"May our love for the Sun, the will of God, be as strong as the sunflower’s, so that even in days of hardship and sorrow we will continue to sail unerringly along the sea of life, following the directions of the barometer and compass of God’s will that leads us to the safe haven of eternity."
This is a thoroughly practical manual of the spiritual life focusing on the central goal of every Christian: learning the will of God and struggling to mold our life to it, just as Christ “humbled Himself and became obedient.” (Phil. 2:8) Even more fundamentally, St John addresses the question of why we should care about God’s will. Finally, the reader will find eternal wisdom running through these writings on questions of theodicy, free will, and Divine Providence.
This work is reminiscent of the classic text "Unseen Warfare" in its historical genesis as an Orthodox redaction of an originally Roman Catholic text. First published in 1627 as “The Heliotropium” it was the work of a German Jesuit writer Jeremias Drexelius. The future St John adapted this text for an Orthodox audience as a student and then teacher at the Kiev Academy in the 1670’s but it was not published until 1714, just a year before the author’s death. This is the first English edition of St John’s text, further edited and abbreviated for the contemporary reader.
Posted by Daniel DeLorenzo on 26th Sep 2018
It was originally written by a Roman Catholic, and adapted by St. John. example of the Roman Captivity of the Russian Church. Thomistic, scholastic, and direct. I read through a quarter of it and put it down. 50-years of Western scholasticism were enough for me.
Posted by Peter Gendi on 19th Sep 2018
Just bought it a few days ago and haven't read it all. However, from what I did read, it has been very spiritually beneficial. I spent a good amount of time contemplating on what I read. Bought two more copies for people who I believe would like to read the book. It is a spiritual classic that was translated into English for the first time. Hope this Publisher translates other similar Spiritually benefiting texts in the future.
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