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Praying with the Desert Mothers

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Fourth- and fifth-century desert mothers in the Mediterranean region, known as ammas (spiritual mothers), were the founders of Christian community in the early church. Praying with the Desert Mothers introduces the lives, sayings, and stories of these remarkable spiritual elders. It enriches readers' lives and compels them to return in meditation and prayer. For each topic ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Liturgical Press
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Keith
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
There isn't much out there on the Desert Mothers. Mary Forman does a great job of bringing their lives and exhortations together in a meaningful and formative way. Each chapter focuses on a different virtue, beginning with a devotional Scripture reading and prayer before getting into the teaching for that particular area. She shares the teaching and example of the desert Ammas along with a contemporary example, often from her own life as a Benedictine. Finally, it closes with a reflective prayer ...more
Ali
Jun 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Mary Forman presents stories of the desert mothers according to themes such as Midwives of Wisdom and Heralds in the Desert, along with a contemporary example often from Forman’s own experience in monastic communities. Each chapter begins with a scripture reference and ends with an invitation the spend time in prayer and reflection on the chapter’s theme. I did not always look up the scripture reference nor did I take time to reflect after reading the chapter. Still I found it valuable and a dif ...more
Julia
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this for class. I had to do a quick reading of it for an assignment, I would have liked to take my time with it and spaced it out. I like the set-up with the mix of ancient and contemporary with reflection questions and prayers
Sarah Yasin
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is scholarly and more serious than others on the topic of Ammas. It contains reflection exercises which are nice, but I feel they take away from the importance of the book.
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