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It has definite characteristics we learn in the course of our life, in the behavior and teaching of the early monastics, as we ponder over what we can say about God as God deals with us, and finally, as we model our own lives on what we have learned. Roberta C. Convert currency. Add to Basket.

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Don't let the date of the book fool you, it is still relevant and helpful, even after thirty years in print. I highly recommend this book to those interested in the early church or interested in cultivating their own spirituality. Jan 24, Logan Lovelace rated it really liked it. I have read this book a few times over the past few years. It is a quick read, but full of practical information that can be applied in ones own daily life.

The book approaches ideas on how to love by looking at attitudes such as humbleness and the passions- both of which we tend to look at quite differently than how they are defined in this book. Early church fathers are used in this book as demonstration. Each time I read this book I am reminded of where I am lacking in loving others and God as I have read this book a few times over the past few years.

Oct 02, Cheryl rated it really liked it.

I gave it four stars only because some of the theology was a bit beyond my comfort level. It's not a thick book few pages , but full of insight into a people I never knew existed. Who were these "desert mothers and fathers"?


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Why, they were the early Christian church, fled into the desert to avoid persecution. No one ever told me how the church came to be, or who the people were who carried the stories that ended up in our theological canon. Jan 03, Dianne rated it it was amazing. I was blessed to have the opportunity to read this volume and then share with others at the "Spirit Streams Retreat" led by Roberta Bondi. This slim volume gives the reader a picture of Christianity before it became all about rules and the law, before the Inquisition.

It is practical, and useful as a guide today for deepening one's spirituality as well as historically correct, written in an engaging style. May 21, Nikki is currently reading it. The fleshing out of what Christian love is. The book is an introduction to the desert fathers.

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Written in a way that opens the reader into discussion with people from the early church. Even though these men and women lived at a very different time in history they had many of the problems that we deal with today. May 20, Keith rated it liked it. This is a summary of the early desert monastics and their emphasis on love, humility and an explanation of 'The passions'.

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Bondi also describes kataphatic and apophatic prayer and how the two complement one another. Bondi's understanding of the dessert monastics brings to life a picture of people who were moving toward a loving God while simultaneously inspiring the reader in the same direction.

May 13, Kate Davis rated it it was amazing Shelves: theme-religion-theology , non-fiction , research-sin-pride. Bondi thoroughly understands the world and writings of the early church monastics, and translates their wisdom and stories into a work modern Christians can understand. So lovely and gracious and kind. Sep 11, James rated it it was amazing Shelves: spiritual-formation , desert-spirituality. This is a great book. Roberta Bondi explores the spirituality of the desert abbas and ammas to discover what they have to say about cultivating hearts full of love for God and others.

For such a strange ascetic lot, Bondi manages to picture them as full of grace.


Sep 19, Jonny rated it really liked it Shelves: personal-collection. Excellent, easy-to-read text that does a great job channeling more complicated readings from early Christians. I likely read it too fast, but it needs a slower digestion. That is the trouble with graduate school. Oct 06, Bank rated it it was amazing. All i can really say here is this an incredible book which i will read again asap so i can absorb what i missed the first time.

If you never understood the meaning of humility like me and its impact on a spiritual person's life, again read this book. Mar 13, Andy rated it it was amazing. I've given away all my copies of this book. The wisdom of the early desert monastics really made some powerful impacts on my faith. A short but powerful book.

Jan 29, Irene rated it really liked it. Should go back and read these again to see if I would find them as powerful 15 years later. George rated it it was amazing Jan 19, Leah rated it really liked it Jan 07, Joe Davis rated it it was amazing Apr 29, Charlie rated it really liked it Jul 05, Casey rated it liked it Aug 05, Angela rated it it was amazing Feb 19, Em rated it it was amazing Jul 30, Heath rated it it was amazing Jan 28, Michael Hanley rated it liked it Mar 26, John Inverso rated it it was amazing Nov 15, Priscilla rated it really liked it Aug 25, Michelle rated it liked it Dec 17, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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Books by Roberta C. No trivia or quizzes yet. Quotes from To Love as God Loves. How could Christians worship a God who deliberately chose to share in human birth with all its mess and vulnerability and limitation, as well as a shameful death? How can we now worship a God to whom all the unimportant little details of our lives actually matter?