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The Philokalia Vol 1 [Kindle Edition]

Kallistos Ware , G.E.H. Palmer , Philip Sherrard , Kallistos Timothy Ware
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The Philokalia is a collection of texts written between the fourth and fifteenth centuries by spiritual masters of the Orthodox Christian tradition. First published in Greek in 1782, translated into Slavonic and later into Russian, The Philokalia has exercised an influence far greater than that of any book other than the Bible in the recent history of the Orthodox Church.

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"The Philokalia is a collection of texts written in Greek between the fourth and fifteenth centuries by spiritual masters of the Orthodox tradition. Compiled in the 18th century and first published in Venice in 1782, it has had a profound influence on the spiritual life of the Eastern churches." -- "Theology Digest" "A treasure of insight, wisdom, and counsel. The translation is clear and readable." --" Library Journal"

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The second volume of The Philokalia - here translated and edited by G. E. H. Palmer - the most influential book besides the bible in the recent history of the Orthodox church.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 873 KB
  • Print Length: 378 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Non Fiction; Main edition (5 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005G21CFY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #120,345 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wealth of wisdom 23 Nov. 2012
This first volume of "The Philokalia", which means "Love of the beautiful", provides spiritual and plain common sense guidance which are invaluable in today's material obsessed and stressful world. The book layout helps the ordinary layman to not only intellectually understand what spiritual forefathers discovered, but the real gems of reading this, as well as the other volumes, is that it confirms what I have discovered for myself, and it allows for that "Ah ha" experience in awakening to new revalations.

Be warned that this is not pop psychology. "The Philokalia" is the reading equivalent to proper meditation, a subject that is covered in the texts. I am glad to have discovered these volumes as they have been a source of great help to me and have seen me through some tough times.

Needless to say I can't recommend these books highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Serious Call 26 Nov. 2008
To all Christians who would like to deepen their prayer life, tired of the shallow offerings of modernity, this is the book to read, under the direction of a priest or elder. But mind, as the translators stress, in the preface, the reading and interiorising of the book cannot be divorced from a participation in the liturgical life of the Church and the reading of Scripture. It is not just another "method" or vague "spirituality", not to be likened to zen and such like. It forms part of the true Christian tradition and as such cannot be separated from it. Otherwise not only the reading would be useless, but fruitless as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 12 Feb. 2013
By Cocutz
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I bought this book for a friend who recently converted to Orthodoxy and for my husband. As my priest explained, it is a heavy book for a beginner, and therefore it is better to be studied once you have a better insight. Nevertheless, I feel one can take a seed for soul from it and grow with it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary 24 Nov. 2011
The Philokalia has literally revolutionized my prayer life, my private life with God. It has opened my eyes and explained things that previous books only hinted at, only gave shadows of. I would highly recommend that you get a copy.

I've read books and heard sermons by men like Leonard Ravenhill, David Wilkerson, Paul Washer, Paris Reidhead and so on, yet their teaching does not compare to the wealth of insight that this first volume provides. I can only wait in anticipation for the next 3 volumes and pray that the translators hurry up and finish the last volume!

One word of warning though. If you are not a monk, then some of the advice cannot be taken on board. Some of it is extremely severe in terms of bodily denial, and in endurance and fastings and vigils. But even in this there are principals which can be taken on board and put into practice even by the busy husband and father.

A text I would recommend that is more specifically geared toward Prayer is, but is also based on the Philokalia (though contains many texts not found in the original series, and therefore of merit in it's own right and not simply a compilation of texts from the original series.) The Art of Prayer: An Orthodox Anthology.
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4.0 out of 5 stars estern theology 5 April 2009
Theology but Eastern saints and early saints. This edition is 1 of 4 volumes, and is a must if you have the others, although this series has less well-known saints in it.
Tt ought to have been a 5 volume series, but the last volume never got finished. However a must for any serious theologician or priest. I would not be without for a quick review. It gives you a quick inside into many saints
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a discovery on Christian Prayer, 8 Nov. 2014
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An excellent book/series on Christian Prayer, coming from a non Orthodox background there are some amazing instructions on how to pray almost a road map with instructions and advice on how to get to know God. For a lay person the key is to find the balance between advice for monks and persons living in an non monastic environment. There are many guide books on Eastern non Christian Prayer/meditation practice ie Zen etc that are available, however for the Christian seeking God through Jesus Christ this is the series that I have been waiting for for almost 15 years.
Thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars Divine wisdom 21 May 2014
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By our orthodox fathers

I found some of the text to be for the monk and not so much for the layperson

Having said a vast number of the text can be applied to everyday life

This book book helps me understand that TIME is only relevant to matters of the material world

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 25 Mar. 2010
Superb I look forward to collecting this series. Print similar to Penguin Classics - say a thick Dickens.
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