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A poetic journey through the liminal landscapes of the interior life. The Isle of Monte Cristo will unlock hidden treasures within you. --Dr. Michael Ford, presenter, "Heart & Soul," BBC World Service Programs

The spiritual quest is never a solo journey and Georgiou is a sure companion. A great book to give to a friend. --Sr. Renee Branigan, O.S.B., The American Monastic Review

The Isle of Monte Cristo is an inner pilgrimage of faith, hope, and love. We awaken to the mystery of Christ dwelling in each of us. --Rosemary Ellis Robinson, Director, St. Agnes Spiritual Life Center, San Francisco

The spiritual quest is never a solo journey and Georgiou is a sure companion. A great book to give to a friend. --Sr. Renee Branigan, O.S.B., The American Monastic Review

The Isle of Monte Cristo is an inner pilgrimage of faith, hope, and love. We awaken to the mystery of Christ dwelling in each of us. --Rosemary Ellis Robinson, Director, St. Agnes Spiritual Life Center, San Francisco

The spiritual quest is never a solo journey and Georgiou is a sure companion. A great book to give to a friend. --Sr. Renee Branigan, O.S.B., The American Monastic Review

The Isle of Monte Cristo is an inner pilgrimage of faith, hope, and love. We awaken to the mystery of Christ dwelling in each of us. --Rosemary Ellis Robinson, Director, St. Agnes Spiritual Life Center, San Francisco

About the Author

S.T. Georgiou is a teacher, writer, and artist. He lectures at San Francisco State University, San Francisco City College, and at the Center For Arts, Religion, and Education (C.A.R.E.) at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Novalis Publishing (September 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2896462295
  • ISBN-13: 978-2896462292
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,770,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Edith Barton-Martin on September 1, 2012
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Sadly, "The Isle of Monte Cristo" failed to live up to my expectations. I treasure Georgiou's earlier book "The Way of the Dreamcatcher." Robert Lax, a loving and relaxed mentor, exerted a powerful influence on the author. However the many wisdoms that Lax shared with the author have yet to flower in Georgiou's prose.

There's no doubt Steve The Isle of Monte CristoGeorgiou, who teaches classes in Religion and Interdisciplinary Humanities in California, is intelligent and deeply sincere. But his vocabulary comes across stilted as if writing a doctoral thesis. The many Scripture quotations used as proof texts would be appropriate if he were teaching an adult Sunday School class in the Orthodox tradition. His spiritual journey would have broader appeal if Georgiou opened up more about his frustrations, his depression, and his single lifestyle. He tends to "tell the reader" rather than "show the reader" what is really going on within his heart.
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This gave me a chance to think about how I am living my own life--and if I would like to make any changes. Also helped me to realize all the beauty around me---how very wonderful is "ordinary".
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This book--the end of Georgiou's spiritual trilogy--is both edifying and entertaining.
What's great is that you don't have to read the first two books to join in the journey.
THE ISLE OF MONTE CRISTO is cleverly put together. In Dumas' classic novel, Edmund Dantes
finds a material treasure with which to inflict revenge, yet ultimately realizes that the
greatest treasure is the love of God within. And it is in God alone that all creation must trust.
Divine justice and mercy will prevail. This elegant book, so wonderfully illustrated, is a joy to read.
It's really a marvelous blend of spiritual autobiography, travel, adventure, and profound theological insights.
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This is the final book in a trilogy addressing the inner life. I am tempted to read the others. It must be borne in mind that the author is an Orthodox Christian and an educator who believes that much of life is about awakening to the interior experience and its metaphysical implications and outcomes. What he shares with his readers is certainly Christian, but he acknowledges that the interior life is common to all major religious traditions. The book is an account of one man's journey to discovering an inner treasure which he believes is hidden in all of us. The Western reader will find a refreshing approach through Orthodox spirituality and liturgy. There are deep lessons to be learned here by everyone especially given the more superficial new age movements that are trendy today. The reader inclined to a more academic approach to spirituality will be pleased with the copious notes the author provides. He is theologically erudite and his Christian convictions are clearly evident in his experiences with the interior life. Western readers, being familiar with the notions of salvation and redemption characteristic of the sacraments, will find a rich alternative to this classical understanding, since Georgiou speaks of the "restorative Presence of Christ" and experiencing a "salvific zone." This is a spiritual quest inspired by a secular novel - Dumas' The Count of Monte Critso. Georgiou was inspired by the change of heart of Count Edmund Dantes. Georgiou writes: "No longer does the inexorable avenger declare, `My will be done' but `Thy will be done.' Finally, a section entitled, "Wired to go where?" explores the relationship between spirituality and the technology that is currently in common use. While not a recent realization, Marshall McLuhan in the 1960's was aware of this relationship, the author encourages us to manage technology in moderation and wisely so as not to be impeded from discovering a rich inner treasure.
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Steve Georgiou wonderfully concludes his trilogy (begun in 2002 with "The Way of the Dreamcatcher: Spirit Lessons with Robert Lax, Peacemaker, Sage" (dedicated to his father); and followed by "Mystic Street: Meditations on a Spiritual Path" in 2007 (dedicated to his mother)) with his 2010 publication "The Isle of Monte Cristo: Finding the Inner Treasure" (Toronto: Novalis, 2010. 299 pages with black and white photographs). This final book is dedicated to his sister Maria.

All three books have forewords by Thomas Merton's former secretary Brother Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. All three a woven through with the thread of Georgiou's "mentorship" by Trappist Monk Thomas Merton's best friend, American poet / mystic / sage / hermit Robert Lax (b. 1915)). During the latter period of his life Lax, born in the US, was resident on the island of Patmos, Greece. It was here that Georgiou met Lax in 1993. He would make the trip regularly until 1999, not long before Lax's death on September 26th 2000.

While my favourite book remains the first in the trilogy "The Way of the Dreamcatcher", in reading "The Isle of Monte Cristo" I again found myself drawn into the stories and recollections that Georgiou shares. I need to also say, you can fruitfully read this final book without necessarily having read the first two, or the first one in particular. Georgiou backgrounds the story of his encounter with Robert Lax on Patmos at the beginning of "The Isle of Monte Cristo"

I learnt new things about Rublev's Trinity icon in Georgiou's "Communion of Love". His "Toward the Far-Off Land", "Dark Night", "Night Becomes Light", "Fishermen" and "Lost and Found were also deeply evocative for me.
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