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For nearly two millennia, the holy menand women of Eastern Christianity havebuilt lives of reflection, humility, andconstant connection to God around asimple sentence, the Jesus Prayer. Now,Norris J. Chumley—a documentarian andprofessor—reveals the history, practices,and abiding wisdom of this mysticaltradition to the rest of the world.

Chumley traveled to some of the earlyChurch’s holiest sites with the VeryReverend Dr. John A. McGuckin, a priestand professor—to St. Anthony’s Monasteryin the Egyptian desert and St. Catherine’sMonastery on Mount Sinai, to convents inTransylvania and to monasteries in Russia,the Ukraine, and Greece—in search ofChristianity’s first mystical tradition andits modern-day practitioners. The monksand nuns he met taught him how to movethrough the stages of the Jesus Prayer, andhow it can foster an unceasing, and everdeepening,conversation with God.

Enriched with stunning color photographsof these holy sites, where photography israrely allowed, Mysteries of the Jesus Prayerreveals the powerful theology packed intothis prayer’s few words.

Published: HarperCollins on Apr 5, 2011
ISBN: 9780062041708
List price: $10.99
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This book is a companion to a film project, which I haven't seen. It's more travelogue than prayer manual and gets repetitive at times, both in the text and the photos, some of which are very touching in their depictions of monks who were interviewed. A quick and interesting read, but for a real understanding of the value of the Jesus Prayer, I'd reach for the anonymous classic "The Way of the Pilgrim".read more
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Norris Chumley has undertaken a mission to familiarize western Christians with the Jesus prayer, which goes "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner" in its long form. The short form is "Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me." The prayer is quite common in the Eastern Orthodox Church, and those who pray it have experienced great blessings. Chumley travels to monasteries and churches in Egypt, Mount Athos, Romania, Ukraine, and Russia to talk with those who regularly pray the prayer. The book is a combination theological piece and travelogue. A companion DVD has been released, and I look forward to seeing what was described in the book. I found this to be a very uplifting book.read more
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This book is a companion to a film project, which I haven't seen. It's more travelogue than prayer manual and gets repetitive at times, both in the text and the photos, some of which are very touching in their depictions of monks who were interviewed. A quick and interesting read, but for a real understanding of the value of the Jesus Prayer, I'd reach for the anonymous classic "The Way of the Pilgrim".
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Norris Chumley has undertaken a mission to familiarize western Christians with the Jesus prayer, which goes "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner" in its long form. The short form is "Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me." The prayer is quite common in the Eastern Orthodox Church, and those who pray it have experienced great blessings. Chumley travels to monasteries and churches in Egypt, Mount Athos, Romania, Ukraine, and Russia to talk with those who regularly pray the prayer. The book is a combination theological piece and travelogue. A companion DVD has been released, and I look forward to seeing what was described in the book. I found this to be a very uplifting book.
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