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The early Christian monastic traditons offer a wealth of insights into the nature and the aspirations of the human person. Long before psychology became the main reference point for the interoretation of our lives, the Desert Fathers and Mothers were true doctors of the soul--men and women who made a real life experience the basis for their spirituality rather than airy ideals.
The Christian hermits, ascetics, and monks of early history had deep insight into the nature and aspirations of humankind. Drawing on their experiences in the cloisters of the desert they became sought after mentors, teachers, and spiritual guides. This book is filled with poignant wisdom stories relating their message to modern daily life.