• The Sayings of the Holy Desert Fathers

  • By: Saint Palladius
  • Narrated by: James Walmsley
  • Length: 18 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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These are the words or sayings (Apophthegmata), of various monks (the abbas, i.e. fathers) who lived in the deserts of Egypt between 250 A.D. and 400 A.D. They cover topics such as love, poverty, fasting, humility, and prayer, and there is usually a short story that gives the context of the sayings. These sayings are one of the few surviving records of the first monks such as St. Anthony the Great and St. Pachomius, who followed a strict way of life that usually consisted of plaiting baskets from palms leaves, singing psalms and rarely eating while living in the harsh Scete desert of Egypt.

Their sole aim was to draw closer to God through their labours. Their sayings became a classic throughout the Eastern and Western Christian world, and are still regularly read in monasteries at mealtimes. This volume is made up of two books of sayings, as well as an appendix of questions posed by desert monks to their spiritual fathers.

©2016 London: Chatto & Windus (P)2021 Steven Burger

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So happy to see on Audible

A must read forever young man of Christian faith particularly of the Orthodox Christian faith.

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Ageless insight.

Ageless wisdom, unless human nature changes. Some stuff is specific for Christian monks of that time and place with not that much value for these days (but its raw form has its charm), but there are universal insights that hermits got independently of religion (many of the holy fathers sayings resembles zen monks sayings).

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True and Ancient Christian Wisdom

This is an outstanding and very deep well of Orthodox Christian Monastic Wisdom. These sayings put the Life in Christ as a clear departure from the corruption of the modern fractious world.

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  • Clive Smart
  • 12-20-21

The best collection of desert father sayings

Definitely the best book on audible! A wonderful complete collection on the great early Christian monks. Wonderfully read for a blessed change! I've read much on the desert fathers but this collection has offered so much more.

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  • MMM
  • 10-14-21

A Complete Handbook on Ancient Monasticism

This is a terrific reading of the Desert fathers. This huge volume is like the bible of early Christian monasticism. There is much to glean from these ancient men and women and I'm very happy I made this purchase. Worth listening to over and over.