At the age of 44, after a prominent career as a Catholic activist, Carlo Carretto was summoned by a voice that said: "Leave everything, come with me into the desert. I don't want your action any longer, I want your prayer, your love." Carretto responded by leaving for North Africa, where he joined the Little Brothers of Jesus and embraced the example of Charles de Foucauld. Among the fruits of Brother Carlo's response was Letters from the Desert, the first and most popular of his many books. Its life-affirming message has inspired countless readers in a dozen languages. Simply, it reminds us that in the evening of our lives we will be judged by love.

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Studio: Orbis Books
Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.1" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2002
Publisher   Orbis Books
Edition  Anniversary  
ISBN  1570754314  
ISBN13  9781570754319  

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Reviews - What do customers think about Letters from the Desert?

letters from the desert  Jun 19, 2008
This was a awesome book. A spiritual journey that has touched my life for the better. I feel that this book should be mandatory for all catholics
Letters from the Desert by Carlo Carretto  Jul 10, 2006
This is a small but powerful book. If you are seeking assistance is listening to God and building your relationship with him, this is the book for you. I am about to read it again, slowly. I just bought 10 copies to give to friends. I do not know that I have ever done that.

Transcends the Liberal/Conservative Divide  Apr 14, 2005
In middle age, Carlo Carretto left a full life as an "outstanding Catholic layman" to begin a new life as a hermit-priest of the Little Brothers of Jesus, a religious order inspired by the example of Charles de Foucauld, the playboy-turned-priest who left France a century ago to live as a hermit amongst the Tuareg nomads of the Sahara. Carretto is a worthy successor to the example of Foucauld, living a life of prayer and poverty and silent witness in a precarious Islamic environment.

Carretto speaks movingly and without apology in the language of his inherited Catholicism, yet always succeeds - without affectation or pandering - in making ancient teachings seem new, alive, and relevant. His theology is solidly based in the Bible and in Catholic tradition, yet he speaks with a personal authority grounded in sacrifice and a lifetime committment to God, the Church, and his fellow man.

Above all, in a Church increasingly riven by struggles between right and left, liberal and conservative, Carretto combines in himself the best aspects of both, i.e., an inward piety grounded in prayer, meditation, and the sacraments, coupled with a social awareness open to the problems and concerns of the world, especially the world of the poor and disaffected.

This book is both timeless and contemporary, the hallmark of a book written from the heart and to the heart.

Life Changing  Mar 8, 2004
In a day and age where following Christ has been brought down to wealth, health and a membership to all the Bless ME clubs...this book is worlds apart. Mr. Carretto has the gift of taking deep...penetrating truths...and translating them into an easily understandable read....that will change the heart and mind of any life who's sincerely hungry for a more intimate life with the Lord Jesus Christ. Mr. Carretto allowed Christ to strip him of a life of selfish...self serving, self seeking ways...and as he surrendered his all to the Master...he shares how Christ gave him back so much more than he'd ever had.
True oneness with God. The reality of how genuine their relationship all through this book.

I cannot say enough good things about this book.....just buy it and be prepared to have your foundation rocked...if that's what you're looking for....if anything at all is propping you up...anything at or society....even one's own vices...get ready to make some changes...
If change is not what you're looking better pass on this one....I cannot imagine one reading this...and staying the same.

A Neglected Gem of Christian Spirituality  May 30, 2003
However you can, as soon as you can . . . get this book. It is rich throughout, but the third or fourth chapter (apologies, I'm not sure which one off hand) is worth almost any price. It is one of the few passages I have ever read that has made a lasting, lifelong impact on my life with Christ. Go ahead, make the decision. You will be glad you did. In an age of "instant" Christianity, Mr. Carretto is a refreshing journey in the nuances of the soul, acknowledging the beauty and pain of what it means to follow Christ in a fallen world.

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