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On the Edge of the World

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Based on a true story of an early Russian missionary bishop's trip to Eastern Siberia. During his journey he learns through example and suffering that in indigenous peoples of all cultures there is dignity that must be recognized and built upon as a foundation for Christian conversion. Includes appendix, 7 line drawings.
Paperback, 135 pages
Published September 12th 2001 by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press (first published 1875)
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Fr. Ted
Nov 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a favorite book of mine. I've read it 4 times. The story is great. It is the enlightenment of a bishop into the true faith. The bishop is Orthodox and thus a 'true believer.' But he learns from experience what it means to be Christian and the difference between those who are cultural & instiutionally Christians and those who follow Christ whether or not they claim membership in the Church.

Many follow Christ - in all diverse manners - but not all are disciples. Think about any Gospel
О подвиге православных миссионеров сложена повесть “На краю света”. Требовалось просвещать дикие народы, забывающие себя в глухих и далёких местах. Потянулись туда мужи, тяжестей не испугавшиеся. Одним из таких был архиепископ Нил, составивший в 1874 году “Путевые записки”. Знал о них и Николай Лесков, что решил отразить в рассказе “Темняк”, представив тяжести проповедования в условиях севера. Немного погодя рассказ принял вид повести, дополнив яркие картины рассуждениями о текущем положении ...more
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great story about the difference between saying you love Christ and Showing you love Christ no matter the circumstances.
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was on the list of recommended reads this past spring in one of my English classes, and because it was pretty difficult to procure in a timely manner by way of interlibrary loan, I didn't get the chance to finally read it until today. Thank goodness for extended loan dates.

On the Edge of the World was fairly easy to read through, expressing ideas which are direct enough yet deeply profound; the translator did an excellent job of preserving the story in the spirit Leskov intended it,
It was a nice retelling of what missionaries were going through to reach very isolated people in Russia to bring them the faith, and the best attitude to have towards them. Even a bishop can learn a few lessons.
It reminded me of the great story of the Three Simple Men, by Tolstoy, it's really the same spirit.
It made me think of the amazing job done by Bishop now Saint Innocent of Alaska/Moscow.
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