CONSIDER THE RAVENS
On Contemporary Hermit Life
For those who seek an eremitical life—a life of silence, solitude, and simplicity—Consider the Ravens describes how this ancient but ageless way of life is flourishing in contemporary society.
From the creators of Raven’s Bread, an international newsletter that provides an open forum for those interested in the hermit way of life, Consider the Ravens distills eleven years of exchange among its readers. This spiritual resource guide provides an insider’s look at hermit life from all perspectives, offering advice culled from contemporary hermits throughout the English-speaking world. This handbook provides inside information on: • all aspects of the vocation, from, practical to juridical • hazards of the hidden life • practical recommendations for beginners • extensive citations from desert fathers and mothers • examination of eremitical spirituality through the ages • comprehensive documentation about hermits Consider the Ravens offers insight into eremitic life shared by hermits themselves—people who have developed a lifestyle that opens them to the solace of God and thereby enables them to become hidden channels of grace for others. It describes how one can live a more serene, spiritually oriented, and solitary way of life. The authors, Paul A. and Karen Karper Fredette, live on a secluded mountain slope near Asheville, North Carolina. They are recognized as professional experts in the field and the book is written from their personal experience. They produce a monthly newsletter. Karen has also written Where God Begins to Be: A Woman’s Journey into Solitude and is working on a sequel.
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