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Light Through Darkness: The Orthodox Tradition (Traditions of Christian Spirituality) [Paperback]

By John Chryssavgis (Author)
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This book takes us on a journey into the heart of Orthodox spirituality: another reality, another way of seeing things, a world of silence, mystery, and beauty that stretches backward over two thousand years and extends upward in prayer to eternity. In this survey of Orthodox spirituality John Chryssavgis explores familiar themes such as liturgy and sacrament, theology, monasticism, hesychastic prayer, as well as "the book of nature," spiritual direction, and "the scandal of the cross."

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Studio: Orbis Books
Pages   156
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.48" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.52"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2004
Publisher   Orbis Books
Series  Traditions of Christian Spirituality  
ISBN  1570755485  
ISBN13  9781570755484  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Father John Chryssavgis is an award-winning author of books for children and adults, a translator, an educator, and a Greek Orthodox priest. Fr. John s books include The World My Church (co-authored with Sophie Chryssavgis) and In the Heart of the Desert: The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers. Chryssavgis serves as theological adviser to His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of the world s 300 million Orthodox Christians. Born in Australia, Fr. John now lives in Harpswell, ME. Marilyn Rouvelas is an author of several books for children. With Jeanette Aydlette, Marilyn has authored Peter Clashes with Anger, Eleni Looks at Jealousy, and The Truth about Lying, which are aimed at helping children understand when their feelings get out-of-control ("passions") and drawing on the power of being quiet and still to calm themselves. A mother of two grown children and a grandmother of four, Marilyn lives with her husband in Arlington, Virginia, across the river from Washington, D.C. and the Lincoln Memorial. Isabelle Brent is an internationally known artist who has illustrated more than two dozen children s books. She is also well known for her work as an illustrator and designer of greeting cards, gift wrap, and gift bags. Isabelle s paintings have been exhibited at the prestigious Royal Academy of Arts in London. Her art has also been exhibited in Paris, Tokyo, New York, and many other places worldwide. Her books include The Christmas Story from the King James Version and All Creatures Great and Small. Originally from England, Isabelle now lives in France."

John Chryssavgis currently resides in the state of Massachusetts. John Chryssavgis was born in 1958 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Greek Orthodox Church in America Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

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Showing the beauty of Orthodox contemplation, prayer and silence, but with environmental hangups  Oct 6, 2008
Nowadays, when people speak of "spiritual" exploration, they often have in mind the esoterica of Eastern religions or the fuzzy nebulosity of a personal faith that they try to reconcile with science at the same time as hoping for something beyond the physical world. The Traditions of Christian Spirituality series tries to show that there is just as much "spiritual" richness in the Christian tradition as in anything exotic and trendy. I don't know how true that is in other bodies calling themselves Christian, but in LIGHT THROUGH DARKNESS author John Chryssavgis makes his strong case that the Orthodox Church has precisely the kind of wisdom and beauty that the spiritual seeker needs.

Chryssavgis shows how Orthodoxy aims for spiritual transformation and union with God in all its facets. He speaks of the meaning of the liturgy and sacraments, personal prayer and contrition, the not always silent "silence" of the monastic life, and the role of a spiritual father in guiding the individual believer. I especially like his use of quotations from the Desert Fathers with stunning insight, which shows that Orthodox Christianity has wisdom far beyond the Zen koan.

I have only two complaints about the book. The first is that, though this series ostensibly is meant to show seekers that Christianity is worth exploring, the book seems to already assume a great deal of prior experience with the Christian tradition. I just wish that it were written at a level a bit more general. My second complaint is the frequencies of Chryssavgis' references to environmentalism. Chryssavgis is the theological advisor to the Ecumenical Patriach on environmentalism, and has written many texts pointing to a love of the natural world among the Fathers. However, here he makes it seem that environmentalism is a major part of Orthodox Christian practice, while in fact in the lives of the average believers (even Fathers) it is very much subjugated with the much more urgent task of the salvation of human souls. Linking the Orthodox Church with the environmental movement may win it some positive attention from modern secularists, but it risks distorting the actual life of the Church.

This book would seem to work best as some thought-provoking moments for the Orthodox Christian believer who wants to better appreciate the focus on a relationship with God in his own tradition.
Interesting Look into Christian Mysticism and Orthodoxy  Apr 23, 2006
Interesting read for anyone that wants to learn more about Christian Spirituality and Mysticism

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