Writers of the Philokalia: An Overview, By Marilynn Hughes

Writers of the Philokalia: An Overview - The Early Church Fathers of the Western Christian Tradition are widely known, but the Early Desert Fathers of the Orthodox Church (The Writers of the Philokalia) are not as widely known or understood. What makes them unique is their unusual asceticism. Most of them became hermits and lived in the caves of Egypt to uncover the deepest secrets of the inner soul of man. It was in this profound aloneness and heightened dispassion, that these Early Desert Fathers found God. And it was in this utter silence, that they expounded the deep truths which they discovered and wrote down for generations to come. ‘Writers of the Philokalia’ seeks to simplify the four to six volume collection of the Philokalia by introducing the lives and teachings of these Desert Fathers in an Overview fashion.

"You amaze me. We are both prolific in what we do (writing-you; drawing-me), but how you write all this material - so much great material-- is 'beyond me!'" - Billy Bob Beamer, Artist, Coast to Coast AM Listener

“Hope you are well. I for one am very happy about the arrival of this book. I have studied ‘The Philokalia’ only after your recommendation and was I glad about that! One of several books by other writers which you have guided me towards, my other personal favorite being ‘A Wanderer in the Spirit Lands’ by A. Farnese. Books that have so much depth you gain more and more understanding on repeated readings (just like your own work of course). And great for reading before sleep. Fascinating to learn about these mysterious spiritual writers and the path they were called to follow. They must have been inspiring people to have encountered. It would be a blessing to have met them in person. Thanks, Marilynn, for this important and unique book.” – Neil Wodicka, Reader, London, UNITED KINGDOM

"Thanks Marilynn for the 'Writers of the Philokalia: An Overview,' I've just finished reading it. It is not only about writers, but so very nice a summary of the Philokalia and for me another reason to read 'The Philokalia' again. Love, Greg" - Jennifer, Reader, UNITED STATES

"This is a beautiful book about love,'Bridal Mysticism: An Overview.' It is not like many "love" books about love, but about the only TRUE LOVE. Some parts left me speechless with tears in my eyes. This could be perfect Valentine's present for my wife (but I will wait for her birthday) with many lessons of True Love in Jesus for both of us. Although I read many authors summarized in this book, showing common theme from all of them magnifies tremendously the whole aspect of bridal theology. Thank you for your book, your work. Love Greg” – Greg, Reader, USA

"Hello Marilynn. Hope this finds you well. I just wanted to send you and yours peace profound this Holiday season and beyond. The work you are doing here is fantastic. I also wanted to let you know that I read your book 'Bridal Mysticism: An Overview.' I enjoyed it very much. I believe that it is an important work which will inspire the reader to embrace the divine feminine and usher in the shekinah. A profound need in our current age of spiritual expression. Happy holidays. Keep up the good works. Mark” – Mark Certo, The Monroe Institute and the Triad Mind, Atlanta, GA, USA