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The Way of a Pilgrim and The Pilgrim Continues His Way

The Way of a Pilgrim and The Pilgrim Continues His Way

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Published by: folmosreveron on Mar 15, 2011
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The Way of a Pilgrim and The Pilgrim Continues His Way Anonymous (translated by R.M. French)

The Way of a Pilgrim is a wonderful novel first published in 1884 in Kazan. It recounts the story of an anonymous Russian pilgrim who is seeking to learn how to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). He is taught the Jesus Prayer (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner) by an old monk and acquires a copy of the Philokalia, a collection of writings on prayer by the ancient Fathers. Th pilgrim wanders all over e Russia and Siberia meeting many people and seeking a spiritual father to learn more about inner prayer. During the course of his wanderings, the Jesus Prayer becomes the source of the pilgrim’s spiritual nourishment and comfort for his troubles. The Pilgrim Continues His Way, the second part of this book was published almost three decades later and , recounts the pilgrim’s return to his spiritual father. The characters proceed to discuss the theology of inner prayer in the Holy Scriptures and the Philokalia. The lesson of this book is that prayer and asceticism are for Christians in every walk of life - not just for monastics. The book also presents the challenge of living a Christ-centered life with few material possessions in the modern world.

Reviewed by Mark and Anastasia Vassilakis

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