Oasis of Wisdom
The life and wisdom of the desert fathers and mothers is not only retained in historical volumes, but has been a constant presence throughout the development of the church. A formative influence since the time of the early Christians, this...
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The life and wisdom of the desert fathers and mothers is not only retained in historical volumes, but has been a constant presence throughout the development of the church. A formative influence since the time of the early Christians, this wisdom has the power to transform and nurture even today. Using six fundamental aspects of desert monastic life as windows--The Cell, Patience, Praxis, Labor and Time, Solitude and Silence, and Humility--Oasis of Wisdom reveals the world that created the wisdom of early Christian monastic men and women. With this experiential approach to learning, Keller goes beyond simple reflection by providing substantial historical background, including the environment of solitude, ascetic disciplines, labor, and daily life experiences. Touching on the social, religious, political, and linguistic influences of the culture, it is an ideal introduction for modern readers with limited backgrounds in theology or church history. Oasis of Wisdom is ideal for those seeking spiritual mentoring or a discipline of prayer, and will appeal to those from all denominations and backgrounds, from those new to church history to oblates. The richness of this ancient wisdom will challenge modern Christians to catch the spirit of the desert elders and join in their struggle to live an authentic human life.
"Oasis of Wisdom introduces readers to the lives and wisdom of the desert fathers and mothers. It presents the historical, cultural, and religious background of these early Christian monastic men and women and describes the environment of solitude, ascetic disciplines, labor, and interactions with others that was the source of their wisdom."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Author David Keller has photographed and collected memorabilia of the Long Island Rail Road for over forty years, and his work has been published in a number of railroad publications. While attending college, he worked as a ticket clerk and special services attendant for the Long Island Rail Road. Author Steven Lynch, also a former resident of Long Island, is an avid rail fan, modeler, and writer who has researched and followed the Long Island Rail Road for twenty-five years.