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The Jesus Prayer [Paperback]

Lev Gillet , Kallistos Ware
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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: St Vladimir's Seminary Press,U.S.; 2nd Revised edition edition (15 Oct 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881410136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881410136
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 690,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have 15 Dec 2013
By Alex
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Such things as books about Jesus Prayer are never will be enough. Especially when someone so pure and nice as Lev Jillet would talk about it with all openness and sincerity. I treasure all his books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Historical Overview of Jesus Prayer 18 Feb 2002
By Xavier Thelakkatt - Published on Amazon.com
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Fr Lev Gillet attempting a historical survey of Jesus Prayer renders a very good introduction on the subject that whets one's appetite for more. This short book provides answers to a few fundamental questions about the Jesus Prayer as to what it is and why it continues to appeal to Christians both in the East and the West. The book not only furnishes some historical information but guides one to a special love for this form of prayer which is sure to lead one to Jesus Christ. Ever since its appearance some fifty years ago, this book has remained somewhat a 'minor classic' of spiritual life.
The author, self-styled as "The monk of the Eastern Church" or 'Archimandrite Lev Gillet' is somewhat an enigmatic personality whose life and search for truth are rather elaborately dealt in the 'Forward' by Bishop Kallistos Ware of Diokleia. This Forward is very helpful in situating the importance of this book. Being a theological study, the book contains some theological terms as well as a few words in Greek and in Latin.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Jesus Prayer-Heart of Orthoxdox Prayer 23 Nov 2006
By Mr. Robert C. Bonds - Published on Amazon.com
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As one who has been on a journey toward Orthodoxy for nearly a year, I had read about the Jesus Prayer in other books and when I saw this work by Archimandrite Lev Gillet, I immediately made the purchase.

Fr. Gillet is a very interesting individual, he was not raised in the Orthodox tradition but came to Orthodoxy through his own study over numerous years as a Roman priest. The first part of his work tells his story, which I found quite fascinating. Fr. Gillet came to Orthodoxy in the early 20th century which was not a time of numerous converts to the Eastern Church.

The heart of this work, is the history and theology of the Jesus Prayer, while very interesting, is a very heavy read for those who do not have a theological background. Conversely, those who have a solid theological grounding, who have studied Orthodoxy and are familiar with the Jesus Prayer, which I believe is at the heart of individual prayer for devout Orthodox Christians, will find this book worthwhile and if they have not taken upon themselves to use the Jesus Prayer as part of their prayer life; they will after reading Fr. Gillet's work.

The Jesus Prayer, is not for those starting their search into Orthodoxy especially if their theological knowledge is sparse. There are other books for searchers.

This work will remain in my library, to be read again at a later day, when I have a fuller appreciation of what it means to be a devout Orthodox Christian.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Overview 20 Sep 2007
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This book is a wonderful overview of the Jesus Prayer. As a bonues there is even simple instruction and advice on how to practice this prayer yourself. Recommended!
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