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Inner River

Paperback Book
The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
March, 2012
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Banyen's Description: 

A scholar’s personal exploration of the mystical side of Eastern Orthodoxy,
River revolves around Father Maximos, a respected monk at
Mount Athos, a leading center of Greek Orthodox monasticism. Through multiple conversations with Father Maximos, the author shares monastic wisdom on a wide array of topics, including the seven fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. On one visit to
Cyprus, Markides and his wife visited an aging novelist and engaged him in a lengthy discussion about the existence or nonexistence of an afterlife.

In another chapter, the author chronicles his visit to St. Catherine Monastery at
Mt.Sinai, where he viewed its ancient artistic and historical treasures and climbed the holy mountain where Moses received the Ten Commandments.

As a student of world religions and a sociologist, Markides sees Orthodoxy from a larger perspective:

I realized that what many Western intellectuals searched for in the ashrams of India and the lamaseries of
Tibet—that is, an experiential pathway to the Divine--has been all along within the very heart of Christianity.

Markides creates a useful collage of contemporary Eastern Orthodoxy, “an integrated system of spiritual practices within Christianity that can lead to a direct experience of God.”

Also by Markides are The Mountain of Silence and The Magus of Strovolos.

Publisher’s Description: 

With his engaging blend of travelogue, conversations with a wise and charismatic spiritual father, and musings on the big questions of life and death, Professor Markides takes us as companions on his journey of discovery. The insights that he communicates with such enthusiasm are timely ones: here at last is a writer who challenges the seeker after mystical understanding and Eastern spirituality to discover Christianity. Dr. Elizabeth Theokritoff, independent scholar and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Orthodox Christian Theology

In Inner River, Kyriacos Markidesscholar, researcher, author, and pilgrimtakes us on a thrilling quest into the heart of Christian spirituality and mankinds desire for a transcendent experience of God. From Maines rugged shores to a Cypriot monastery to Greeces remote Mt. Athos and, ultimately, to an Egyptian desert, Markides encounters a diverse cast of characters that allows him to explore the worlds of the natural and the supernatural, of religion and spirit, and of the seen and the unseen.

Inner River will appeal to a wide range of readers, from Christians seeking insights into their religion and its various expressions to scholars interested in learning more about the mystical way of life and wisdom that have been preserved in the heart of Orthodox spirituality. Perhaps most important, however, is the bridge it offers contemporary readers to a Christian life that is balanced between the worldly and the spiritual.

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