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#1 Rahul-IN

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Posted 03 March 2015 - 06:18 PM

I've read Penguin Sayings of Desert Fathers by Ward and want to read other Desert Fathers books that are DISTINCT from this book and not the same material. I'm mainly interested in reading more logia and wisdom sayings, though I'll consider other formats like 'Lives', so please recommend those also. Unfortunately, I couldn't find an affordable translation of Ethiopian Collection or Evergetinos here in India. Please recommend books that are available on Kindle Store on amazon.com as that is my preferred format though I can buy paperbacks if they are affordable. A list of books to go ahead reading that are distinct and original from each other would be nice. There seem to be so many books that I'm confused.



#2 Kusanagi

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 12:35 AM

This would be similar to what you have read so far.

It seems the kindle version is twice as much as the book version.

 

http://www.amazon.co...piritual meadow

 

others:

 

http://www.amazon.co...words=matericon

 

http://www.amazon.co...monks palestine



#3 Rahul-IN

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 01:06 AM

I'll look at them, thank you. I've begun reading the first volume of the Philokalia also and am enjoying it very much. It amazes me that even in those ancient times, people had such wisdom... I do not think I've come across such wonderful works in today's world.



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Posted 09 March 2015 - 11:39 PM

This site is useful though it has not been updated for over 10 years.

 

http://www.vitae-patrum.org.uk/



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Posted 12 March 2015 - 08:44 PM

One of my favorite Orthodox books is In the Heart of the Desert-The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers by John Chryssavgis:

 

http://www.amazon.co...asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

It includes many sayings, and is a very nice merging of monastic history and sayings of many desert saints. The book deeply resonated with me. It also includes the text of the Reflections by Abba Zosimas.



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Posted 13 March 2015 - 02:43 PM

If you really want to splurge, you could buy the complete 4-volume Evergetinos put out by the Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies.



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Posted 13 March 2015 - 03:01 PM

If you really want to splurge, you could buy the complete 4-volume Evergetinos put out by the Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies.

 

As I said in my first post, I couldn't find an affordable seller here in India. I would pay the equivalent of 120 dollars for the paperback set, but the only place I found someone selling it was more than 240 dollars for the set. I had thought about getting it from the CTOS website, but I couldn't find a contact email to understand what the shipping and customs would amount to, I'm guessing it would be too much for my pocket. I wish there was a Kindle edition available... The Philokalia has Kindle editions, fortunately.



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Posted 13 March 2015 - 06:40 PM

As I said in my first post, I couldn't find an affordable seller here in India. I would pay the equivalent of 120 dollars for the paperback set, but the only place I found someone selling it was more than 240 dollars for the set. I had thought about getting it from the CTOS website, but I couldn't find a contact email to understand what the shipping and customs would amount to, I'm guessing it would be too much for my pocket. I wish there was a Kindle edition available... The Philokalia has Kindle editions, fortunately.

 

Sorry, I was being a lazy reader. Yeah, it's expensive. Another set of books you can get for cheap would be the Paradise of the Holy Fathers as translated by the Egyptologist Budge. Their contents might overlap with some of the other recommendations (I'm not sure).






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