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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Russian

About the Author

Archimandrite Sophrony an outstanding Christian ascetic, monk, and mystic of the twentieth century studied at the Orthodox Theological Institute in Paris. He lived as a monk on Mount Athos in the Russian Monastery of St Panteleimon and spent his final years at the Monastery of St. John the Baptist , Essex, United Kingdom
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  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press (February 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881411957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881411959
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 1999
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This is an expanded version of the out-of-print classic from the same author of A MONK OF MOUNT ATHOS (see customer review from Columbus, Georgia). Both St. Silouan and Archimandrite Sophrony are remarkable men who know the Uncreated Light from experience. These are men who can be guides to a world that has lost comprehension of what a real Christian is and what a human being, free of negative emotions and passions of carnality and pride can be. It is an extraordinary portrait. Archimandrite Sophrony is also someone who practiced eastern meditation prior to his re-conversion to Christianity and he knows from experience the danger of confusing the blissful silent expanse of the human soul, with the infinite God. Not to be missed by anyone who wants to know the essence of Orthodox Christianity from a contemporary 20th century witness.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Arsenios on August 23, 2007
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It is one thing believing there is a God, and something else knowing there is one! This book explains step by step how using faith and prayer one evokes Devine Grace through which one gets to actually know God, and speak with him face to face. This is the fundamental difference between other faiths and beliefs and Orthodoxy. The living proof provided by people, often meek and illiterate, who have trodden along the narrow path and have been graced to achieve the ultimate. A must for everyone.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By M. Harrington on August 27, 2007
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When I first read this book I skipped the first half. Not because it was bad. Rather, it was very sophisticated in it's form. Having recently finished the complete book, I must say this is a must for all Orthodox. St. Silouan as allowed us to see inside of his world and the struggles which he had to endure. He gives us a shinning example on how to, "keep our minds in hell, but not to despair." If you are interested in Eastern Orthodoxy, this would be a great introduction with some help from an EO Priest to explain some of the terms.To read the Saints words and his love for all of Gods creation and how he wept in prayer for the whole world...

St. Silouan pray to God for us.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By George Papapgeorge on January 1, 2011
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This book was given to me in the year 2000 by dear friends Fr. John & Lyn Breck.
I could not have imagined that a book about the man Silouan would turn into a spiritual brotherhood with him.
That alone has been an important part of spiritual life over the past 11 years. His teaching though, on loving our enemies, the Grace of God and on pride has been an on going resource for my everyday life.
I am thankful for the illumination that comes from this man and this book.
George Papageorge - Danville, California
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sistren Berhane on February 5, 2013
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This book is so much more than a "biography" of Saint Silouan, although biographical information is included. Here we get the teachings of two Eastern Orthodox ascetics about the experience of living an authentic life. This is a book not only for Orthodox monastics. It can be useful to anyone who is searching, or even curious, about the Orthodox mode of thinking about salvation. Staretz (Elder) Archimandrite Sophrony (Sakharov) was a contemporary and friend of Saint Silouan; so in this book we get the wisdom of two modern day Orthodox ascetics.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Morris on December 30, 2012
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To me this is not an easy read. The author is clear, has a good organization, vocabulary and writing style, but the subject matter requires thought to assimilate. It is not a quick read. The world of an ascetic monk is truly foreign to me and this may account for some of my opinion. The perspective and theology took me some getting used to but I have found it deeply rich and it has really transformed my prayer life and my approach to spirituality. This book is well worth the effort.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stark on October 24, 2012
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This book is useful in two parts. Most of this work is a biography of Saint Silouan, and a guide to Eastern Christian thought illustrating 'why' Silouan would be considered a saint. Also, there is a healthy dose of descriptive narrative regarding life on Mt Athos. This section alone is very useful. The second portion contains the actual writings of Silouan, which is beautifully written. Silouan's writings so clearly relate the longing for God and a relationship(both personal and inclusive) that he is painfully attempting to define.
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From a very young age I had strong doubts about the Catholic Church in which I grew up and the way God was presented by its clergy. This book however revealed to me, to the extend one can reveal it in words, the path leading to Life in God, the Christian way. From all my struggling with life and my efforts to understand it, the first steps out of misery I found by chance in Buddhism. Not by just studying Buddhist religious books, but mostly by the meditation practices Buddhism offers. Meditation opens the path of spiritual development by experience. This book makes very clear that the way of the Christian Saints, the way to salvation, is found in prayer that goes beyond the prayer we usually learn in Church. The author clearly explains that it is meditation that opens the door to the Love and Grace of The Lord. But he also explains why it is not to be found by the efforts of the seeker only, and that we have to be patient to receive the first touch of His Grace.
I like this book because it answered some questions that were left in me after my father had died. As a young man he had had an education at a monastery in the Netherlands in order to become a priest. I once asked him about his way of meditation, but he could not explain it any more. This book gave me the answers.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book to all those who feel ready to explore themselves in meditation and to discover the Christian way of spiritual development towards the sublime experience of the Love of the Lord, our Father.
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