on 23 November 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.
on 26 November 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.
on 12 February 2013
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.
on 8 November 2014
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.
on 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