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  • Paperback: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Imprint unknown (March 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9607201191
  • ISBN-13: 978-9607201195
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When you meet this man on the pages of what reads like a memoir put together by friends after his death in 1991, you'll want to hand in all your college degrees and hang instead with sheep herders, grade school dropouts and poets. If shopping for spiritual advisers, after reading this book you may prefer the company of simple and quiet folk who embrace short prayers which arise from a basic divine madness--a divine eros he called it. Love for God. Yes, as to church, you'll lean more toward the company of men and women of the Jesus Prayer or who have no formal spiritual training but have taken in the lessons of life's hard knocks collected by such things as rubbing up against difficult people, poor health and austere surroundings.

I spent dozens of hours with this book, number 2 pencil in hand. The brother who suggested I read it must have liked it as well: he read it seven times. Yes, in my copy, no margin of white space has been safe, as now, notes abound. Wounded By Love first appeared in Greek in 2003, two years after this monk and priest died at the seasoned age of 85. The book was arranged by his students in two parts: his life and his sayings. His early father working out of country to support the family, Elder Porphyrios ran away from home to become a monk, trading work at a relative's corner store at age 12 for a life of prayer. He was raised on the holy mountain by two brother monks who, by providence, met him on the boat docks of Mt Athos. Telling a small lie, they broke the rules and were able to successfully sneak the young lad into that monastery in Kavsokalyvia. Dwelling in that small skete his two mentors were strict with this young boy, teaching him obedience and prayer.
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For all that love Orthodox Christianity, this is one of the most spiritual books out there. Elder Porphyrios is one of the most Holy Christian leaders in the last 100 years. This book is a compilation of his writings, and each excerpt is written by him. Through this we see his deep humility, love for the ascetical life, boundless love for Christ and man, and purity of soul. He displays his humility and feeling of unworthiness when he describes that give of clear sight that he received from God, at an early age. I am particularly attracted to all his writings, because they are intelligent yet simple. The are focused towards living a life a in Christ, and love for Christ and man. There are a few excerpts that bring the reader into a deep emotional state, especially when he speaks about his love of nature and his urge to live anonymously in the forest. He also discusses many examples of his use of the gift of clearsight.
Another great read is "Elder Porphyrios Testimonies and Experiences"
Elder Porphyrios Testimonies and Experiences
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"Wounded by Love" is one of the great Orthodox Christian books, simply because Elder Porphyrios is one of the great Orthodox Christian saints. Once I read the book, I was "wounded by love" for this holy elder, and my life has not been the same. To have someone of our latter times who is as holy as any saint who ever lived is truly a very great blessing. He helped countless people in his lifetime, and he continues to do so, for he is as close to us as a prayer. I have been personally helped by him myself.

Have you ever wanted to sit down and talk/listen to a holy elder? Well, here is your chance, since much of the book is in the elder's own words (written-down or tape-recorded). As one priest said (who personally knew him): "I cannot not speak about him." I very highly encourage anyone of any faith, or of no faith, to read this wonderful, spiritual book. Whoever does - his/her life will not be the same.
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Wow! After just completing just two chapers (Spirituality and Children), I'm speachless. Elder Porphyrios truely has wisdom from above and it's down to earth and very practical. Be ready for advice thats uncommon and even against what you normally would hear or read. I admit I struggled somewhat with his monastic wisdom initially but after a short while, realized that his advice on matters was "truely from above". If you desire to really grow spiritually, get this book and dive right in. You will quickly see from his many practical examples how blessed his words are. If you desire to love others, you will suffer wounds. It is the Christian life... for Orthodox Christians and Protestants alike.
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This is a discription from the publisher I read elsewhere: "Elder Porphyrios was one of the most famous and influential spiritual personalities of late 20th century Greece. He fled the world as a youth and lived on the Holy Mountain of Athos until an illness forced him to return to the world for medical treatment. In this wonderful book we have the elder's own words on a variety of topics, all of which invariably lead back the central theme of true Christian Love and its transforming power. This book has a profound and spiritually therapeutic affect on all who read it."
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A wonderfully inspirational book as well as a deep look into the Orthodox Church and its teachings. The sufferings as well as the dedication of the author is a rare and beautiful thing in this day and age.
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