Desert Wisdom

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"These stories from the desert become stories for all of us who seek God with a sincere heart."--from the Introduction by Henri Nouwen

This delightful meeting of East and West introduces the sayings of the desert fathers and mothers, simple peasants of the fourth and fifth centuries whose spiritual progress was marked by inner peace, self-control, poverty, patience, humility, and hospitality. "Translated and decorated" by the brushwork of Yushi Nomura, their insights into the human condition and our relationship with God remain as fresh to Christians today as they were all those centuries ago.

Henri J.M. Nouwen, who died in 1996, was a Dutch priest and the pastor of L'Arche Daybreak Community in Toronto, Canada. He remains one of the most popular and honored spiritual writers of our time. His many books include Adam: God's Beloved and Jesus: A Gospel.

Yoshi Nomuraa Japanese artist and theologya, was introduced to the desert fathers while studying with Henri Nouwen at Yale Divinity School. He lives in Tokyo.

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Desert Wisdom
Sayings from the Desert Fathers
Henri J.M. Nouwen
Yushi Nomura