The early Christian monks of Egypt, Syria, and Palestine were the spiritual
heroes of their age—fleeing the security of civilization for the desert,
where they sought God in lives of prayer, contemplation, and radical simplicity.
This book is a portable collection of their teachings, and those of their contemplative
contemporaries, ranging from the fourth through the eleventh centuries. It is
arranged to the traditional model of three ascending "books": Praktikos
(practice), Theoretikos (theory), and Gnosis (knowledge). Each
book consists of 100 “sentences”—aphorisms or thoughts. Each
sentence is intended to be read and meditated upon for an entire day—just
as the monks themselves might have done as they went about their work.
"McGuckin has lit on the brilliant idea of rescuing the Desert Fathers'
and Mothers' sayings in simple free-verse form, which emphasizes the compression
and power of their wisdom. This book will make a welcome addition to the renewed
interest in early Christian ascetics."—Library Journal
Softbound. 224 pp.