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  • Published: 1 October 2003
  • ISBN: 9781590300077
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $32.99

Book Of Mystical Chapters



Meditations on the Soul's Ascent from the Desert Fathers and Other Early Christian Contemplatives

An exquisite collection of short writings of the early Christian mystics presented as a program of spiritual study. This unique anthology consists of 300 short meditations, rendered in simple free verse, by Christian contemplatives from the fourth to the eleventh centuries. The book features teachings of the Desert Fathers, the legendary monks who fled city life in order to dedicate themselves to a life of contemplation. These poetic and stirring meditations are arranged as a program of study under three traditional headings: practice, theory, and knowledge.

  • Published: 1 October 2003
  • ISBN: 9781590300077
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $32.99

About the author

John Anthony McGuckin

John Anthony McGuckin is a Professor of Early Church History at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and a priest of the Orthodox Church. Born in Newcastle, England, he is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the author of nine books.

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