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Becoming Fire

Through the Year with the Desert Fathers and Mothers; New and Revised Edition

Edited by Tim Vivian

Becoming Fire
Becoming Fire

eISBN: 9780879073459, CS300E

Details: 504 pgs,
Publication Date: 11/15/2024
Cistercian Publications
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Revised edition of Tim Vivian’s Becoming Fire continues to inspire readers with ancient wisdom for modern Christian contemplation.

The sayings of the desert monks of the fifth and sixth centuries continue to inspire readers with their wisdom, and those who read them as the ancients did, slowly and reflectively, still learn from the insights they offer. In this revised edition of Becoming Fire: Through the Year with the Desert Fathers and Mothers, Tim Vivian arranges these 'words' in short daily readings and invites readers to savor the monks' advice as guides to Christian living.

This volume provides:

  • sayings and stories for each day of the year to use for lectio divina.
  • saints and revered persons from the Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Episcopalian traditions.
  • sayings from the Philokalia and the fourth-fifth century monastic writers Neilos of Ancyra and Hyperechios, among others.

In addition, there is a glossary of important monastic terms with cross-references to the fuller glossary in volume two of The Sayings and Stories of the Desert Fathers and Mothers (Cistercian Publications, 2023). Perfect for students and enthusiasts of the desert tradition and desert monasticism.

Tim Vivian is professor emeritus of religious studies at California State University Bakersfield and a retired priest in the Episcopal Church. In 2018, he received an honorary doctorate of divinity from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP, Episcopal) for his scholarship and work for social justice. He has published numerous books, articles, and book reviews on early Christian monasticism, including, with Cistercian Publications, The Life of Antony, Words to Live By, The Holy Workshop of Virtue, Becoming Fire, and The Sayings and Stories of the Desert Fathers and Mothers (vols. 1, and 2, 2021, 2023).

eISBN: 9780879073459, CS300E

Details: 504 pgs,
Publication Date: 11/15/2024
Cistercian Publications