3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 21 February 2012
The first half of the book tells his life story as though written as an autobiography - taken from the statements recorded by his disciples. This flows very well and you'd never suspect it came from a fragmented source. This is, in fact, the most satisfying part of the book. Hearing the account in his own words is something rare in this kind of book - his personal perception of his spiritual gifts is very uplifting. He recounts the events with a great innocence and lack of guile. The chapters prompt one to turn to prayer.
The second half of the book is a collection of his teachings on various topics. I must confess I didn't find this part of the book as satisfying. I don't wish to say more than that as the first half more than makes up for it and is worth the purchase price.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2013
Elder Porphyrios' sounds out through the shallow intellectualism and the me-centred culture of the post modern western world, with its fixations upon personal comfort and its over emphasis upon the ego. Elder Porphyrios connects us instead to the ancient truths contained within Eastern Orthodox Christian thought and spirituality, a flame which has been nurtured and passed from generation to generation in the Easterm Mediteranean since the Apostles first spread the Gospel to the Hellenic world. This is a Christian spirituality distant from the more over the top emotionalism of some forms of Evangelical Christianity, yet it is deeply imbued with a true love of Christ throughout. This is a writer coming from the hesychastic tradition of Eastern Orthodox Christian spirituality, which is a long way from the dry scholasticism and arud rationalist perspectives so associated with Roman Catholic religious writings. Here is the authentic voice of the Christianity of the Early Christian Church, Christ and Gospel centred, with an emphasis on the endless balm of love and forgiveness offered to our wounded souls by our loving God.