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The Desert Fathers

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Written by Helen WaddellAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Helen Waddell
Preface by Basil PenningtonAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Basil Pennington

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
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  • Publisher: Vintage
  • On Sale: March 24, 1998
  • Price: $15.95
  • ISBN: 978-0-375-70019-4 (0-375-70019-6)
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A Vintage Spiritual Classic

By the fourth century A.D., devout Christians—men and women alike—had begun to retreat from cities and villages to the deserts of North Africa and Asia Minor, where they sought liberation from their corrupt society and the confining shell of the social self. The Desert Fathers is the perfect introduction to the stories and sayings of these heroic pioneers of the contemplative tradition. Selected and translated by Helen Waddell, The Desert Fathers opens a window onto early Christianity while presenting us with touchingly human models of faith, humility, and compassion.

In the annals of spirituality, certain books stand out both for their historical importance and for their continued relevance. The Vintage Spiritual Classics series offers the greatest of these works in authoritative new editions, with specially commissioned essays by noted contemporary commentators. Filled with eloquence and fresh insight, encouragement and solace, Vintage Spiritual Classics are incomparable resources for all readers who seek a more substantive understanding of mankind’s relation to the divine.