Becoming Fire: Through the Year with the Desert Fathers and Mothers


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Becoming Fire – Through the Year with the Desert Fathers and Mothers
Edited by Tim Vivian; Foreword by Aelred Glidden OSB

The insights of the desert monks of the fifth and sixth centuries amaze, and startle, readers by their wisdom. Among other things, they teach "that the first step in overcoming our sinfulness is an honest perception of things as they are." By arranging these "words" in short daily readings, Tim Vivian invites modern readers to savor the monks' advice, as did those who collected these sayings, rather than dismiss them as a fascinating but irrelevant bit of history.

Tim Vivian is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at California State University, Bakersfield. He is the author of numerous books and articles on early Christian monasticism, including The Life of Antony (with Apostolos N. Athanassakis) and Words to Live By: Journeys in Ancient and Modern Egyptian Monasticism, both published by Cistercian Publications.

"Becoming Fire would make a good addition to any Christian’s library . . . here is a whole book full of good words."

"Anyone familiar with this always intriguing, often provocative yet consoling literature will smile at hearing again well-loved, well-known sayings. . . . I am grateful not only to Tim Vivian and the other translators for bringing these words to us but also to Cistercian publications for making them available in this excellent volume."
-Cistercian Studies Quarterly

"This is a fascinating and inspiring collection."

Dimensions5.5 × 8.5 in
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