Inner River by Kyriacos C. Markides
A Pilgrimage to the Heart of Christian Spirituality

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A flawed but worthwhile glimpse at a rich tradition.


“With his engaging blend of travelogue, conversations with a wise and charismatic spiritual father, and musings on the big questions of life and death, Professor Markides takes us as companions on his journey of discovery. The insights that he communicates with such enthusiasm are timely ones: here at last is a writer who challenges the seeker after mystical understanding and Eastern spirituality to discover Christianity.” —Dr. Elizabeth Theokritoff, independent scholar and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Orthodox Christian Theology

In Inner River, Kyriacos Markides—scholar, researcher, author, and pilgrim—takes us on a thrilling quest into the heart of Christian spirituality and mankind’s desire for a transcendent experience of God. From Maine’s rugged shores to a Cypriot monastery to Greece’s remote Mt. Athos and, ultimately, to an Egyptian desert, Markides encounters a diverse cast of characters that allows him to explore the worlds of the natural and the supernatural, of religion and spirit, and of the seen and the unseen.

Inner River
will appeal to a wide range of readers, from Christians seeking insights into their religion and its various expressions to scholars interested in learning more about the mystical way of life and wisdom that have been preserved in the heart of Orthodox spirituality. Perhaps most important, however, is the bridge it offers contemporary readers to a Christian life that is balanced between the worldly and the spiritual.

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About Kyriacos C. Markides

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Kyriacos C. Markides was professor of Sociology at the University of Maine. He has also written Homage to the Sun, Fire in the Heart and Riding with the Lion.
Published March 6, 2012 by Image. 338 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Kirkus' Reviews on Jan 15 2012

A flawed but worthwhile glimpse at a rich tradition.

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