Silence and Honey Cakes: The Wisdom Of The Desert Paperback – 19 Nov 2004
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'A profound yet readable book.' --The Tablet
About the Author
Rowan Williams was enthroned as the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury in 2003. He had previously been Archbishop of Wales. Before becoming a bishop, he was Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at Oxford. He is the author of a number of highly acclaimed books, including Lost Icons (Continuum), Poems (Perpetua), Christ on Trial (Zondervan), Resurrection (DLT) and Writing in the Dust (Hodder & Stoughton).
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The sayings and lives of the so-called desert fathers, who many centuries ago inhabited ancient Syria and a number of surrounding territories have in recent times attracted the attention of many modern readers. The translation of a number of their writings by Sister Benedicta Ward, in particular, has assisted in this, as she has made what these distant believers taught available in a helpful collection in English.
Rowan Williams' book offers a discussion of a number of the most important features of the spirituality of the desert fathers - their asceticism, conceptions of God and the world, and their relationships to others. He offers only a sketch, but does enough to bring the world of his subjects alive.
At the end of the book, there is a transcript of a question and answer session between Williams and a number of interlocutors at a conference in Australia. I felt this was an excellent addition to the book, since the questions posed all relate to how the ideas and examples of the desert fathers can be understood for their relevance here and now, and because Williams' answers intimate (with,for him, an unusual degree of clarity) how he personally conceives the important role of the desert monks in his own spiritual life.
Williams gives a methodical exposition of the message he takes from the lives of these eccentric and imposing individuals. The original stories can be witty, poignant, powerful; Williams chooses well from the collections of their sayings and weaves an engaging picture.Read more ›
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What an excellent , highly readable book. This is a brilliant introduction to the ways of the desert fathers and mothers. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon customer
A wonderfully intimate thought provoking exploration of the lives and writings of the desert monks of the 5th century. Read morePublished 2 months ago by L.W
A deeply spiritual book full of gentle wisdom. Easier to follow then other books I have tried to read by Rowen Williams. Well worth reading and re reading.Published 8 months ago by Vanessa Eales
My introduction to rowan Williams, a truly excellent lent read. Have shared it, revisit it and find it excellent to return to.Published 14 months ago by Jay Fostrick