With an introduction by Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh, The Way of a Pilgrim presents one of Russia's greatest spiritual classics of Christian truth in an unpretentious literary prose of genuine beauty. An unknown pilgrim of the mid-nineteenth century tells his story of wandering through Russia and Siberia, from one holy place to another, in search of the way of prayer. R. M. French's superb translation conveys the charm of the original as well as brilliantly conveying the spiritual truths of the gospel, which are never bound to or owned by a particular culture. In the much-loved sequel, The Pilgrim Continues His Way, the narrator shares more of his story. He describes his journeyings among the holy places of Russia and his challenging encounters with holy people, the desire still burning within him to discover deeper experiences of prayer and draw closer to the heart of God.
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One of the most important prayers to engage in for the love of God is what is called the Jesus Prayer. In The Way of a Pilgrim we encounter what the prayer is and why it is important. An anonymous pilgrim describes his efforts to understand what St Paul advised us in his epistle to “pray ceaselessly”. This book describes the pilgrims wanderings and how his expereinces bring him to the wisdom of asking God simply and humbly for mercy. I could not put this book down once I started and it brought great joy to my heart.more
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.more
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.more
Absolute classic on the practice of the Jesus Prayer in a historical context. Well worth reading even if you never went on to practice the Jesus Prayer.more
An unnamed pilgrim travels around Russia and Siberia, seeking wisdom. He finds inner peace and strength through repeating the Jesus prayer, a uniquely Eastern Christian combination of prayer and mantra.Any receptive reader will appreciate this combination of well-told story and easy-to-understand guide to prayer and meditation.more
While it has been some time since I read this, I remember it fondly. I am not a traditionally religious person, but this book struck a chord with me. Though I am in desperate need of weeding my collection, this is one that I cannot bring myself to part with.more
Like many other people, I was inspired to attempt the discipline of continuous prayer by reading this book.more
In an anonymous autobiographical account the benefits of continually praying, "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me," are extolled by a nineteenth century Russian peasant.more
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