By Scott Cairns

Poet and literature professor Scott Cairns ran headlong into his midlife trouble — a pretty universal adventure between males nearing the age of 50 — whereas strolling at the seashore along with his Labrador. His was once no longer a determined try to recapture adolescence, packed with activities autos and younger ladies. as an alternative, Cairns learned his non secular existence was once advancing at a snail's velocity and time was once working out. Midlife drawback for this this Baptist grew to become japanese Orthodox manifested as a determined have to hunt down prayer.

Originally released in 2007, this re-creation of brief journey to the sting comprise photographs, maps and an multiplied narrative of Scott's religious trip to the magical peninsula of Mt. Athos. With twenty monasteries and 13 sketes scattered throughout its sloping terrain, the Holy Mountain used to be the ideal position for Scott to search out a prayer father and notice the stillness of the real prayer lifestyles. instructed with wit and delightful prose, his narrative takes the reader from a seashore in Virginia to the main holy Orthodox monasteries on the planet to a monastery in Arizona and again back as Scott struggles to discover his prayer direction. alongside the best way, Cairns cast relationships with priests, monks, and fellow pilgrims. "Scott Cairns is not just the most important poets of our time but additionally a prose author of unusual imaginative and prescient, and briefly journey to the sting, his account of his pilgrimage to the Holy Mountain of Athos, in northern Greece, he weaves jointly a private historical past of religion, a wealth of studying, and the knowledge of the a while to create a booklet for religious seekers from each spiritual denomination. What greater consultant, and go back and forth spouse, than Scott Cairns? i might persist with him to the sting – and beyond." — Christopher Merrill, writer of items of the Hidden God: trip to the Holy Mountain

"Scott Cairns is not just essentially the most important poets of our time but in addition a prose author of unusual imaginative and prescient, and in brief journey to the sting, his account of his pilgrimage to the Holy Mountain of Athos, in northern Greece, he weaves jointly a private background of religion, a wealth of studying, and the knowledge of the a while to create a ebook for non secular seekers from each spiritual denomination. What higher advisor, and shuttle better half, than Scott Cairns? i might keep on with him to the sting – and beyond." — Christopher Merrill, writer of items of the Hidden God: trip to the Holy Mountain

"Mt Athos is 'the area' in additional methods than one, a spot either appealing and ruggedly tough, alive with non secular strength that stocks an identical characteristics. Cairns is the right advisor — secure, invitingly conversational, and sometimes amused, yet constantly evoking the awe that those mysteries deserve." — Frederica Mathewes-Green

"In brief journey To the sting, Scott Cairns pulls again the curtain and offers us a glimpse of the religious power current at the Holy Mountain. He methods his prose with the soul and talent of a poet. it truly is straight away easy and profound—accessible and ineffable. Scott has the arrogance to confront the inner most elements of our human nature with fierce honesty and humor. it is a position the place "pilgrims are a combined bag," holy relics make the center race and actual spirituality is an "acquired taste." The reader, (or may still I say pilgrim) is invited to trip alongside a stunning and in all likelihood scary highway into the guts of silence, repentance and prayer. there's a palpable feel of being there: surrounded by way of a undying refrain of voices chanting at the Holy Mountain, praying for the lifetime of the realm. One slowly loses the will to reach and starts to include the potential of "always becoming." Scott Cairns pours out his soul during this fantastic and masses wanted booklet. it really is worth the taking this brief journey to the edge!" —Jonathan Jackson, famous person of the hit ABC exhibit Nashville and writer of The secret Of Art

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