Much like Proverbs or Ecclesiastes, The Wisdom of the Desert Fathers and Mothers contains little nuggets of spiritual wisdom that are invaluable for our walk with God. The book begins with Athanasius’ writings of “The Life of St. Anthony” and St. Jerome’s account of “The Life of Paul the Hermit.” Both of these are short hagiographies (biographies of saints) accounting their lives of seeking God in solitude and their teachings. These are followed by collected sayings of various men and women on their thoughts on loving and following God. These were men and women who gave away all they had and retreated to the desert to avoid the temptations of the world in seeking to live as holy as possible.

In our culture today, very few of us are going to give away all we own and find a cave to live in so that we may seek God only. But their is much wisdom for us to hear from the desert fathers and mothers. They have much insight to offer us today regarding humility, patience, loving neighbors, fleeing temptation, and much more. It is a short book, easy to read, but it contains great depths.

Paraclete Press provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.