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The Inner Kingdom

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This work is a revised and expanded version of a book that has appeared in several languages. It focuses on themes central to Eastern Christian worship and spiritual life. The first three chapters provide insights on death, bereavement and resurrection in Christ; and repentance. Chapters four and five invite the reader into the world of desert ascetics and hesychast monks. ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press (first published August 1st 2000)
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Youhanna William
من اجمل و اعمق الكتب التي قرأتها في الفترة الأخيرة .. جدد مفاهيمي و رد على تساؤلات كثيرة كانت تجري بأعماقي .. استطاع المؤلف بنجاح ان يتواصل معي في كل فصل من فصول الكتاب حتى الفصل الرابع بالرغم من كونه بعيدا عن حياتي ..
Michael Lujan
Aug 09, 2011 Michael Lujan rated it it was amazing
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This was one of the first books I read on my journey into Orthodoxy. I mistook it for an introduction to the faith, which it is not, not at least formally. But it served as a good introduction for me personally, by way of showing me where my previous very general spiritual beliefs (based largely on the Traditionalism of Rene Guenon and Julius Evola) were given flesh and bone by Orthodoxy, and where they were mistaken (his discussion on the Resurrection was especially instructive in the latter re ...more
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Jun 17, 2015 Bola Aziz rated it it was amazing
من اجمل واعمق الكتب الروحية التي تتكلم عن هدوء وصمت القلب الداخلي ... فالقول الافتتاحي لذلك الفصل من الكتاب لن انساه ابدا ...
ان الحقيقة الالهية لا تكمن في الكلام ، بل في الصمت ، في هدوء القلب ، حيث نثبت بعد عناء طويل ...
Justin Morgan
Nov 22, 2012 Justin Morgan rated it it was amazing
An extremely readable collection of essays by the famous author of The Orthodox Church, probably the most influential introduction to the Eastern Tradition written in English. That being said, this is not an introduction to the Orthodox Church, but rather a collection of very well researched essays on various topics from an Orthodox point of view. What I particularly appreciate about these essays, besides their accessibility, is their reliance on the orthodox tradition and their emphasis on cont ...more
Jan 29, 2008 DROPPING OUT rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Carol, Debbi, Seth, Josh
Bishop Kallistos (Timothy) Ware's first book, The Orthodox Church (Penguin, 1963) was his first book I read 25 years ago on the recommendation of a friend who was an Orthodox Christian. The book was revised ten years ago and is due for a re-visit. Before I do so, I decided to dip into The Inner Kingdom, the first of a projected six-volume set of his collected writings. In the past 45 years Bishop Ware has penned dozens of articles and given who-knows-how-many-lectures on every aspect of Orthodox ...more
Nov 14, 2008 Christopher rated it it was amazing
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The writings of Kallistos Ware have made me completely re-evaluate my previous contempt for the Christian church. After reading The Orthodox Way I was hungry for more of his down to earth, yet intellectual Christian writing, and luckily enough was able to borrow another of his books from the same guy who let me borrow the first. This one is more of a collection of individual writings more than any sort of narrative that was in TOW. I love the author's down-to-earth writing style, and highly reco ...more
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Amos Smith
Sep 17, 2015 Amos Smith rated it it was amazing
Kallistos Ware does not disappoint. He has depth and is acquainted with the deepest spiritual traditions of Christianity. This book and "The Orthodox Way" are an excellent introduction to his writing. In this book I particularly appreciated his treatment of elders in Orthodox Tradition and his words about the Eighteenth Century Russian hermit, Seraphim of Sarov, whose life and witness have numerous similarities with Anthony of Egypt fifteen centuries earlier. These two giants echo the depths of ...more
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Jun 10, 2012 David Withun rated it really liked it
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I haven't read anything by Metropolitan Kallistos that wasn't excellent and enlightening. Some of the topics that this book covers, and covers very well, are spiritual elders, fools for Christ, death, and universal salvation. This book seems to focus especially on the charismatic gifts within the Orthodox Church, which makes an excellent resource for those who want to know more about these are they are lived in the Orthodox Church. His personal conversion story, which opens the book, is also won ...more
May 24, 2016 Valerie rated it it was amazing
This book is a treasure for Orthodox Christians and an approachable read for those who want to learn about theological topics from Eastern Christianity. Bishop Kallitos includes essays on "the mystery of death and resurrection; repentance, worship; wonder; prayer without ceasing and silence in prayer; martyrdom; the spiritual guide; time; and most insightful of all "dare we hope for the salvation of all." Do not be put off by scholarship. This book is written not only by one of the best minds in ...more
Feb 29, 2016 Volkert rated it it was amazing
An amazing collection of essays by the renowned Orthodox Christian thinker, theologian, author and bishop, Kallistos Ware on a wide variety of topics from a brief story of his conversion to the Orthodox faith, to prayer, silence, martyrdom, having a spiritual guide, fools for Christ, and universalism (will everyone eventually be saved?).

I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this, but aside from one or two dryer essays, I found this collection to be accessible and inspiring and it
Jan 15, 2014 Mimi rated it it was amazing
A very approachable collection of essays by Metropolitan KALLISTOS. A dear friend said that in her copy, it falls open to the essay on Death. I can see me returning to that essay again and again, but I also found the chapters on repentance, Holy Fools, and Salvation to also be keepers.
An excellent read, excellent resource. I know this will not be my only reading.
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His Excellency, the Most Reverend Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia (b. 1934, also known by his lay name, Timothy Ware) is a titular metropolitan of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Great Britain. From 1966-2001, he was Spalding Lecturer of Eastern Orthodox Studies at Oxford University, and has authored numerous books and articles pertaining to the Orthodox Christian faith.
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