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Product Details

  • Paperback: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor (IN) (January 28, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879733349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879733346
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,424,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 24, 2000
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Arguably the best introduction ever to the prayers and quotes of the early Christians, "The Way of the Fathers" complements Mike Aquilina's earlier book, "The Fathers of the Church: Introduction to the First Christian Teachers."
The early Christians are the 'founding fathers' of the Church that lived from right after the apostolic age through the middle of the eighth century. About 50 ancient writers are quoted, among them are the Great Doctors of the Church: St. Gregory the Great, St. Ambrose of Milan, St. Augustine of Hippo, St. Jerome, St. John Chrysostom, St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory of Nazianzus, and St. Athanasius.
"The Way of the Fathers" is a compilation of 1,000 prayers, quotes, sayings, and poems. Most are one or two lines, and the longest is about 100 words. They are divided into about 50 chapters or themes, such as Creation, Human Nature, The Search, Prayer, Worship, Contemplation, Angels, Mary, and Glory.
What makes of The "Way of the Fathers" a unique treasure is that Mike Aquilina has edited the language into Modern English so that it is accessible to everyone.
Who should read it? Those who are starting their journey, those who want an introduction to the early Christians, and those who want an introduction to eastern Christian spirituality.
Buy the book.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By kmaidaho on May 17, 2001
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This collection of quotes by the Church Fathers is thought provoking and inspiring. The quotes are arranged by subject, such as Eucharist, Persecution, Suffering, etc., making this book very easy to read. If you enjoy powerful concepts presented in a few short words, you'll love this book!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stratiotes Doxha Theon VINE VOICE on January 14, 2008
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More than witty little slogans, this is a collection of some of the most profound thought shared concerning the God who loved us so much that he gave us His son. Meditating on these words cannot but provide a deeper appreciation and love for our Maker. Mr. Aquilina's passion for the Fathers of the Church is infectious and his selections in this work are some of the vast riches of that great cloud of witnesses (Heb 12:1). They are arranged by topics such as creation, God, the will of God, sacred scripture, pleasure, suffering, the eucharist, evangelization, and many more.

In the early history of the Church, it seems God gave special graces to those first Christian thinkers and their work is as fresh and thought-provoking today as it was then. We do well to return to that wellspring of Christian thought again and again. Mr. Aquilina makes those trips to the well more accessible to all of us with this wealth of our Fathers. Meditative prayer that truly seeks to know the Father will truly find a start here. A handy reference for stirring us up to love and good works fed by a life devoted to prayer.
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More About the Author

Mike Aquilina is author or editor of more than thirty books, including The Fathers of the Church, The Mass of the Early Christians, and A Year with the Church Fathers. He has co-hosted eight series that air on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). He has co-authored books with Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., and theologian Scott Hahn. He is past editor of New Covenant magazine and The Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper. He appears weekly on Sirius Radio's "Sonrise Morning Show." Mike and his wife, Terri, have six children, who are the subject of his book Love in the Little Things.

In 2011 Mike was a featured presenter of the U.S. Bishops' Diocesan Educational/Catechetical Leadership Institute. He also wrote the USCCB's theological reflection for Catechetical Sunday in 2011.

His reviews, essays and journalism have appeared in many journals, including First Things, Touchstone, Crisis, Our Sunday Visitor, National Catholic Register, and Catholic Heritage. He contributed work on early Christianity to the Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought.

Mike is a also poet whose works have appeared in U.S. literary journals and have been translated into Polish and Spanish. He shared songwriting credits with Grammy Award-winner Dion DiMucci on the forthcoming album "Tank Full of Blues."

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