While his publicist has decided to call this sudden need a midlife spiritual crisis, I think a more apt description was a midlife spiritual maturation. Eventually we will reach a point where we are spinning our wheels and making no progress on our own. At this point a guide on the path can be just what we need to get us on our way. A parish priest is a good start, but parish priests are extremely busy and have a lot to juggle.
In many cases this is just not enough - and this is not intended to be a condemnation, but rather a simple observation. For most of us we have to be content with searching the writings of the Church Fathers, scripture, and the teachings of the Church and sort of stumbling along, especially in the US where Orthodoxy is just beginning to take hold, and most especially in the South. Cairns had the enviable fortune to be able to pursue his quest for a spiritual father across the globe. While the rest of us may not be able to do as much, there is much to be learned and plenty of inspiration to be had in reading about his journey.
Hopefully he will continue to document the results of his search and tell us more of what he discovers. Personally, I will eagerly await that next volume! Dec 28, Evan Hays rated it really liked it Shelves: devotional , theology. I have over the years been trying to read more about Orthodox theology--in part because my in laws are Orthodox but also because it is beautiful and teaches me to be a better Christian.
This book is another excellent addition to those books. This one is particularly good because it is written by an American and gives a very warm and personal view of his journey as an Orthodox Christian visiting Mt. Athos seeking help to know how to "pray without ceasing". Cairns is a poet and writer by trade, and I have over the years been trying to read more about Orthodox theology--in part because my in laws are Orthodox but also because it is beautiful and teaches me to be a better Christian. Cairns is a poet and writer by trade, and it shows, although I must say the brief bits of poetry in the book do not strike a chord in me.
But then again I am no connoisseur of poetry, so what do I know. The prose is good, but there are a few too many forced one word or few word sentences to try to make a profound point. If you are interested to know about what Mt. Athos is like and you are a reader of English, this is the book for you. I would definitely recommend it to any Christian who wants to learn more about their own journey of faith.
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Jul 19, James Korsmo rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction. I've come to love Scott Cairn's's poetry, and I was very interested to check out this book. And it's absolutely worth reading. It's part travelogue and part confession. Cairns was raised a baptist but eventually joined the Orthodox Church. This book recounts his pursuit of a life of prayer through a series of trips to the Orthodox monasteries on Mount Athos in Greece.
Carins's candor, which is what gives power to his poetry, comes across clearly here as well, as his honest reflections about his I've come to love Scott Cairn's's poetry, and I was very interested to check out this book. Carins's candor, which is what gives power to his poetry, comes across clearly here as well, as his honest reflections about his own halting attempts at prayer make the book relatable and all the more powerful in what is surely a nod to Paul, the chief of sinners, he describes himself as the "slowest pilgrim".
He makes three trips to the holy mountain, and his pursuit of prayer does make some progress—he is "finally on the way," as he sums it up—but he describes it as more of a start than an achievement, and that strikes me as just right. The book is punctuated by deep insight, either from Cairns's thoughtful reflections on the Orthodox faith and its traditions icons, relics, worship, monastic traditions, theological foundations or from wise monastics who give counsel. I look forward to rereading this book, and I expect to gain repeated encouragement from it. I think the insight that has stuck with me the most is his connection of prayer with theosis becoming like God : "Prayer is undertaken to accommodate union with God" I couldn't help but wonder, is that where I'm aiming when I pray?
This book is profound and enjoyable. Take and read. Aug 18, Kami rated it it was ok.
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If you want a play by play account of a man's journey to a fascinating place, this is the book for you. I can picture in detail, the layout of Holy Mountain, all the services and characters and all his footsteps between them. There was very little introspection, or rather, whatever he learned from his trips was not really talked about in the book "I learned a lot". There were, still, lots of highlights that made me want to read more from the author. Perhaps his poetry and other work is less If you want a play by play account of a man's journey to a fascinating place, this is the book for you.
Perhaps his poetry and other work is less evasive. Jan 15, Brandon Jones rated it it was amazing. I started this book wanting to read his journey to the Holy Mountain. But about half way through I was picking it up hoping to share in the authors journey and longing for prayer of the heart. This is an absolutely wonderful book; a poetic faith-journey memoir. While I have not been to Greece and am not Eastern Orthodox, so much of this book resonates strongly with my own faith-journey.
Jul 04, Kate marked it as to-buy. From the Art of Memoir reading list by Mary Karr. Oct 14, Volkert rated it it was amazing Shelves: biography-memoir-autobiography , spirituality , orthodox-christian. Disclosure: I have known the author since , when he was a Baptist teen preparing for college. I purchased my autographed copy of this book at a poetry reading in downtown Seattle in For a variety of reasons I did not read it until What I did not realize is Disclosure: I have known the author since , when he was a Baptist teen preparing for college.
I was correct in my assumption that this book is autobiographical, but it is much more.
In these pages, Scott talks about his search for unceasing prayer, as well as his desire to find a spiritual father on Mount Athos. And while Scott is weaving these pieces into the narrative, he also introduces the reader to some of the theology and practices of the Orthodox faith, as observed on the Holy Mountain, as well as from his life and readings back home.
There is a helpful glossary in the back of the book. After reading the first chapter, I decided I needed to get out my pencil to underline memorable passages, and now looking back over the pages I see there are many. Our souls cannot develop, cannot survive without prayer. And I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a thoughtful spiritual autobiography which I do. I recommend checking that volume out, but also Father Arseny and Everyday Saints, for very different perspectives on the Orthodox faith.
Jul 06, Joshua rated it really liked it. Read this after seeing Scott at the Festival of Faith and writing. I have long admired both Scott and the Eastern Orthodox Church. I'm very comfortable with the idea that much of our theology emanates through each person. It's not that I don't believe there are larger doctrines to contend for that rise above a person and her story.
It's that we mostly understand theology through people. As New. Preface de Corinne Alexandre-Garner. French Wraps. Volume v. Leather Bound. Reprinted in with the help of original edition published long back As these are old books we processed each page manually and make them readable but in some cases some pages which are blur or missing or black spots. We expect that you will understand our compulsion in these books.
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