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An Introduction to the Desert Fathers

, 2007
ISBN: 9781597525305


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The desert fathers wanted to get away from a church co-opted by empire and a Christian faith grown cold and listless. They retreated to the desert to do battle against demons and against their own worst desires. They had no intention of being famous; yet ironically their Sayings have inspired millions of imitators over the centuries. This guide is meant to accompany a reading of the Sayings of the Desert Fathers, in hopes that readers with lives quite different than those third- and fourth-century dwellers of the Egyptian desert might nevertheless come to imitate their lives of poverty, chastity, and obedience; and more importantly, that readers might grow more imaginative and passionate in their following of the same Lord.

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Jason Byassee’s An Introduction to the Desert Fathers is an excellent companion to all who seek to glean wisdom from the monks’ encounters with the realities of God and of their sin. By drawing together the world of fourth-century monasticism with our consumerist culture of the twenty-first century, Byassee helps us discern the call of the desert today.

—J. Warren Smith, associate professor of historical theology, Duke Divinity School

In this beautiful, informative, probing, and wise introduction to the spirituality of the desert, Byassee both immerses us in, and invites us to embrace, an older, sometimes alien, way of inhabiting our relationship with the triune God.

—Lauren F. Winner, assistant professor of Christian spirituality, Duke Divinity School

. . . What sets this little book apart from others on desert spirituality is Byassee’s ability to help modern readers understand and practice the wisdom the desert monks offer.

Evangelical Review of Theology

  • Title: An Introduction to the Desert Fathers
  • Author: Jason Byassee
  • Series: Cascade Companions
  • Publisher: Cascade
  • Print Publication Date: 2007
  • Logos Release Date: 2013
  • Pages: 130
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Spirituality; Spiritual life › Christianity; Desert Fathers
  • ISBNs: 9781597525305, 9781498210379, 1597525308, 1498210376
  • Resource Type: text.monograph.study-guide
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-10-07T22:16:38Z

Jason Byassee (PhD, Duke University) is the inaugural Butler Chair in Homiletics and Biblical Hermeneutics at Vancouver School of Theology in Vancouver, British Columbia. He previously served as senior pastor of Boone United Methodist Church in the Western North Carolina Conference and taught at Duke Divinity School. He serves as a contributing editor to the Christian Century and is the author of numerous books, including Trinity: The God We Don't Know, The Gifts of the Small Church, and Praise Seeking Understanding: Reading the Psalms with Augustine


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  1. Glenn Crouch

    Glenn Crouch


    This is an excellent little book that not only helps you navigate the Sayings of the Desert Fathers, but serves as a good introduction to ancient monastic life. The Author does a fine job of highlighting both the strengths and the weaknesses of the various topics that the Sayings covers. He uses a well-thought-out level of humour (normally from the Sayings themselves) to help the reader get below the surface of what are often very foreign topics for a 21st Century Christian. Highly recommended for those wanting to study the Desert Fathers - would also be good as a starting point, ie to see what all the fuss is about when it comes to the Desert Fathers :) Nice use of questions at the end of each chapter helps to improve personal study, or promote small group study. Also includes a useful Bibliography for further study. This is a worthy addition to the other Cascade Companions that I have read.


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