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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Dec 5 2019 5:19 PM

In my Christian circles which are ecumenical in nature and directed towards spiritual direction and meditation, the desert fathers and mothers are fundamental - more so than any of the more theological church fathers. Below is a list of resources that have been common among such Christians over the last fifty years. Those that exist in Faithlife are provided a link ... you will notice that they tend to be older sources not the normal Chrysostomos, Merton, Bondi, and Ward. Can some effort be put into obtaining these more recent and better known editions?

Primary sources:

  • Apophthegmata Patrum. The Desert Christian: Sayings of the Desert Fathers: The Alphabetical Collection ISBN 0026238608
  • Archbishop Chrysostomos of Etna. The Ancient Fathers of the desert: Translated narratives from the Evergetinos on passions and perfection in Christ. ISBN 0916586782
  • Archbishop Chrysostomos of Etna. Flowers from the Desert: Sayings on Humility, Obedience, Repentance, and Love from the Christian Hermits of Ancient Times ISBN 9780911165548
  • Beasley-Topliffe, Keith, ed. Seeking a Purer Christian Life: Sayings and Stories of the Desert Fathers and Mothers. ISBN 0835809021
  • Budge, Ernest A. Wallis; The Paradise of the Holy Fathers
  • Chadwick, Owen. The Sayings of the Fathers.
  • Cowan, James. Desert Father: In the Desert with Saint Anthony. ISBN 1590301455
  • Hahn-Hahn, Ida and Dalgairns, John Bernard; The Fathers of the Desert
  • Hannay, James O.; The Wisdom of the Desert.
  • Merton, Thomas. The Wisdom of the Desert: Sayings from the Desert Fathers of the Fourth Century. ISBN 1590300394 ISBN 0859690032
  • Merton, Thomas. Wisdom of the Desert. ISBN 0811201023
  • Merton, Thomas. The Wisdom of the Desert. ISBN 0877739765, ISBN 086012276X, ISBN 0811203131
  • Nomura, Yushi (translation and art); Nouwen, Henri J. M. (introduction). Desert Wisdom: Sayings from the Desert Fathers. ISBN 1570753717
  • Nomura, Yushi. Desert Wisdom: Sayings from the Desert Fathers. ISBN 0385180799, ISBN 0385180780
  • Paintner, Christine Valters; Desert Fathers and Mothers: Early Christian Wisdom Sayings Annotated & Explained
  • Palladius; Four Desert Fathers
  • Strohmeier, John, ed. St. Antony of Egypt: The Holy Life and Teachings of the First Desert Father. ISBN 0972520066
  • Swan, Laura. The Forgotten Desert Mothers: Sayings, Lives, and Stories of Early Christian Women. ISBN 0809140160
  • Waddell, Helen. The Desert Fathers. ISBN 0375700196
  • Ward, Benedicta (translator). The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks. ISBN 0140447318
  • Ward, Benedicta (translator). The Sayings of the Desert Fathers. ISBN 0879079592
  • Ward, Benedicta. The Wisdom of the Desert Fathers: The Apophthegmata Patrum. ISBN 0728300346
  • Ward, Benedicta. The Wisdom of the Desert Fathers. ISBN 0745939759
  • Ward, Benedicta; Russell, Norman. Lives of the Desert Fathers: The Historia Monachorum in Aegypto. ISBN 0879079347
  • Ward, Benedicta; Bloom, Anthony. The Wisdom of the Desert Fathers. ISBN 0728301091
  • Wisdom of the Desert Fathers (1979). Eastern Orthodox Books. ISBN 0899811086
  • Wortley, John; Give Me a Word: The Alphabetical Sayings of the Desert Fathers

Broader studies:

  • Bondi, Roberta; To Love as God Loves. ISBN 9780800620417
  • Bondi, Roberta; To Pray and to Love. ISBN 9780800625115
  • Byassee, Jason; An Introduction to the Desert Fathers
  • Chryssavgis, John; Ward, Benedicta. In the Heart of the Desert: The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers. ISBN 0941532518
  • Carrigan, Henry L. Eternal Wisdom from the Desert: Writings from the Desert Fathers. ISBN 1557252831
  • Gruen, Anselm. Heaven Begins Within You: Wisdom from the Desert Fathers. ISBN 0824518187
  • Keller, David G. R. Oasis Of Wisdom: The Worlds of the Desert Fathers and Mothers.
  • Mayers, Gregory. Listen to the Desert: Secrets of Spiritual Maturity from the Desert Fathers and Mothers. ISBN 0892439300
  • McGuckin, John Anthony. The Book of Mystical Chapters : Meditations on the Soul's Ascent, from the Desert Fathers and Other Early Christian Contemplatives. ISBN 1590300076
  • Ward, Benedicta. Discernment in the Desert Fathers: Diakrisis in the Life and Thought of Early Egyptian Monasticism. ISBN 978-1556353390

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