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Journeying Into God Paperback – September 5, 2000


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  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Fortress Press (September 5, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800628551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800628550
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,607,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Greek

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 1998
Format: Paperback
A fascinating collection of texts about monks and their ways in the ancient middle east. The most intriguing are two (Pambo and Onnuphrius) that must be classed as imaginative literature of the spiritual journey. George of Choziba is the most down-to-earth and realistic, despite all the miracles. One minor cavil: Vivian's over-literal translation style sometimes falls into a kind of "translatese" with odd results. But never mind, this book is a major boon to those of us who haven't had access to many writings of this kind in English.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Didaskalex VINE VOICE on December 24, 2004
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A Prelude:

This book tells seven stories of early monastic spirituality of the desert fathers and mothers founded in fourth century Egypt. Monastic vocation of seeking God, in earnest quest imitating Jesus spread east, west and north even after the advent of Islam in the seventh century. For a first time reader, an introductory initiation into the desert spirituality would enhance probing to enjoying reading. 'The Desert Fathers, Antony and Pachomius, 'by Philip Rousseau, could be a prelude to the mystical experience. (The study of spirituality, C. Jones et al, pp. 119-130)

Actualizing Divine Journeying:

The importance of the endeavor of Tim Vivian could not be supported better than the eminent Patristic Charles Kannengiesser in stating that; "A spiritual achievement Maintains its value by being actualized from one generation to another. History needs to be more than a dead archive. It needs the vivid enactment of a tradition which keeps it alive in the heart and mind of people."

Patristic in Modernity:

The main challenge for such authentic effort to make original sources available is expressed by Fr. H. Alfeyev; "The distance-in time, culture, and spirituality- between the fathers and us is too great, it seems too difficult to surmount the obstacles that confound our attempts to penetrate the mind of the fathers. ... The works of the fathers are not a mere museum exhibit, just as the 'patristic faith' should not be understood as only a heritage of past centuries."

In Conclusion:

Rowan Greer, of Yale divinity, and Patristic scholar & author would give you an expert view; "Much more, however, needs to be said. Dr.
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