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The Way of a Pilgrim is a spiritual classic, but its origins are shrouded in mystery. It came to a remote monastery in Greece in the 19th century and was first published in 1884. Whether it is literal, fictitious, metaphorical, or pedagogical is unknown. The story follows an itinerant spiritual wanderer, all the time practicing Saint Paul's exhortation to "pray without ceasing." Specifically, the pilgrim repeats one prayer unceasingly, the Jesus prayer, until it becomes a sort of mantra. Through repetition of the prayer and encounters with his fellow inhabitants of 19th-century Russia and Siberia, the wanderer finds a spiritual enlightenment.
The Way of a Pilgrim is an oddity, but it can also be strikingly profound. In its sequel, A Pilgrim Continues His Way, the pilgrim engages an even richer dramatis personae in dialogues and spiritual lessons. Olga Savin's crisp, straightforward translation preserves the distinctive timelessness that makes the book great spiritual literature. This edition also includes three appendices that elaborate on the narrative's themes and a helpful glossary. --Eric de Place
"The pilgrim's journeys and his various encounters are recounted in an appealing, unaffected manner, and Savin's flowing translation serves this tone well."— Publishers Weekly Religion BookLine
"One of the most influential spiritual books of the last hundred years. It is one of those rare books that can make a difference in a person's life."—Jacob Needleman, author of Lost Christianity
Excellent item. Good introduction to the Orthodox method of prayer.Published 13 days ago by Robert T Spencer
A strange way to spend one's life.
Although the book does come across as a sort of dreamy prose, akin to Walden Pond or other escapist type literature, I challenge the basic... Read more
Love it, and will probably read it more than once. Thought provoking and inspirational.Published 6 months ago by Mary Bruederle
My son loves this book and has asked me to share it with other family members ... gift giving at its finest.Published 8 months ago by Dolores M.
Wonderful translation! Engaging story. Must read if you are a modern day contempltive.Published 9 months ago by Looking for inspiration
This is a classic of Orthodox spirituality. I have read it three or four times. I highly recommend it. Reading and doing the Jesus Prayer will change your life.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really tried to like this. I read The Way of a Pilgrim and most of The Pilgrim Continues His Way, but it's so simplistic and childish that I simply couldn't go on.Published 11 months ago by William Corsair