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Oasis of Wisdom.

Oasis of Wisdom

Rev. David G. R. Keller

The Liturgical Press

St. John's Abbey, PO Box 7500, Collegeville, MN 56321-7500

0814630340 $16.95 1-800-858-5450

Rev. David G. R. Keller, Ed.D., presents Oasis of Wisdom: The Worlds of the Desert Fathers and Mothers is a scholarly and spiritual examination of the lives, beliefs, and wisdom of early Christian monastic men and women in Egypt and other desert lands. Chapters discuss daily lives and survival in such communities; the virtues that those living in such communities strove to achieve; and the lessons the postmodern world can learn from the early ascetics, such as the importance of stillness and science, humility, and patience. The importance of praxis, literally "action that is habitually repeated" and considered to be labor and vigilance toward the innner spirit leading to love of God and neighbor in this context, is also a key founding point. Oasis of Wisdom will prove most accessible to intermediate students and scholars of history, religion, and spirituality, yet it is careful to define and delineate terms so as not to exclude lay readers. Highly recommended for anyone seeking a deeper understanding in the theological and spiritual as well as the historical lives of early Christians.
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Title Annotation:Oasis of Wisdom: The Worlds of the Desert Fathers and Mothers
Author:Taylor, John
Publication:Reviewer's Bookwatch
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Sep 1, 2005
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