- Paperback: 367 pages
- Publisher: The Holy Convent (1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9608538238
- ISBN-13: 978-9608538238
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,711,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Elder Porphyrios Testimonies and Experiences Paperback – 1995
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But then that could be a good thing, no?
So, yes. On second thought, read this book. And the other four. Of the five volumes in English given us by those who knew him, the tales do the telling, not so much the words. So bring on more books on the memory and the life of this dear one.
Eighteen months from now I'll make the pilgrimage to venerate his relics, to ask this elder, standing next to his bones there, for his prayers. In fact, as a convert to Orthodoxy and one who spent a decade as a Protestant Evangelical mocking all who prayed to saints, Elder Porphyrios is the first saint I've learned to pray to. I have this book in my house and the cover of this book near my prayer altar, asking him to pray for me. (Pray to saints? When applying for a job, for example, do you not ask friends you know who in turn know important people on the job site to put in a good word for you? Of course. Praying to saints is like that.)
Such respect and love is growing for this man and his life and he hasn't even been canonized yet. Who cares. Read of him and you'll believe again that simple people can have a Big impact; you'll believe again that little people in their silence and simplicity can indeed attract people; attract people to God better than any mega church or mega bullhorn. That's what matters about this man and why you need to know of the stories that define him. So read. And you'll stop whining about adversity, when you witness on these pages his humility and poverty and ailments and suffering and compassion for the unwashed and outcasts.Read more ›
Today, "WWJD?" bumper stickers and wrist-bands are often displayed by people who could no better give a proper answer than we could. It is becoming more and more difficult to truly find people who could boldly (and rightly) declare, as St. Paul did, "It is no longer I who live but Christ Who lives in me." But life is full of exceptions, and to this rule, Elder Porphyrios certainly does not fit. He was so filled with Christ, his love, humility, and tenderness certainly did not leave this Earth when he reposed; instead, it continues in the life and teachings of the Elder which have been passed on to us. This text is an immense blessing to the English-speaking world, one which I hope many accept.
Of all of the books that I have read about Elder Porphyrios - "Wounded by Love," "With Elder Porpyrios: A Spiritual Child Remembers," "The Divine Flame Elder Porphyrios Lit in My Heart," and this title - the current title was my least favorite at first. After reading through more and more, however, it became my favorite right after the contemporary spiritual classic, "Wounded by Love." However, to give a sense of how great all of the books are, I must say that even when it was my least favorite, I still would have given it 5 stars.
The problem I initially had with the book was that it seemed "choppy." The first 60 pages consist of introductory remarks, prefaces or prologues to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions, an explanation of what an Elder is, a short life of Elder Porphyrios, and a few other things containing teachings of the Elder. There follow over a dozen radio interviews with people who knew the Elder.Read more ›