The Way of a Pilgrim ; And, The Pilgrim Continues His Way

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Reginald Michael French, Faith Annette Sand
Hope Publishing House, 1989 - 213 pages
The 19th century Russian spiritual classic on prayer, "The Way of a Pilgrim," and its sequel, "The Pilgrim Continues His Way," have long fascinated those who have stumbled on this winsome tale. First published in Russian in 1884 under the title, "Candid Narratives of a Pilgrim to His Spiritual Father," this religious masterpiece recounts the adventures of an anonymous Russian pilgrim who roams the vast Siberian steppes reciting the Jesus Prayer in order to obey Christ's injunction to "pray without ceasing."
Apparently a wise old monk collected for posterity the captivating accounts of the pilgrim's exploits and his increasing understanding of God's providence as he commits himself to a life of prayer. The manuscript, which began to circulate privately after the pilgrim disappeared headed for Jerusalem, is reissued here in an updated translation adapted for American readers.
The pilgrim's charming tales and dedicated life-style are an inspirational challenge for all who would discover their own spiritual roots, pursue the contemplative life or assimilate their piety to our modern society. Many keep this unique devotional book close at hand for they have found it a comforting source of hope when they encounter trials along life's way.

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Two books in one, likely by different authors, I only finished The Way of a Pilgrim, but deeply enjoyed this Eastern devotional work, one of my favorites of this year. The pilgrim meditates on what it ... Read full review

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One of the most important prayers to engage in for the love of God is what is called the Jesus Prayer. In The Way of a Pilgrim we encounter what the prayer is and why it is important. An anonymous ... Read full review

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Section 1
1
Section 2
18
Section 3
63
Section 4
68
Section 5
113
Section 6
159
Section 7
193
Section 8
208
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Page 172 - By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to his name.
Page 168 - For that which I do I allow not : for what I would, that do I not ; but what I hate, that do I.
Page 205 - Peter therefore was kept in prison; but prayer was made without ceasing of the Church unto God for him.
Page 168 - Thou knowest the commandments, Do not kill, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor thy father and mother. And he said unto him, Master, all these things have I observed from my youth.
Page 205 - Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. 18 Pray for us : for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.
Page 10 - Sit down alone and in silence. Lower your head, shut your eyes, breathe out gently, and imagine yourself looking into your own heart. Carry your mind, ie, your thoughts, from your head to your heart. As you breathe out, say "Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.
Page 142 - Prayer ("Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner") synchronized with one's breathing.
Page 99 - The Prayer of my heart gave me such consolation that I felt there was no happier person on earth than I, and I doubted if there could be greater and fuller happiness in the kingdom of heaven. Not only did I feel this in my own soul, but the whole outside world also seemed to me full of charm and delight Everything drew me to love and thank God— people, trees, plants, animals. I saw them all as my kinsfolk. I found on all of them the magic of the name of Jesus.
Page 68 - God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. 26 For lo, they that forsake thee shall perish : thou hast destroyed all them that commit fornication against thee. 27 But it is good for me to hold me fast by God...

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About the author (1989)

This translation from the Russian is in public domain and nothing seems to be available on just who R.M. French is.

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