Silence And Honey Cakes: The Wisdom Of The Desert
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Silence And Honey Cakes: The Wisdom Of The Desert

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Published November 21st 2003 by Lion Books (first published 2003)
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J.
I asked someone who was a fan of Rowan Williams and his works what the most accessible book in his canon was and they came up with this. This short book is based on a series of seminars that Williams gave in Sydney, 2001 for the World Community for Christian Meditation. Around the beginning of the 3rd century A.D. hermits, ascetics and monks, seemingly inspired by the founder St.Anthony set themselves up in the Egyptian desert. Their purpose was experiential, didactic and also one of renunciatio...more
Andrew Doohan
With its origins in the 2001 John Main Seminar held in Sydney, this book by the (now former) Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, is an absolute gem for anyone wishing to deepen their appreciation of the spiritual life as seen through the eyes of the early desert fathers and mothers.

Written in a very accessible style - you can almost hear the author speaking them aloud in his unmistakable voice - there is much insight and wisdom to be gleaned for the modern spiritual seeker. It just goes to...more
Naomi
Reflecting on lessons from the desert fathers and mothers, Rowan Williams's John Main lectures give contemporary christians a fresh window on those teachings, especially in light of the Questions and Answers at the end.
Maria Longley
Drawing on the wisdom of the desert fathers and mothers this book looks at what they said and did and then also how we might use that knowledge in our lives and practise today. It helped explain and contextualise some of the sayings and thoughts for me. It's written in a very accessible style and I find it quite amazing that this started life as a lecture (how long was that!?!), I was also impressed by the quality of the Q&A at the end of the book which was based on the Q&A after the tal...more
Rachael Eliz
Brilliant! Our current Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams writes about the value of silence, the history of the desert fathers/mothers, and what Church really means (or at least should mean!).
Chris Hall
Lots of words but thankfully not too many.

Not quite sure what the point of the book was.

Yawn.

Mark Payne
He's a clever one our Rowan. Delightful as always.
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Brilliant.
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Rowan Douglas Williams, Baron Williams of Oystermouth, is an Anglican bishop, poet, and theologian. He was Archbishop of Canterbury from December 2002-2012, and is now Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge.
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