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The Wisdom of the Desert: Sayings from the Desert Fathers of the Fourth Century (Shambhala Library) Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, November 16, 2004
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"Thomas Merton does not so much introduce the Fathers of the desert; he stands in their midst, as one of them."—Daniel Berrigan, author of Uncommon Prayer: A Book of Psalms
About the Author
Thomas Merton (1915–1968) was a Trappist monk, spiritual director, political activist, social critic, and one of the most-read spiritual writers of the twentieth century. He is the author of many books, including The Seven Storey Mountain.
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Merton wrote this book not as a history of the early Desert Fathers. What he provides are a selection of extracts from their writings that had proved useful for him in his contemplative life. The book is definitely worth reading. A book you will keep by your night stand.
If you are looking for a book that gives you a history of the Desert Fathers and a wide range of their writings, then this is the wrong book for you.
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