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Silence and Honey Cakes: The Wisdom Of The Desert Paperback – 19 Nov 2004
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'A profound yet readable book.' --The Tablet
A bestselling title which draws inspiration from the desert fathers and mothers, now in paperback First published in hardback in November 2003, and having since sold over 11,000 copies in the UK alone, this highly acclaimed book from Rowan Williams (the first published since his enthronement as the Archbishop of Canterbury) is now available in an accessible paperback edition. In this inspirational and fascinating book, the Archbishop looks at the stories of the desert fathers and mothers - a group of Christian monks and nuns living in the Egyptian desert in the 3rd to 5th centuries - concentrating on the wisdom, insights and spirituality found in their writings. In reflecting on the legacy of these extraordinary people and looking at how they lived their lives intimately with God, Rowan Williams contemplates how their spirituality resonates with and can inspire today's spiritual search to reach a unity with God and our fellow neighbours.Williams looks at various topics where the spiritual search of the desert fathers and mothers touches our own, including: living in relationship with others; discovering the truth about ourselves; reassessing our priorities; silence and the importance of language; living in a fearless community; living within our limitations; life and death; and staying and leaving. See all Product description
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Skeptical of some aspects of the emerging catholic church these men and women devoted themselves to Christian community, devotion, reflection and above all, the pursuit of living in simplicity and humbleness.
With today's current trend of many of us trekking off to distant lands to experience poverty and different kinds of community this book reminds us that this trend is not really as new as we think. Many people have always yearned to put their busy, hectic stressful lives on hold. While the current trend tends more towards narcissism and the quest to find the real "me" these earlier people attempted to build better relations with each other, to worship God as they saw right and to practice the teachings of the new testament.
Rowan Williams has done an excellent job of balancing description and analysis, gently letting the voices of the past speak for themselves while at the same time pointing out many of our contemporary problems apply to the questions this group of people were asking all those years ago in North Africa. For instance the issue of restlessness is discussed by the desert fathers, a timeless problem.
Explores the reasons behind some Anglican thinking and helped me appreciate so much more, as I haven’t a background in that form of church.
Older book but don’t be put off, it is full of ageless wisdom and bang up to today’s needs.