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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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Michael Lujan
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
Jan 29, 2008 DROPPING OUT rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Justin Morgan
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
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
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.
David Withun
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
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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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