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Practicing the Monastic Disciplines

Finding Deep Spirituality in a Shallow World

by Sam Hamstra Jr. and Samuel Cocar

Imprint: Wipf and Stock

156 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.31 in

  • Paperback
  • 9781725293601
  • Published: July 2021

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  • 9781725293595
  • Published: July 2021

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  • 9781725293618
  • Published: July 2021

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In Practicing the Monastic Disciplines, authors Sam Hamstra Jr. and Samuel Cocar recover the wisdom of the Christian desert and make it more available and accessible to modern Christians, especially those in the evangelical circle they inhabit. Believing that moderns like themselves often flail in their Christian lives, the authors discover in the desert Christians of late antiquity a clear map for growing in Christlikeness, as well as an effective set of tools (or weapons) for combating temptation. This set of insights sees its completion in the spiritual theology of Evagrius Ponticus, a monastic theologian who expertly assessed the maladies and corresponding remedies of Christian discipleship. Evagrius and his comrades offer modern Christians a coherent framework for spiritual formation and growth, one which treats seriously both the frailties of human nature and the potential for sanctification. This strand of patristic spirituality guides us toward glorifying God through both training our bodies and ordering our interior lives.
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