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Words for Our Lives.

Words for Our Lives

Matthew the Poor

Ancient Faith Publishing

PO Box 748, Chesterton, IN 46304-0748


9781936270514, $16.95, PB, 192pp,

Father Matta El Meskeen or Matthew the Poor (20 September 1919-8 June 2006) was an Egyptian Coptic Orthodox monk. He was the key figure in the revival of Egyptian monasticism which began in 1969 when he was appointed to the Monastery of St Macarius in the Wadi El Natrun in Egypt. By the time of his death the community had grown from 6 aged monks to 130 monks, and many other monasteries had revived, and new ones opened. He was twice nominated to become Coptic Pope, but was not chosen in either case. Abba Matta was also a theologian, and author of 181 books and hundreds of journal articles on Biblical exegesis, Ecclesiastical rites, spiritual and theological matters, and much more. "Words for Our Lives: The Spiritual Words of Matthew the Poor" constitutes the first appearance in English of a selection of the informal talks Abba Matta gave to his fellow monks and to visitors. In simple, accessible language, he addresses subjects ranging from Scripture to the church year to everyday life in the world. To read these talks is to sit at the feet of one of the greatest spiritual teachers of our age. "Words for Our Lives" is as inspired as it is inspiring, making it very highly recommended reading for all members of the Christian community regardless of their denominational affiliation in general, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in Coptic Christianity in particular. It should be noted that "Words for Our Lives" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).

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Title Annotation:Words for Our Lives: The Spiritual Words of Matthew the Poor
Publication:Internet Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:Jul 1, 2016
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