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Heaven Begins Within You: Wisdom from the Desert Fathers
The Christian hermits, ascetics, and monks of early history had deep insight into the nature and aspirations of humankind. Drawing on their experiences in the cloisters of the desert they became sought after mentors, teachers, and spiritual guides. This book is filled with poignant wisdom stories relating their message to modern daily life.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by The Crossroad Publishing Company
(first published April 1st 1999)
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I wish the author chose a different title, but don't we all do that! In essence, the book presents the monks of old times to us so that we as laity can draw upon their spiritual experiences, in an easy-to-do, practical ways. Monks can be intimidating for us as laity but the author brings them as real people with real struggles showing their full humanity and ours too and how we today can get some practical tips for living out our Christianity with enjoyment. All of course in grace and live it al ...more
Anselm Grün terminated his school years in 1964 with the A-level equivalent Abitur at the grammar school in Würzburg, Germany. In the same year he began as a novice at the nearby Benedictine Münsterschwarzach Abbey. From 1965 to 1971 he studied philosophy and theology at St. Ottilien Archabbey and in Rome. In 1974 he completed his PhD in theology on Karl Rahner. From 1974 to 1976 Anselm Grün studi ...moreMore about Anselm Grün...