Buy New
$21.44
Qty:1
  • List Price: $24.00
  • Save: $2.56 (11%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Want it Tuesday, April 22? Order within and choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details
Trade in your item
Get a $6.57
Gift Card.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more

Orthodox Prayer Life: The Interior Way Paperback


Amazon Price New from Used from Collectible from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$21.44
$21.44 $14.49

Frequently Bought Together

Orthodox Prayer Life: The Interior Way + The Communion of Love + Words For Our Time The Spiritual Words of Matthew the Poor
Price for all three: $52.18

Buy the selected items together

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Looking for the Audiobook Edition?
Tell us that you'd like this title to be produced as an audiobook, and we'll alert our colleagues at Audible.com. If you are the author or rights holder, let Audible help you produce the audiobook: Learn more at ACX.com.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: St Vladimirs Seminary Pr (December 31, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881412503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881412505
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Father Matta El-Maskeen (Matthew the Poor) is a monk in the Monastery of St Macarius the Great, Wadi El-Natroun, Egypt.

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
13
4 star
4
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 17 customer reviews
You will not find a better book on prayer if you read a million others.
ecclesial hypostasis
If you pray, you will pray with more connection to God...guaranteed; if you don't pray, you may just start.
Mounir Ghaly
The writer is a *Coptic monk who spent most of his life in prayers in the deserts of Egypt.
Adel Y. Abdelmalak

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Olsen on January 11, 2007
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is based upon the notes of a contemporary Egyptian Orthodox Christian monk regarding prayer. It defines the different types of prayer, instruction on how to pray and hindrances we find in our spiritual growth. Matthew the Poor brings his own experiences as well as those from the eastern Orthodox tradition and the west. Each chapter contains instruction from the Desert Fathers. It is practical advice, what I call applied faith. The book is not about discussing 'theology' and which church is right and which is not. It is about living the Christian faith and how a life of prayer can be achieved in our life. Matthew the Poor provides advice when you God feels distant and for those times and your faith feels week. I have bought many of the books Matthew the Poor references and, even though I never met him, I consider him to be one of my spiritual fathers. I did try to find his monastery when I visited Egypt a few years ago but the taxi cab driver we heard, who promised us he knew the way, never found it...

This is deeply spiritual book and I highly recommend it for those who want to deepen their understanding of prayer.

An update. This has become one of my favorite books and I bought a copy for my son who also loves the book and Matthew the Poor.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mounir Ghaly on July 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
An excellent book from Matthew the Poor; a hermit who left civilization to dwell in the desert with only a few books in his hands. Whether or not you are from the Orthodox faith, this book will speak to you. If you pray, you will pray with more connection to God...guaranteed; if you don't pray, you may just start. I recommend reading this book slowly, or you will miss revealed depths. Another excellent book from the same author that I highly recommend is "the communion of love".
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Hakkeem on August 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
Contemplative prayer from the Orthodox tradition. A fascinating perspective on the life of prayer that digs much deeper than most modern Coptic Orthodox writing. Fr. Matthew the Poor writes very practically on what a complete prayer life can look like and how to get there. This book was a revelation to me, including many things that I had only heard hints of in my reading of the early Fathers and nothing at all about in modern Coptic preaching. I found it most similar to what some Catholic authors have been writing recently on prayer, but strongly prefer Fr. Matthew the Poor's perspective on contemplative prayer to that other writers (such as Fr. Thomas Keating). This is a book that was very difficult for me to finish, because I didn't want to keep reading until I had really incorporated each step of the prayer life that Fr. Matthew the Poor had discussed into my own life. I highly recommend reading it slowly and incorporating his suggestions as you read, but have more grace on yourself than I did or you might never get through it!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Withun on April 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
Great book! Monk Matthew quotes profusely from the Fathers on every topic within his discussion of Orthodox spirituality. In his own explanations he is able to make very complex topics simple and easy to understand. I recommend this book to anyone seeking to learn more about prayer and enhance their prayer life.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dimitri on July 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
I've always sought to find someone to guide me in prayer proper, and I found it in this book. Assimilating the early Fathers the data provided has been tested, tasted and prooven for our benefit and for the Glory and expansion of God's Kingdom -a must have book for anyone serious about praying effectively to God.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Wilson on October 24, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
It's a shame that the Coptic Church is not visibly in union with Rome. As many reading this will know, they never were guilty of the Nestorian heresy. This "Eastern lung" as Pope John Paul II referred to the Eastern Church, is clearly much less 'smoke-filled' than so much of the 'Western Lung'.

The value of the deep spirituality of the Coptic (mystic) Monks is immeasurable and Matta El-Meskeen, who lived the life of the great desert fathers of the past, has so much to teach any Christian willing to take the time and read the 'pearls of wisdom' contained in the pages of this book.

It's not a book that can be read from from front to back. It requires reading a page at a time and sometime only a paragraph or phrase. One is called to reflect, pray and learn from this master.

Anyone who is serious about enhancing their prayer life would do well to acquire this and other writings of Abuna El-Meskeen. Check out his monastery's website ([...]).
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Old Order on September 24, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Though I'm an Old Order Baptist, there are many insights within Matthew the Poor's writings. I appreciate the scriptural references which add in understanding his perspectives. It has the academic side along with the experiential. Thanks to the Lord and the Coptic Church.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ecclesial hypostasis on February 10, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The Desert Fathers of the early Christian centuries were the champions of the monastic life, who fled to the desert to seek the presence of God. That was a long time ago, but their teachings and practice lived on in our times at least in Matthew the Poor, a Coptic monk who practiced their ways in all authenticity. This is a beautifully structured work on the life of prayer, calling us to an ardent and continual openness to the presence of the Holy Spirit, transforming us 'from glory to glory'. He leads us on from the simple beginnings of the life of prayer to the heights of contemplation, but the whole book is pervaded by the clear common-sense of desert monasticism, with no diversions into esoteric practices or bizarre gnosis. You will not find a better book on prayer if you read a million others.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Product Images from Customers

Search
ARRAY(0xa5ac6864)

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?