July 25, 2017

The Desert Mothers

Spiritual Practices from Women of the Wilderness

“The Desert Mothers can lead us to see our daily lives as ‘the very habitat of God,’ and show us ‘ways of becoming new.’”

Deborah Smith Douglas, author of The Praying Life: Seeking God in All Things.

“The Desert Mothers are often overshadowed by the better known Desert Fathers, but these women who went to the wilderness to pursue deep prayer deserve to be heard. Mary Earle has taken nine concise sayings from the Desert Mothers and explored them in original ways.”

Frederica Mathewes-Green, author, columnist and speaker.

“Spiritual insight into the wisdom for the desert mothers and the ordinary, daily, and practical dimensions of their solitude, discernment, humility, love and commitment…a personal and profound invitation to the practice of prayer.”

John Chryssavgis, author of In the Heart of the Desert.

“Mary C. Earle is a modern day-Desert Mother, and we are fortunate, indeed, for her introduction to the Desert Ammas’ ancient wisdom, and for her gentle guidance on ways to incorporate that wisdom into contemporary spiritual practices.”

Debra. K. Farrington, author of Hearing with the Heart: A Gentle Guide to Discerning God’s Will for Your Life.

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