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Orthodox Spiritual Life according to Saint Silouan the Anthonite Paperback – 1 Jan 1999

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  • Paperback: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Saint Tikhon's Seminary Press,US (1 Jan. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878997602
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878997609
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14 x 1.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,530,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A humble giant 13 Mar. 2001
By Moses Alexander - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
St. Silouan is a man of our times. He was Russian by birth, but spent the majority of his life on Mount Athos. St. Silouan's teachings are radical, but totally Christ-centered. His treatises on love of fellow man, love for one's enemies and love for all of creation are awe-inspiring. While thoroughly Christian and well grounded in the Fathers, his teachings seem quite radical at times to both Orthodox Christians as well as non-Orthodox Christians and non-Christians. Not radical in a right wing sense, but radical in his all encompassing love for all of God's creation. His views would inspire ecologists and those in the modern environmental movement. These ideas are totally in line with those of older saints like St. Isaac of Syria.
Dr. Boosalis has put together a wonderful summation of the major tenents of St. Silouan's teachings. There are countless splended quotes from the saint on prayer, love, repentance, grace and countless other topics. The only problem I had with the book is that the copious amount of footnotes is sometimes cumbersome and breaks the flow of the reading. All that aside, this is still an excellent primer into the world of St. Silouan. The primary source for this book is "St. Silouan the Athonite" by Elder Sophrony (still in print) which should also be read.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Academic and Scholarly, but 30 Aug. 2013
By David - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My intention on ordering this book, was to get a 'sense' of Saint Siluan.
While the Books title would lead you to think such would be found, it really is not about the life of Saint Silouan, but rather a sampling of some brief comments made by the saint, compared with those of historical Orthodox Ascetics.
On some pages, the footnotes take up nearly as much space as the text itself.
Having taken some College coursework that required APA formatting, it reminds me of the sort of book written for a Peer-Review of Academia.
There are brief moments when the book shows signs of life, but there are no life examples or any sense of the humanity of Saint Siluan, save for a very few pages in the beginning.
It is very 'Theological' if that is what you seek, and the Author goes to great lengths to establish his credibility.
I would rather that he had chosen a more accurate title for his book, perhaps.
What comes to mind is our Lord's comments about the Pharisees, Matthew 23:3,4 KJV
Saying, The scribes and Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:
All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do ye not after their works: for they say, and do not.
For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
And it is worthy of note, that the Author with all his meticulous attention to 'citing sources', which appeals to academia and peer review scholars, has taken a very cavalier approach to the use of Bible Translations.
I believe that we do have the Word of God preserved and protected in the Authorized King James Version.
The NKJV and RSV and others are diluted and weaker translations, of inferior textual sources.
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