Writers of the Philokalia: An Overview, By Marilynn Hughes - 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. Many of them were mystics or experienced out of body travel. 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. This book gives you an overview and insight into a subject otherwise only understood through lengthy study.
“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
"i was a student with a Staretz of the Philokalia in the 1970's. (It's a) long story. i just realized that Kenosis is Sunyata ... emptiness. St. Paul says the incarnation, becoming a human in physical form is emptying - Jesus emptying himself just as it says in the Zen Sutra, the Heart Sutra, (in that) all form is emptiness." - Isa Kocher, Academia.edu "I have devoted my entire life to study and practice the Writings of Desert fathers which are much more precious to me then my own life. Your contributions to promote spiritual writings will be remembered by future generations and will be the beginning of new Era Of Spiritual growth on this earth..... Warmest wishes for you with praying heart." - Elyas Patel, Academia.edu "Thank you, Marilynn. I have an interest in the Early Church and I have heard about the Philokalia but have read no writings about this." - Mark Burwell, Academia.edu "I like the title as we apply anthropomorphisms to God (Philokalia - Love of the Beautiful, Love of the Good) - even saying he is omnipresent is just a ridicuous lable for the Imcomprehensible. Take care." - Kevin Creasey, Independent Researcher, Academia.edu