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St John Climacus: The Ladder of Divine Ascent #319542 04/21/09 03:57 PM
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I have just ordered a used copy of this book from Amazon. It is the paperback, which is the one I could afford. I know this is biting off a big chunk for a new Orthodox to chew, but I'm very interested in this book. I've been reading for several years on Orthodoxy and hopefully, that will have prepared me at least a little bit.
I'm wondering if it is anything like Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross.
Thanks for listening,
abby

Re: St John Climacus: The Ladder of Divine Ascent [Re: amberpep] #320134 04/27/09 04:28 PM
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Awesome book. It was the first book I read when I was introduced to the East. A monk told me that it was too deep for an introduction--but I loved it! I still refer to it often.

Re: St John Climacus: The Ladder of Divine Ascent [Re: Recluse] #320145 04/27/09 06:40 PM
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Thank you so very much, Recluse. I'm really looking forward to getting it and starting. Thanks for your kind encouragement.
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Re: St John Climacus: The Ladder of Divine Ascent [Re: amberpep] #321375 05/08/09 04:06 AM
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A good book. It is of course geared to the monastic lifestyle but it can inspire us all to reach for spiritual heights we never thought we should reach for. There are many good books about the ladder that help teach us to apply the steps to a normal life.

Re: St John Climacus: The Ladder of Divine Ascent [Re: Theologos] #321691 05/10/09 07:56 PM
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Theologos ... would you mind giving me the name(s) of one or two? Many thanks ....
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Re: St John Climacus: The Ladder of Divine Ascent [Re: amberpep] #331016 08/28/09 06:46 PM
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My suggestion is to get a copy of the Icon, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, which depicts the thirty rungs on the Ladder. I use the Icon to see that it its possible to fall even as a Soul comes near our Lord. I use it with the book by St. John Climacus, also known as St. John of the Ladder.

My first book on my journey to the East was, The Way of the Pilgrim, which led of course, to the Philokalia. This book I acquired at the Icon and Book Service, Quincy St., N.E., Washington, D.C.

Re: St John Climacus: The Ladder of Divine Ascent [Re: amberpep] #331818 09/08/09 12:30 AM
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abby:

Christ is in our midst!!

If you search through the forum, you may find a Lenten division of this book posted for the use of the members here. It's divided for a systematic reading over time.

BOB

Re: St John Climacus: The Ladder of Divine Ascent [Re: amberpep] #344865 03/09/10 02:48 AM
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Originally Posted by amberpep
I have just ordered a used copy of this book from Amazon. It is the paperback, which is the one I could afford. I know this is biting off a big chunk for a new Orthodox to chew, but I'm very interested in this book. I've been reading for several years on Orthodoxy and hopefully, that will have prepared me at least a little bit.


Just one warning about this book: One of the stories is about Akakios, and it is supposed to reflect obedience for a monk. However, in this particular story, we see Akakios' superior beating him to death, and all St. John does is encourage the monk to greater obedience. I realize that he is a saint, and I know I am not, but I would have told Akakios to get out of town, and I would go further, and talk to the bishop of the superior, telling him that this monk should not have any disciples, as he is abusive. I know of one monk that this almost happened to, and he has told me that the best thing he did in those years was to pack up and leave!



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