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Lawrence S. Cunningham Foreword by. Shows that a life of prayer, a passion for justice and the spirit of solidarity cannot be separated. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published September 1st by Orbis Books first published January 1st More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Letters from the Desert , please sign up.
Be the first to ask a question about Letters from the Desert. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Letters from the Desert. Nov 08, Lea rated it liked it Shelves: faith-spirituality , non-fiction , owned. I am not speaking only of the selfishness of the wealthy, heaping up riches for themselves, or of those who sacrifice to achieve their self-selected goals.
Or of the dictator who breathes in the incense due only to God. And here is the deepest form of self-deception, dictated by self-centeredness at its worst: spiritual egotism. This most insidious form of egotism even uses piety and prayer for its own gain. View all 4 comments. May 23, Marija rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction , christian , european-lit , eastern-lit , inspirational , philosophy.
If I was asked how I would label this one which I'm not but you'll get it anyway I'd say a self-help book. A self-help book for Christians, of course, but if you could look past all the prayers, God, and Holy Marys' this is really one of those today's self-help books and also written at the beginning of the 20th century! This is such a marvel for me bc the themes were quite universal and just touched themes that I needed and some I didn't know existed.
And plus that, it was written from Sahara If I was asked how I would label this one which I'm not but you'll get it anyway I'd say a self-help book. And plus that, it was written from Sahara desert. All that said I would primarily recommend this to all the Christians here bc this is primarily a Christian book.
And to a curious bypasser to take a peek. Jan 24, booklady rated it really liked it Recommended to booklady by: Fr. Larry Richards. Shelves: , adventure , autobiography , classic , church-documents , education , family , hagiography , history , non-fiction. Autobiographical account of Carlo Carretto's decision to join desert hermitage founded by Charles de Foucauld.
Brief background of his early life and letters he wrote mostly to his sisters from the desert. Can be read on-line here. It's a very short work with profound insights. From that successful career he entered a life of poverty and prayer, living and working alongside people of the Saharan tribes. And I went into the desert. A few ideas matured in solitude and taking shape around an activity which has been, without any doubt, the greatest gift that the Sahara has given me: prayer.
In the best sense it is simple, there is no complexity of vocabulary or style. However, Carretto, like all the great Desert Fathers before him, uses his life in the desert to reveal and illuminate a spiritual journey and realities that are relevant to all people of faith. His chapters provide a helpful map for the journey into the inner wilderness, towards the goal of unconditional love of God and of others, by means of contemplation and prayer. He never ducks out of making clear the arduous, demanding nature of the journey, and the fact that in the end it will require the giving of all of self in a relationship of love.
In pursuing this journey, Carretto speaks from a position of loving commitment to his own tradition. However, his understanding of the love of God is that it overflows all boundaries that we may perceive. How can the thread of love which links brothers be broken by an alleged purity of faith, or that religion, instead of being a bridge of union, should become a trench of death, or at least of unconfessed hate? Best to fumble around in the dark, than to possess a light like that!
View all 12 comments. Aug 29, Kathleen rated it liked it Shelves: christianity. In a day and age where following Christ has been brought down to wealth, health and a membership to all the Bless ME clubs Carretto has the gift of taking deep Carretto allowed Christ to strip him of a life of selfish True oneness with God.
The reality of how genuine their relationship was I cannot say enough good things about this book If change is not what you're looking for I cannot imagine one reading this View 1 comment.
Apr 12, Maddly Peculiar rated it really liked it Shelves: my-bookshelf , books. Feb 14, Martyn rated it really liked it. Carlo Carretto left behind his native Italy to live in the Sahara desert as a monk. These are his collected thoughts of faith, service, and what we can learn from the solitude and challenge of his new home. May 08, Tammy rated it really liked it. The theme of isolation helped me get through the first days of the pandemic in the United States.
This is an excellent Lent read or even Holy Week. Jan 11, Jacob Frank rated it it was amazing Shelves: christianity. I can see why it's a classic. Jul 26, Frank rated it liked it Recommends it for: Anyone interested in a silent God! This is sort of a spiritual autobiography. He shares moments of reflection during his time in the Sahara Desert where he went at about the age or 40 and joined the Little Brothers where he embraced the life of Charles de Foucauld.
He shares moments and feelings of inner stirrings from living in the real desert while also living in the spiritual desert. It's a good read and gets you thinking. I felt he didn't de This is sort of a spiritual autobiography. I felt he didn't develop his thoughts quite far enough but I enjoyed it. Jan 07, Charles Bell rated it really liked it Recommends it for: everyone. The writer relates his experiences as a "Little Brother of Jesus" follower of the example of Charles de Foucauld.
He narrates his experience as he lived among the poorest in the desert area of North Africa.
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