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Saint Silouan the Athonite [Paperback]

Archimandrite Sofronii
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  • Paperback: 510 pages
  • Publisher: St Vladimir's Seminary Press,U.S.; New edition edition (1 Feb 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881411957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881411959
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 21.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the autumn of 1892 a young Russian peasant named Simeon from the province of Tambov was drawn to the ancient repository of Orthodox spirituality, Mt Athos. He came to the monastery of St Panteleimon to embark on years of spiritual combat lasting until his death in 1938.

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Elder Silouan, a Russian monk of mount Athos (+1937), was a very simple man of peasant origins. When he was young, he was so strong and "healthy" that he could eat 50 eggs for breakfast. One day, he fought against an accordionist for a girl and left him almost dead.
Then, years later, he went to mount Athos to become a monk, and has been blessed by a personal vision of Jesus-Christ who told him these few but incredibly deep words: "Keep your mind in hell, and despair not."
Archimandrite Sophrony, the author of this book, was saint Silouan's unique disciple, who founded a monastic community in Essex, England. He, too, was a great ascetic and a wonderful "staretz". The present book is both an introduction to the most authentic aspects of Eastern Orthodox ascetic christian life, and a testimony of "the meekest of the theologians of Christ's love", as the Orthodox Church has sung on saint Silouan's nameday since his canonization in 1987.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Apostolic Tradition 22 Jun 2013
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This book gives an insight into orthodox devotion / monastic life that is helpfull in this age of constant erosion of moral and ethical values of the Christian Church.
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5.0 out of 5 stars St. Silouan the Athonite is a living icon of Christ 11 Jun 1999
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This is an expanded version of the out-of-print classic from the same author of A MONK OF MOUNT ATHOS (see customer review from Columbus, Georgia). Both St. Silouan and Archimandrite Sophrony are remarkable men who know the Uncreated Light from experience. These are men who can be guides to a world that has lost comprehension of what a real Christian is and what a human being, free of negative emotions and passions of carnality and pride can be. It is an extraordinary portrait. Archimandrite Sophrony is also someone who practiced eastern meditation prior to his re-conversion to Christianity and he knows from experience the danger of confusing the blissful silent expanse of the human soul, with the infinite God. Not to be missed by anyone who wants to know the essence of Orthodox Christianity from a contemporary 20th century witness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Text book for salvation 24 Aug 2007
By Arsenios - Published on
It is one thing believing there is a God, and something else knowing there is one! This book explains step by step how using faith and prayer one evokes Devine Grace through which one gets to actually know God, and speak with him face to face. This is the fundamental difference between other faiths and beliefs and Orthodoxy. The living proof provided by people, often meek and illiterate, who have trodden along the narrow path and have been graced to achieve the ultimate. A must for everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem 27 Aug 2007
By M. Harrington - Published on
When I first read this book I skipped the first half. Not because it was bad. Rather, it was very sophisticated in it's form. Having recently finished the complete book, I must say this is a must for all Orthodox. St. Silouan as allowed us to see inside of his world and the struggles which he had to endure. He gives us a shinning example on how to, "keep our minds in hell, but not to despair." If you are interested in Eastern Orthodoxy, this would be a great introduction with some help from an EO Priest to explain some of the terms.To read the Saints words and his love for all of Gods creation and how he wept in prayer for the whole world...

St. Silouan pray to God for us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Medicine for my heart 1 Jan 2011
By George Papapgeorge - Published on
This book was given to me in the year 2000 by dear friends Fr. John & Lyn Breck.
I could not have imagined that a book about the man Silouan would turn into a spiritual brotherhood with him.
That alone has been an important part of spiritual life over the past 11 years. His teaching though, on loving our enemies, the Grace of God and on pride has been an on going resource for my everyday life.
I am thankful for the illumination that comes from this man and this book.
George Papageorge - Danville, California
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be read slowly with thought 30 Dec 2012
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To me this is not an easy read. The author is clear, has a good organization, vocabulary and writing style, but the subject matter requires thought to assimilate. It is not a quick read. The world of an ascetic monk is truly foreign to me and this may account for some of my opinion. The perspective and theology took me some getting used to but I have found it deeply rich and it has really transformed my prayer life and my approach to spirituality. This book is well worth the effort.
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