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This classic of world spiritual literature is the firsthand account of a pilgrim's journey as he endeavors to live out Saint Paul's instruction to "pray without ceasing." The narrator, an unnamed nineteenth-century peasant, sets out on his pilgrimage with nothing but a Bible, a rosary, and some dried bread. As he walks, he recites the Jesus prayer ("Lord Jesus Christ, haveThis classic of world spiritual literature is the firsthand account of a pilgrim's journey as he endeavors to live out Saint Paul's instruction to "pray without ceasing." The narrator, an unnamed nineteenth-century peasant, sets out on his pilgrimage with nothing but a Bible, a rosary, and some dried bread. As he walks, he recites the Jesus prayer ("Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me")--a prayer that is said to quiet anxiety and fill the heart with love for all creation. With this prayer constantly on his lips, the pilgrim undergoes a profound spiritual education. This edition includes the sequel to The Way of a Pilgrim, entitled A Pilgrim Continues His Way, which contains a lengthy appendix reviewing the teachings of the Holy Fathers on the Jesus prayer....

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  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2018-10-19 22:52

    ‭Otkrovennye rasskazy strannika dukhovnomu svoemu ottsu = The Way of a Pilgrim and the Pilgrim Continues His Way, AnonymousThe Way of a Pilgrim, or The Pilgrim's Tale (Russian: «Откровенные рассказы странника духовному своему отцу»), is the English title of a 19th-century Russian work, recounting the narrator's journey as a mendicant pilgrim across Russia while practising the Jesus Prayer. It is unknown if the book is literally an account of a single pilgrim, or if it uses a fictional pilgrim's journey as a vehicle to teach the practice of ceaseless inner prayer and communion with God. The Russian original, or a copy of it, was present at a Mount Athos monastery in Greece in the 19th century, and was first published in Kazan in 1884, under the Russian title that translates as "Candid Narratives of a Pilgrim to His Spiritual Father."تاریخ نخستین خوانش: دوازدهم ماه نوامبر سال 2010 میلادیعنوان: زائر روسی؛ نویسنده: ناشناس؛ مترجم: شهریار مشیری؛ تهران، آگاهان ایده، 1387، در 163 ص؛ شابک: 9789645764119؛ موضوع: زندگی معنوی مسحیت؛ قرن 19 مدست‌ بنوشته‌ های مسافری که طی سفرهای خویش از: صومعه‌ ای به صومعه‌ ی دیگر، و از شهری به شهری دیگر، با رخدادها و رویداها و افرادی رودررو می‌شود، و در رهگذر تجربه روحانی می‌شود. «زائر» خوانشگر را به اندرون زندگی روسیه ی اندكی پس از جنگ كریمه، و پیش از لغو بردگی دهقانان، به سال‌های مابین 1856 تا 1861 میلادی می‌برد. شخصیت‌های داستان: شاهزاده‌ ای كه در اضطراب پس دادن كفاره ی زندگی تلف‌ شده ی خود، لحظه‌ شماری می‌كند؛ رئیس دایم‌ الخمر و ستیزه‌ جوی پستخانه؛ و منشی بی‌ایمان و آزادی‌خواه، محكومینی که از منزلی به منزلگاه دیگر و به سوی سیبری ره می‌سپارند؛ چاپارهای امپراتوری که اسب‌ها را در طول جاده‌ های بی‌انتها تا دم مرگ می‌تازانند؛ و فراریانی که در جنگل‌ها سرگردان هستند، فراریانی که در میان آنها: اشراف، دهقانان، كارمندان، اعضای فرقه‌ های مذهبی، معلمان و كشیشان روستایی، با همه ی نارسائی و خوبی‌های خویش به چشم می‌خورند. ا. شربیانی

  • Jan-Maat
    2018-10-23 00:01

    I'm fairly sure that I stumbled upon this while studying Dostoevsky for my final year dissertation at university.The first text, The Way of a Pilgrim, has a timeless feel. The pilgrim wanders across Russia from one place of pilgrimage to another. The pilgrim holds to the practise of continual prayer, first praying 'Christ have mercy on me', building up to 'Christ have mercy upon me, a sinner' and finally reaching 'Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy upon me, a sinner'. The pilgrim walks. The words of the prayer fall in place to the pattern of the pilgrim's heartbeat. The praying is continuous. The non-believer suspects that the altered breathing pattern has an effect on the brain. It's a solid spiritual text. The author was unknown and I don't recall any details that hinted at the time or place of composition. There are no details or even hints about the pilgrim's life before pilgrimage and continuous prayer. But for the development of the prayer the pilgrim's way could be eternal or at least the continuous work of a life of pilgrimage.The sequel, The Pilgrim Continues His Way is entirely different and unintentionally funny. It's firmly placed in the late nineteenth century. An odd group of characters, including a university professor, meet and discuss their religious experiences which frequently seem to include the devil appearing to personally tempt them (as in Ivan's fevered vision in The Brothers Karamazov but without Dostoevsky's literary gravitas). All of these characters are of higher social status, possibly to add social authority to their conversion stories or then again it could be a wish fulfilment fantasy on the part of the anonymous author of the social elite sharing the spiritual outlook of people for whom the appearance of the Devil in everyday life was a believable phenomena. It's hard to imagine anybody but a hardened believer finding these stories remotely believable, unless they were also fond of adding too much vodka to their afternoon beer. As spiritual reading I could only recommend the first part, I'm sure it has an appeal to non-Orthodox Christians as well. As a whole both books could be useful for a reader looking for some insight in to pre-Revolutionary russian religious thinking for ordinary believers. This is part of the spiritual outlook of the minor characters of dozens of Russian and early Soviet novels.

  • Ruthmgon
    2018-10-17 16:55

    Found this years ago through my reading of Franny and Zooey by JD Salinger. Franny is obsessed with the book, and it sort of makes you want to see what all the hoopla is about. (Funny story about that sometime) I re-read this during a book purge, and I think ultimately it is a wonderful little book-- approachable from both a literary or a religious viewpoint.Basically it is this, an anonymous journal/biography of a young man's search for God through the Jesus prayer. This is set in 1860's Russia, when it is apparently common that when life does not go well, that people often give up everything they know and hit the road--ie searching--for meaning or purpose in the religious relics or establishments of the day. This pilgrim knows that he can ask for bread or even shelter from anyone on his journeys and get assistance as he travels. He walks across Russia with his knapsack and trusts that God will provide for him. From the beginning he has one question "How does one pray without ceasing?"He is given the answer by one aged cleric that he meets, and practices the exercise faithfully until he succeeds on a certain level, and is able to encourage and share it with others. He mentions other helpful religious works of the time... At the end of the book, you understand that he has been narrating this to someone else, and is off to Israel,where he has secured passage on a ship for free.The journey and glimpses of the life in 1850s Russia is my favorite part of this, and yet the point is also about the average everyday person and the quest for truth. Also there is a definite draw here for people who are interested in our western versions of meditation..some of the descriptions of how difficult it is to clear your mind and be mindful of practice, reminds me of similar writings of Buddhist meditation. Today's Christian who has no experience of liturgical religious practices may find the views on prayer really confining and outdated, but the main character's earnest desire to be closer to Jesus is also very modern.

  • Maureen
    2018-09-26 17:49

    tonight's my night for reviews about books that nearly drove me crazy.this is one of those books. i had loved franny and zooey but i didn't think that the little book that nearly drove fanny crazy was anything more than a plot device. and then one day i walked into a bookstore i'd never been in before, and there it was. franny's special book, the one that changed everything. it was real. i'd been struggling to maintain some kind of faith at that point. i wanted very badly to believe, and that need had been deeply ingrained. and so i took the book home. i read it. and then as franny did, i began to put it into practice: i tried to pray without ceasing. i believe i succeeded. and i got to a strange place in my mind that way. and finally i felt as i did about the ouija board as a child, that i was toying with things that were as big as they were simple, and i was frightened. i saw that my praying without ceasing made it impossible for me to live in the world. and so i put the book away. and i stopped praying. period. maybe i will start again someday. but certainly not today.

  • Carsten Thomsen
    2018-09-29 20:49

    By the grace of God I am a Christian man, by my actions a great sinner, and by calling a homeless wanderer of the humblest birth who roams from place to place. My worldly goods are a knapsack and some dried bread in it, and a Bible in my breast pocket. And that is all.So begins this russian pilgrim his tale of spiritual search. He walks from place to place seeking advice on mysticism and the prayer life. He acquires The Philokalia, a collection of writings by eastern orthodox church fathers, and in it he finds a lot of wisdom on prayer. But the charm of the book is his account of the people he meets who also tell their story. He finds shelter and friends but also some people who exploit him. He's always searching for a place where he can meditate in silence and solitude but the outer world seem always to interrupt and make demands of him. Some spiritual classics are too heavy on mysticism for my liking - but this was different because it was more a biography. A soul on a spiritual journey - but along the way a lot of wisdom is found.

  • Mateo
    2018-10-10 20:51

    Of course I first came across this book in "Franny and Zooey". I later found it at a place called Urban Ore. I love how virtuosic the pilgrim is with his humility, how open he is to learning secrets from everyone he meets along the road, and how clearly he describes attaining unceasing internal prayer as an experiment of the imagination--to picture your heart beating in your chest and to slowly travel inwards with your creative intellect until you reach it, to sit silently in the spaces between heartbeats, and then feel the love, baby!!! He also did a good job of reminding me how to stay faithful to teachers who have passed through the portal of dreams and sometimes make us feel abandoned and alone. That's when a book can come to the rescue. I felt like whenever I put this book down I could not help but breathe deep and clear and walk along the sunny side of reality; a balm against those cut-off, suffocating parts of my judgemental mind.The Pilgrim Continues His Way wasn't as good in my opinion.

  • Tom
    2018-09-27 19:04

    Another book I encountered when stugying Christian Mysticism and Eastern Orthodox practices. Like "The Cloud of Unknowing" it makes use of the "Jesus Prayer"The Jesus Prayer (Greek: Η Προσευχή του Ιησού) or "The Prayer" (Evkhee, Greek: Η Ευχή - the Wish) is a short, formulaic prayer esteemed and advocated within the Eastern Orthodox church:“Κύριε Ἰησοῦ Χριστέ, Υἱὲ τοῦ Θεοῦ, ἐλέησόν με τὸν ἁμαρτωλόν.” "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner."The prayer has been widely taught and discussed throughout the history of the Eastern Churches. It is often repeated continually as a part of personal ascetic practice, its use being an integral part of the eremitic tradition of prayer known as Hesychasm (Greek: ἡσυχάζω, hesychazo, "to keep stillness"). The prayer is particularly esteemed by the spiritual fathers of this tradition (see Philokalia) as a method of opening up the heart (kardia) and bringing about the Prayer of the Heart (Καρδιακή Προσευχή). The Prayer of The Heart is considered to be the Unceasing Prayer that the apostle Paul advocates in the New Testament. (Remember Paul was the Apostle who went to the Eastern Church while Peter went to Rome and the west.) St. Theophan the Recluse regarded the Jesus Prayer stronger than all other prayers by virtue of the power of the Holy Name of Jesus.

  • Abe
    2018-10-03 22:10

    This book lets the reader enter into the spiritual life of the 19th century Russian Orthodox Church. The narrative form makes it enjoyable and easy to read, even if the stories are more allegorical than autobiographical. The best insights from this book come from the extensive quotes from the "Philokalia", the ancient Greek Christian manuscript about deep spiritual prayer. The narrative just keeps the text from being too dense, and provides a real life practical example of what these teachings would look like if carried out to the extreme. It's humbling to compare the life of that pilgrim to our modern lives full of distractions and luxury. If only we could all be so loving, peaceful, and thankful in every circumstance. As the book says, the key is constant prayer.

  • Christopher
    2018-10-14 19:56

    The anonymous confessions of an early 19th century Russian aestetic to his spiritual adviser, THE WAY OF A PILGRIM is a classic of Orthodox Christian spirituality and contains within its humble account a message accessible to every reader. Far from being a highfaultin' work of theology, its theme is simply the ability of any individual to dwell in the presence of God.The author of the account speaks of how one day in a sermon he heard St Paul's exhortation to "pray without ceasing", and he wondered how that might be possible. When he asks the question of the abbot of a nearby monastery, the wise old monk introduces the pilgrim to the tradition of the prayer of the heart, or "Jesus prayer". The pilgrim wanders all over Russia, as far as Irkutsk in the east of Siberia. His account gives us an enjoyable account of Russian peasant life of the time. As he journeys about, he reads much of the Philokalia, the classic compendium of mystical writings by Orthodox saints. Essentially, the Jesus prayer is an attempt to come closer to God through ceaseless repetition of the phrase "Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner." In the initial steps of his prayer life, the pilgrim says this first hundreds and then thousands of times a day. But the Jesus prayer is no mantra, having intrisic value in its, nor is it "vain repetition". Rather, the prayer is meant to guide the Christian into a ceaseless longing for God in his heart. Without that centering in the heart, speaking the words of the prayer is an empty gesture. The work is an important representation of Orthodoxy to non-Orthodox, and it dispells two popular misconceptions about the Church. One is the accusation made by some Protestants that Orthodoxy is ritualism mediated by a priest, and does not teach a personal relationship by God. You could hardly have a greater relationship with God than calling upon him every waking (and sleeping) hour. The other misconception is that Christianity has no mystical tradition comparable to the East, but THE WAY OF A PILGRIM, once you get past its rather staid prose, will reveal profound teachings on prayer and meditation that the hippest Hindu or Buddhist fads are the palest reflections of.The book does have a sequel, "A Pilgrim Continues His Way", which is published together with THE WAY OF A PILGRIM in some editions. I have not read this yet, and I say that if you can't find an edition with it, don't worry, as the main text has more than enough to keep you occupied. THE WAY OF A PILGRIM is a common introductory reading recommended by Orthodox priests to inquirers and converts in English-speaking countries, and I can heartily recommend it. I should note however that the Philokalia, to which the author often refers, was written for monastics and is generally considered dangerous to read without the guidance of a spiritual father.

  • Evan Hays
    2018-10-18 17:09

    Thanks to Barrett for making me think of putting this one on here. Read this one about five years ago, and enjoyed it immensely. It was the first book I had ever read on Orthodox spiritual life, and it was a major blessing to me. The faith of the peasant in the story to persevere and seek to learn what true prayer was reminded me of our connection with the great cloud of witnesses. Furthermore, I have learned much from the Jesus Prayer, and still use it frequently in times of stress or just to say a simple prayer. The Jesus Prayer has been brought into American consciousness by Franny and Zooey by Salinger, which I happened to read when I was already interested in the Jesus Prayer. Since then, I have listened to several talks by Metropolitan Kallistos Ware on the Jesus Prayer, and these have further encouraged me to keep praying it. (For those who don't know, the Jesus Prayer is some variant of, "Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner.) It can often be used with breathing exercises as an excellent way to remind ourselves through prayer that we are God's and that He is in control of our lives.

  • Vincent Chough
    2018-10-10 20:10

    I found myself travelling with the Pilgrim while reading this book. It is a story about a simple man on a humble journey of profound faith. It reads like a series of parables. While the Orthodox aspects might not be for everyone, there is a universal desire expressed here by all believers: to experience God's presence continually.I enjoyed this book immensely, and it is in itself a type of prayer/meditation. My faith was enriched by the experience, and I plan on rereading it.BTW, I read the Spanish version, Relatos de un Peregrino Ruso. Even though I never studied the language, I can now even pray in Spanish... it just seems like a more celestial language to me.

  • Kelly
    2018-09-27 21:57

    This book was first published while the Tsars were ruling in Russia, in 1793, about six years before the death of George Washington here.At first, saying the Jesus Prayer sounded like a mindless mantra, but in 'The Pilgrim Continues His Way' the speakers discussed all my theological objections. The point seems to be that by adding true faith and personalizing a formal prayer, it comes to have real spiritual power instead of just being a dead religious exercise.What I really liked about these people was how they thought nothing of walking for hours and hours (to Siberia?!) just to get to a good place to read for a few hours, or a few days!

  • David Withun
    2018-10-22 17:58

    I have recommended this book to others more than any other book I have ever read. It is a MUST READ for anybody interested in prayer, spirituality, or just drawing closer to God.

  • Mimi
    2018-10-06 21:07

    I had read this before, but it had been years. However, reading this was exactly what I needed this Lent - some very big a-has for me and some life-changing thoughts.

  • Nissa Rachmidwiati
    2018-09-30 21:45

    Not all those who wander are lost.J.R.R. TolkienI came across this book from Salinger's Franny and Zooey. The Way of Pilgrim plays a central part of the story. Reading TWOAP makes me have a depth understanding to Franny and Zooey and see the novel even clearer. This book makes Franny deals with her spiritual crisis. No wonder though, this book is a great 'wake up call'. The orthodox part is not for everyone but even if you're not a Christian, this book will speak to you in its own way (a non-Christian way). But firstly, you need to open your heart and mind (:TWOAP tells about a spiritual journey of a humble pilgrim who wanders to many places in order to seek for the spiritual fulfillment and meet many people along the way. He is in the phase of a spiritual quest. He has already had faith in God and still wanting to know the way to study interior prayer. At first he comes up with asking about the constant prayer and how one can pray constantly. Then he met a reverend who show him Philokalia and told him about the ceaseless prayer. Ceaseless prayer consists in constantly calling on the name of God, whether one is talking, walking, working, eating, or doing anything else; in all places and at all times it behooves us to call on the name of God.I think that every religion teaches their parishioners to always remember God ceaselessly. The ceaseless prayer not only tells us about asking something but also praying to ask for His mercy by repeating the line, "God, have mercy on me, a sinner!". That makes you humble cause you'll feel that you're 'small' in front of Him for you're (and everybody is) a soul of a sinner and you will always stay humble by asking for His forgiveness. This is what's written on the book about prayer which I love:...What is most unfortunate is that worldly wisdom compels these spiritual teachers to measure God's ways by human standards. Many approach prayer with a misunderstanding and think that the preparatory means and acts produce prayer. They do not see that prayer is the source of all good actions and virtue. They look upon the fruits and results of prayer as means and methods and in this way depreciate the power of prayer.For those who have read Franny and Zooey, I believe these lines from the TWOAP will remind you of the two siblings:God did not create man to be alone, to be preoccupied with himself! People should help one another and lead one another toward salvation in whatever way they can. Look at the saints and the universal teachers; they bustled and worked for the Church day and night; they preached everywhere and did not sit in solitude and did not hide from people.Yes, the whole idea of Franny's solitude came from having read the book and practiced ceaseless prayer as the pilgrim does for hundreds of times. And that particular lines I believe is the idea of Zooey's 'sermon' to Franny that was being paraphrased by Salinger. Take a look a glance at this one :You can say the Jesus Prayer from now till doomsday, but if you don't realize that the only thing that counts in the religious life is detachment, I don't see how you'll ever even move an inch. Detachment, buddy, and only detachment. Desirelessness. 'Cessation from all hankerings.' It's this business of desiring, if you want to know the goddam truth, that makes an actor in the first place. Why're you making me tell you things you already know? Somewhere along the line—in one damn incarnation or another, if you like—you not only had a hankering to be an actor or an actress but to be a good one. You're stuck with it now. You can't just walk out on the results of your own hankerings. Cause and effect, buddy, cause and effect. The only thing you can do now, the only religious thing you can do, is act. Act for God, if you want to— be God's actress, if you want to.TWOAP also wants to show that however everyone has the right to choose their own paths even those who want to devote their life for spiritual purpose only (as you know there are monks, reverends, nurses, and I don't know what else). The idea of it, is written on the argument abot the lines I wrote above between the pilgrim and the reverend. And then the pilgrim argues the reverend's point of view about the reverend's disagremeent regarding living in solitude in order for a spiritual purpose. Here is their argument :"Father, everyone has his gift from God," I said. "There were many preachers but also many hermits. Each one fol. lowed his inclination and believed that God Himself was directing him on his spiritual journey. And what will you say about the saints who left their religious communities and flew to the desert for solitude so that they would not be dis. tracted by people?" "But they were saints," said the priest. "If the saints," I answered, "were careful not to be spiritually ruined by their association with people, then what remains for the great sinner to do?"There. How clever!I think I've reviewed this long enough. If you only want to know about this book, I suggest you to read Franny and Zooey at first. But if you're a devoted Christian and want to experience the epiphany of what many people have reviewed on the review section, read it then.

  • Mark Thomas
    2018-09-29 00:08

    One of Renovare's 25 Books Every Christian Should Read. This book written by an anonymous Russian Christian and first published in 1884 is a good chronicle of one person's quest for developing an ongoing interior prayer life.I found it very refreshing the way that the Pilgrim took his spiritual mentor's advice to see an ongoing interior prayer and then rather than questioning, balking, trying to rewrite it in his own words, he simple set about to try and accomplish it. There is a wonderful lack of the modern day angst that we all seem to have about entering into anything that might challenge our autonomy over all aspects of our life.The Pilgrim discovers this interior prayer and it transforms his heart and his life. He notes "The interior prayer bears fruit in three ways; in the spirit, in the feelings and in revelations". He observes that there is "joyous bubbling in the heart, lightness and courage, the joy of living, power not to feel sickness and sorrow".I love it when he reminds us how simple it is and that "it costs nothing but the effort to sink down in silence into the depths of one's heart and to call more and more upon the radiant name of Jesus. Everyone who does that feels at once the inward light, everything becomes understandable to him, he even catches sight in this lights of some of the mysteries of the kingdom of God."This is a simple and inspiring little book. It numerous references to the Philokalia will also serve to pique your interest in reading that one of the 25 Books as well.

  • Jukka
    2018-10-18 21:48

    The Way of a Pilgrim - Author UnknownThis book plays a central part in Franny by J.D. Salinger.I had intended to only skim, but found this far more interesting than i would have expected; i'm not the sort that you'd normally find reading a book with a picture of an angry Christ on the cover! The book is a combination of an account of a man's itinerant journey in 19th century Russia and the people he meets along the way, and his religious life - in particular his learning to pray without ceasing and reading the religious book the Philokalia. This book is now also used as a source for those seeking to learn to pray without ceasing, though i'm not sure whether or not this was the intent from the author.Who actually wrote this, not necessarily their name, but more what brought them to write such a strange and interesting book, perhaps will never be known, but has captured my imagination.Catching my imagination as well is what brought Salinger to include this so centrally in Franny.The book Franny is to a large part a book about the book The Way of a Pilgrim which is to a large part a book about the book Philokalia. How the themes of self-perfection, illumination, and purification fit into Franny both book and person will perhaps come up in our conversation.

  • Timothy
    2018-09-26 00:42

    This is a strangely simple, somewhat episodic tale. As obscure as the origins of this work are (and therefore difficult to tell whether it's fiction or nonfiction), I find the character of this peasant difficult to relate to. Granted, he comes from a very different walk of life than pretty much anyone alive today, but despite an inordinate amount of introspection, I just didn't see very many moments when this person had doubts--about his faith, about his life choices, and about the efficacy of the simple prayer to which he dedicates his every waking moment. Maybe I'm just too stuck in my modern Western mindset, but frankly I found the stories of a lot of the characters the pilgrim meets to be much more evocative than that of our pious protagonist. I'll tell you, though, the very fact that this man just seems to float from place to place on some spiritual cloud, makes me all the more curious if the spiritual practices this book features will work for a modern, busy person.

  • Jeremy
    2018-10-01 19:46

    This book simultaneously illustrates the beauty of focusing your life on being in God's presence AND the danger of becoming so absorbed in personal formation that you cease to see opportunities to love. It is the narrative of a pilgrim in Russia in the 1800's who develops a singular obsession with fostering unceasing, inner prayer, with the use of the Jesus Pray "Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner."The prayer appears to draw his heart closer to God, and provide him with wisdom, yet at almost every time he encounters an opportunity to serve and love others, his initial reaction is one of irritation and distraction. The author's thesis is that when called to inner prayer, even ministry is a distraction, for what could be a higher calling than being in God's presence. His logic unfortunately falls short of the fact that since Scripture states that "God is love" that the more one spends in His presence, the more one should naturally be given to love, active and living.

  • booklady
    2018-10-02 18:48

    I can see why I was so taken with this book the first time I read it. Then it opened doors into prayer which I never knew were possible. Now, years later, it seems less profound but still sweet and full of wonderful little vignettes about the possiblities that a life of constant prayer can offer.><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><Read this MANY(!) years ago--shortly after my daughters were born. Don't know if it was the book itself, my spiritual immaturity at the time, Grace or a combination of all three, but this was a life-changing experience for me. Although there are not many spiritual mystics, we are all called in Holy Scripture to a life of contemplative prayer. The anonymous pilgrim in this "Way" offers his insights and experiences for our benefit.God willing, I hope to re-read this soon!

  • Keith
    2018-09-30 22:06

    This is a book written in the 1800's by a humble man who was seeking to connect deeply with the divine through inner prayer. He seeks for someone to teach him how to pray constantly and ultimately comes upon a book called the Philokalia, which is a real book. In the Philokalia he learns the 'prayer of the heart' which is known as 'The Jesus Prayer'. Along his journey he meets many others, learning from some and teaching some. Toward the end of the book you'll be introduced to how to enter into the Jesus' Prayer effectively.

  • Martin Schoffstall
    2018-10-12 20:40

    I'm now reading this again and studying it with another person. I wish I had read this when i was 16 instead of Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress".This book helps one contemplate on the pursuit of God (borrowing from Tozer), the pilgrim's focus on prayer leads him down the path of many interactions and many ministries. While a true Eastern Orthodox disciple would disagree, one could imagine that focusing on love, hope or faith, might do the same thing - place us in Kingdom pursuits that are unsuspected.

  • Jim George
    2018-09-25 23:51

    This is a story told by a wandering Russian 19th century pilgrim mystic. This pilgrim travels from monastery to monastery continually reciting The Jesus Prayer - Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner. In his travels he encounters multitudes of monks and priests and other holy pilgrims, whom all share their tidbits of spiritual wisdom. If you constantly walk in the presence of God, with ceaseless prayer in your heart, you will know peace. Man in his worldly position needs hope, Jesus is the answer to hope.

  • James Moes
    2018-10-14 18:06

    It's quite remarkable to follow the pilgrim's transformation from a simple seeker to a wise teacher/healer. A life rich with thankfulness & prayer & hospitable conversations.Franny and Zooey led me to this book, and now this book has me facing the prospect of reading the Philokalia (in its four large volumes), but more importantly: of learning thankfulness, of slowing down, of inviting more people into our home, and of praying unceasingly.

  • Patrick
    2018-10-22 16:41

    If you try to overanalyze this book, you will completely miss the beauty of this book.Great spiritual book. I was recommended it by several people. All Christians should read this book. This book teaches the reader, how to use the Jesus prayer to fulfill the life of a Christian.The second part of this book isn't as good at the first part, but still valuable. It sums up the point of the book.

  • Stephanie
    2018-10-01 23:47

    Story of an anonymous wanderer who set out on a journey across nineteenth-century Russia with nothing but a backpack, some bread, and a Bible, with a burning desire to learn the true meaning of the words of St. Paul: "Pray without ceasing."A true inspiration on prayer that will stay with me for the rest of my life.

  • John Michalski
    2018-09-30 16:42

    We probably all have one or two books that so completely change us - and set us off on such a different course - that we can divide our lives into "before I read it" and "afterwards."This is one of those books for me.

  • Debbi
    2018-10-04 01:03

    This was one of the first books I read about "The Prayer of the Heart" or Jesus Prayer. I will definitely read this one again.*****Still lives up to a 2nd reading. Quite an encouraging book to read for Lent.

  • Nate
    2018-10-12 20:05

    Great insight into Russian Orthodox spirituality's emphasis on the Jesus Prayer.

  • Diane Ricks
    2018-10-11 18:56

    A great read that never gets old. Wonderful for lent or any reflective time.