Edited by one of the greatest scholars of Russian spirituality in the last century and originally published under the title A Treasury of Russian Spirituality
, this collection not only includes 'The Way of the Pilgrim' (trans. by Nina Toumanova) but also eight other classics scarce to be found in English. Herein you'll find the spiritual autobiographies, biographies, mystic treatises, letters, sermons, memoirs and diaries of St. Theodosius of the Kievan Caves, St. Sergius of Radonezh, St. Nilus Sorsky, Archpriest Avvakum, St. Tikhon of Zadonsk, St. Seraphim of Sarov, St. John of Kronstadt and Father Alexander Elchaninov. Plain-spoken, scholarly commentary introduces each text - itself rich food. We've only short space to quote, but here's a snippet from St. John's My Life in Christ: ''Love does not reflect. Love is simple. Love never mistakes. Likewise believe and trust without reflection, for faith and trust are also simple...our life is love. And where there is love, there is God; and where God is, there is every good.'' 501 pp.
An Eighth Day View:
The story of an anonymous 19th-century peasant's spiritual education, "The Way of a Pilgrim" ranks among the classics of world spirituality. Its appearance here distinguishes this superb anthology -- the first such compilation in any language -- of texts that derive from the lives of saints, ascetic and mystic treatises, and spiritual autobiographies.