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An Introduction to the Desert Fathers by John Wortley
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it was amazing
bookshelves: benedictine-spirituality, christian-spirituality, church-history, monasticism, religion

There are many books around introducing the Desert Monastics, many of them very good. This book is better than many other very good books available. The writing is clear and highly reflective, with generous quotes from the Desert literature. Wortley discusses at length the issues of spirituality such as prayer and humility but also gives much information on the social and historical context of the desert movement. The social relations between the monastics and with other people is also examined at some length. The reader who knows little about the subject and would like a good start will find this a very helpful lead-in. Those of us who have studied this subject for years are sure to learn at least a few new things, maybe quite a few new things. Highly recommended for those interested in monastic spirituality and the history of the early church.
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October 4, 2019 – Shelved
October 4, 2019 – Shelved as: benedictine-spirituality
October 4, 2019 – Shelved as: christian-spirituality
October 4, 2019 – Shelved as: church-history
October 4, 2019 – Shelved as: monasticism
October 4, 2019 – Shelved as: religion
October 4, 2019 – Finished Reading

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