Things of the Hidden God

Journey to the Holy Mountain

By Christopher Merrill

Things of the Hidden God

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  • ISBN: 9781498292528
  • Pages: 300
  • Publication Date: 3/7/2016
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Things of the Hidden God

Journey to the Holy Mountain

By Christopher Merrill

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  • ISBN: 9781498292528
  • Pages: 300
  • Publication Date: 3/7/2016
  • Retail Price: $35.00
Web Price: $28.00
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"If I had learned anything during the war, it was that our walk in the sun is brief, and so I resolved to wander from monastery to monastery, a sojourner in the world of last things." So poet and journalist Christopher Merrill tells us near the beginning of this gripping account of the transforming pilgrimages he made to Mount Athos, in Greece, in the aftermath of the Balkan wars of the 1990s. "It was time for me to come to terms with the way my life had turned out: the love I had squandered, the misgivings I had about my vocation and my faith, the dread I felt at every turn."
In despair and longing to end his spiritual desolation, Merrill became one of a handful of visitors permitted entry to Mount Athos--a mysterious land that for more than a thousand years has been the secret heart of the Eastern Orthodox Church. There, amid the beautiful terrain, the ancient rhythms, and the spiritual rigor of this holy place, he found a haven.
As Merrill's story unfolds, we, too, hike the rough trails of Athos, exploring a place and a way of life scarcely altered since medieval times. We share encounters with monks and spiritual seekers; visit Athos's twenty monasteries, where exquisite art treasures are sequestered; make our way to lonely hermitages that clutch the cliffs above the sea. Like Merrill, we come to consider existence in a new and different light.
Part journal of personal discovery, part meditation upon the history and traditions of the contemplative life, Things of the Hidden God takes us where the temporal and the eternal intersect, where community and solitude coexist, and where centuries-old practices offer insight for how to live today.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"A beautifully realized record of an ancient impulse--the pilgrimage toward the Holy--that has never seemed more necessary. Christopher Merrill, in this book, is a reliable guide to esoteric terrain, a shrewd reader of history and literature, and an eloquent artist."
-James Carroll. Author of Constantine's Sword and Crusade

"Mount Athos is a spectacular and spellbinding place, mysterious and magnetic, dedicated to its own secrets. Merrill's intimately conceived and beautifully told tribute to his deepening relation to the lure of Athos and its traditions, and the discoveries to which it has led him, is a rich and revealing personal chronicle."
-W. S. Merwin

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Christopher Merrill

Bio(s)-

Christopher Merrill has published six collections of poetry, including Watch Fire, for which he received the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets; many edited volumes and books of translations; and five works of nonfiction. His latest prose book, The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War, chronicles travels in Malaysia, China and Mongolia, and the Middle East. His writings have been translated into nearly forty languages; his journalism appears widely; his honors include a Chevalier from the French government in the Order of Arts and Letters. As director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, Merrill has conducted cultural diplomacy missions to more than fifty countries. He serves on the US National Commission for UNESCO, and in April 2012 President Obama appointed him to the National Council on the Humanities.

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