WAY OF THE ASCETICS: THE ANCIENT TRADITION OF DISCIPLINE AND INNER GROWTH
Colliander invites the reader along a path that demands the utmost seriousness of intent. The instruction contained in this book is rigorous and uncompromising, as far removed from the current climate of opinion as possible rendering useless the excuses and reservations that keep us from spiritual exertion.
Way of the Ascetics is a rich, compact introduction for modern readers to the Eastern Christian spiritual tradition that has been an inspiration to millions for centuries. These compassionate and insightful reflections on self-control and inner peace are meant to lead the readers to fuller union with God. The author makes a generous selection of succinct yet profound extracts from the spiritual Fathers and provides an illuminating commentary and practical applications for daily devotion. He tempers austerity with common sense, warmth, and even humor, as he urges us on our journey toward God.
Written for laypersons living fully in the world as much as for clergy, Way of the Ascetics is an excellent resource for daily meditation, authentic spiritual guidance, and a revitalized religious life.
About the Author
Tito Colliander was born in St Petersburg, Russia, but lived most of his life in Helsinki, Finland, where he was an Orthodox layman and the author of several books in both the religious and secular fields.