Bishop Ignatius (1807-1867), an older contemporary of St. Theophan, who, like him, spent the latter part of his life in reclusion, was a powerful exponent of the proper use of the Jesus Prayer. He called it ''extraordinarily simple.'' Indeed. ''But we have Become so complicated that it is just this simplicity which is inaccessible, incomprehensible to us. We want to be clever, we want to revive our own ego, we cannot bear self-renunciation or self-denial, we have no desire to live and act by faith. It is for this reason that we need a guide to lead us out of our complexity, out of our cuteness, out of our cunning, out of our vanity and self-confidence, into the breadth and simplicity of faith...'' This book (originally published in 1865) is such a guide, including instruction on ''The Safest Way for Beginners,'' the dangers of delusion, and a summary of the teachings of spiritual fathers such as St. John Climacus, St. Gregory the Sinaite, and Nils Sorsky. 167 pp.
An Eighth Day View:
Thousands have fallen in love with the anonymously authored book "The Way of a Pilgrim"--the account of an ordinary man's encounter with the Eastern Orthodox Christian practice of the Jesus Prayer, which consists of the constant repetition of the short phrase, "Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy upon me." Here is the perfect introduction to this life-changing practice, as it was taught by one of the great spiritual lights of Russia. Bishop Ignatius Brianchaniov (1807-1867) provides wise instruction and advice covering all aspects of the practice, from how to get started, to approaching difficulties that arise, to dealing with friends and family who don't get what you're doing, to making this prayer (also called the Prayer of the Heart) the foundation of your life.