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A Night in the Desert of the Holy Mountain: Discussion with a Hermit on the Jesus Prayer Paperback – Unabridged, January 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Birth of the Theotokos Monastery Greece; 2nd English edition (2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9607070313
  • ISBN-13: 978-9607070319
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 4.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Brent A. Venglish on November 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book focuses on discussions between a holy pilgrim and a true Gerondas. It begins on mount athos, the center of greek orthodoxy. It feels as if one is actually there. The descriptions are magnificently drawn. If you are interested in the Prayer of the Heart, this book is for you. It goes deep deep into discussions on prayer and other very important things such as an argument against buddhism, hinduism and the like, and why prayer of the heart is different and better. Truly a classic, the above professional review dude said it all, im just here to raise my hand and say hey this book rocks.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ecclesial hypostasis on April 16, 2010
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A priest spends an evening (and well into the night) discussing the theory and practice of the Jesus Prayer with an experienced Elder on Mt. Athos. I was reminded of the style of the 'Conferences' of John Cassian, with the eager young disciple seeking wisdom from the experienced monk and wringing out every last piece of insight. The unnamed Elder is a luminous figure; gentle, wise and full of the Spirit. His teaching is obviously derived from genuine experience. We are led systematically through the methods of praying the Jesus Prayer, its benefits and dangers, and the rich rewards that await those who persevere in bringing their heart and mind before God in humble expectation. Probably like most readers I was disappointed that the author cast a veil of silence over the Elder's description of his own vision of the Uncreated Light, but as he points out in the preface, even this silence is edifying.

By the end, we indeed feel that we have spent a night in heaven. Mt. Athos is described as a regained Eden of beauty and divine silence. The thought that such a place, with such inhabitants, still exists in the world today moves me with awe at the grace of God.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Long on January 26, 2009
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An awe inspiring work on prayer and the spiritual life. Simple and clear yet incredibly profound. Your heart will be moved to seek deeper communion with Christ.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By anthony on August 25, 2013
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Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner

A night in the desert of the Holy Mountain records a conversation on the Prayer of the Heart - the Jesus Prayer between the Metropolitan of Nafpaktos, Hierotheos and an Athonite Hermit.

The book begins with a very vivid and truly magnificent description of both Holy Mount Athos, and what it means to be an Orthodox Christian Monk. "The chorus of Holy Ascetics flees from what is contrary to nature, salvages what is according to nature and becomes worthy of the gifts which are beyond nature...[Y]ou regard them as dressed in rags, as unapproachable because of their lack of regard for tidiness and the ascetic practise of not washing, yet you very soon see them as 'undying plants producing splendid fruit, lillies evergreen and always fragrant' whose fragrance always satisfies you! And all this because Christ the True Life lives in them...[I]n every Athonite monk who follows in the footsteps of the Holy Fathers and lives according to their teachings, you can discern, if you have the Spirit of God within you, the coexistence of two seemingly opposite states - death and life. Life springs from a daily death and death becomes more dead from enjoyment of Life. The more death (sin) is put to death, the more the life of Christ is experienced..."

The discussion which follows on from this is literally life changing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George Papapgeorge on July 10, 2011
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This book is a gift to my heart.
If ever one finds themselves grieving, this work offers comfort; if ever in a dry barren desert, this work offers a deep well of life, love and motivation to live the life God has created us to live.
A very compelling book!
George Papageorge MFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Danville, California
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