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  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (28 Feb. 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571130135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571130139
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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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"


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""

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 Philokalia Vol 1 - here translated and edited by G. E. H. Palmer - is the most influential book besides the bible in the recent history of the Orthodox church.

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Ignore the comments about this being a pdf. Amazon have allowed reviews from different editions to mix up. This kindle version has chaptes that can be clicked and lead you straight to the sections you want to read. No formatting problems - no issues of any kind.
Having got that out of the way - it's hard to believe that all those expensive volumes can be downloaded for such a small price. If you are familiar with The Philokalia you need no explanation, if you don't you're probably not Orthodox so it may not be what you're looking - what we have here is the meat of Christian spirituality from those who have reached the heights.
One word of warning - some of this material is intended for aescetics and if every Tom Dick and Harry tries to apply these teachings to themselves without proper spiritual direction it may lead to mishaps.
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If you know about this book it needs no review, for those who do not it is a collection of stories and letters with lessons to be learnt from deep meaningful reflection on ones life compared to those mentioned. It is not a light read and should be taken in small stages. you cant read this cover to cover and not ever use it again.
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Perfect!
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If you know about this book it needs no review, for those who do not it is a collection of stories and letters with lessons to be learnt from deep meaningful reflection on ones life compared to those mentioned. It is not a light read and should be taken in small stages. you cant read this cover to cover and not ever use it again.
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This book is about the true Christianity.
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It is tough read, but worth the effort
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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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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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