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The Way of a Pilgrim: and the Pilgrim Continues his Way

The Way of a Pilgrim: and the Pilgrim Continues his Way [Kindle Edition]

R.M French , R. M French
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With an introduction by Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh, The Way of a Pilgrim presents one of Russia’s greatest spiritual classics of Christian truth in an unpretentious literary prose of genuine beauty. An unknown pilgrim of the mid-nineteenth century tells his story of wandering through Russia and Siberia, from one holy place to another, in search of the way of prayer. R. M. French’s superb translation conveys the charm of the original as well as brilliantly conveying the spiritual truths of the gospel, which are never bound to or owned by a particular culture. In the much-loved sequel, The Pilgrim Continues His Way, the narrator shares more of his story. He describes his journeyings among the holy places of Russia and his challenging encounters with holy people, the desire still burning within him to discover deeper experiences of prayer and draw closer to the heart of God.

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The Revd Reginald Michael (R. M.) French (1884-?) was Vicar of St James's, West Hampstead.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: SPCK (20 Jan 2012)
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
As a Christian from a Presbyterian tradition, I came to this book as a relative outsider, unfamiliar with Orthodox spirituality. Perhaps because of that I found this short book so engrossing. It provides a fascinating account of a Russian pilgrim's search for a life of 'unceasing prayer', and in the process provides a unique window into nineteenth century Russian religious life. I have often been sceptical of Orthodox Christianity - especially its emphasis on ritual and repetition. This little book, however, forced me to make a reappraisal. While questions might remain, it is impossible not to be struck, in this personal account, of the reality of the pilgrim's relationship with and experience of Christ. It is an essential read for anyone seeking an introduction to Orthodoxy, and I believe for Christians in general. There is much to be learnt from this wonderful little book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless! 5 Jan 2012
By Georgay
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Wonderful in its simplicity. It also introduced me to the Philokalia which I don't regret and ignited an interest in the Orthodox Church. The book might not appeal to an atheist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Too nice to be missed! 27 July 2011
This little book is a really nice read, easy to go through and full of wisdom and inspiration. It led me to dig deeper into the contemplative aspect of Chritian life which has been very exciting and revelating.
I Highly recomment it, particualrly if you find theological books tedious and difficult.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 17 Aug 2014
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An amazing book filled with spiritual insight, which has virtually vanished in modern times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Praying Unceasingly - the Prayer of the Heart 19 Jun 1999
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How does one obey the scriptural imperative to "Pray without ceasing?" The simple pilgrim (we learn his background in bits and snatches) sets out to learn how... from both the wise and the simple he meets on the road. In a period and place where a cup of tea is a rare treat and a book one's sole possession, glimpses of disaster and survival, madness and understanding, suffering and joy, simplicity and layers of implications appear with every turn in the road.
"Pray, and do not labor much to conquer your passions by your own strength. For 'greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world,' (1 John 4:4), says holy Scripture."
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Spiritual Enlightening Story 30 Sep 2005
By David S. Belding Sr. - Published on
I have read this book twice....I especially like French's translation. It opens an aspect of the Christian Life which is not delt with in Western Christian thought or spiritual disciplian. It opens an aspect of Christianity which I found very meaningful and powerful. The book was a true blessing.

Fr. David Belding
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be Six Stars!! 21 Sep 1999
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A great Christian masterpiece! Reading this book gives one appreciation and thanks for the Lord's grace and mercy. A wonderful guide to life - especially in this hectic modern society. Very mystical but also very practical following in the tradition of most Orthodox spiritual essays. Highly recommended to all Christians seeking a deeper understanding of taking up one's Cross.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Virtually Unknown Christian Classic! 29 Jun 2005
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Though virtually unknown in Western Christianity, THE WAY OF A PILGRIM, is one of the most revered classics of Orthodox spirituality. In the first portion of this book the unnamed pilgrim introduces the reader to hesychasm through use of the "Jesus Prayer" (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner). I found this journal of the pilgrim's travels tedious. The second portion of the book is more of a theological question and answer session between the pilgrim and his companions. I enjoyed this section more. All in all, this is an important book for Protestants to read because it enlarges their awareness of the greater Christian world, but it probably will not make a profound impact by itself.

The book's greatest strength is its usefulness as an introduction to the PHILOKALIA. The PHILOKALIA is a five-part collection of writings on mysticism in the Christian Orthodox tradition. It was written over a period of 11 centuries. 4 of the 5 volumes have been translated into English and are for sale through
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5.0 out of 5 stars I wonder who wrote it? 18 July 2003
By Reijo Oksanen - Published on
Sergius Bolshakoff in his book "Russian Mystics" writes that there is a manuscript copy in the St. Panteleimon Monastery in Mount Athos. Writing in 1956 he adds that this copy is longer than the existing printed version with five extra episodes and a postscript.
The first printed version came out in Kazan in 1884 and was called "Sincere Tales of a Pilgrim to His Spiritual Father". The introduction of this version tells it to be a reproduction of manuscript which Paisius, abbot of St. Michael of the Cheremissi, found and copied on Mount Athos. Paisius died in 1883.
Bolshakoff writes further that he found the above when he was studying the correspondence of Fr. Jerome Solomentsev. He concludes that the pilgrim perhaps visited Mount Athos and wrote or dictated his story for Fr. Jerome.
However, the above is not the whole history. Bolshakoff found further new information on the pilgrim from two letters of Staretz Ambrose of Optino to a nun who was a prioress of a convent and who had read the manuscript of the Tales before it was printed in Kazan.
Bolshakoff: "In his letter Staretz Ambrose writes: "You write that you came across a manuscript which indicates a simple method to learn the Prayer of Jesus, vocal, mental, and of heart. This manuscript was written by a peasant from the province of Orel who was taught the Prayer of Jesus by an unknown Staretz. You write that the manuscript of this peasant ends in 1859. Shortly before that time we heard from our late staretz, Father Macarius, that he was visited by a layman who had attained to such a high degree of spiritual prayer that Fr. Macarius did not know what to tell him. This layman, in order to receive advice, described to our staretz various states of prayer. Fr Macarius could only tell him: 'Be humble' be humble'. Afterwards he told us about this experience with astonishement. I thought at the time that this concerned the Orel merchant Neumuitov who was a great man of prayer, but I think now that he might well be that peasant of whom you write." (p. 236)
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