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Poustinia

Encountering God in Silence, Solitude and Prayer

by Catherine Doherty

Pous­tinia — The mod­ern spir­i­tu­al clas­sic for those seek­ing the open heart and lis­ten­ing soul of a silent con­tem­pla­tion.

Pous­tinia, a Russ­ian word, means desert’, a place to meet Christ in silence, soli­tude and prayer. Cather­ine Doher­ty com­bines her insights into the great spir­i­tu­al tra­di­tions of the Russ­ian Church with her very per­son­al expe­ri­ence of life with Christ.

Men and women who desire com­mu­nion with God can dis­cov­er how the pous­tinia pow­er­ful­ly ful­fills their yearn­ing. Read­ers are invit­ed to leave the noise and har­ried pace of dai­ly life to enter a place of silence and soli­tude. Cather­ine writes from her own expe­ri­ence with refresh­ing and star­tling Chris­t­ian authen­tic­i­ty and a strong per­son­al sense of spir­i­tu­al author­i­ty.

Cather­ine empha­sizes pous­tinia of the heart,’ an inte­ri­or­ized pous­tinia, a silent cham­ber car­ried always and every­where in which to con­tem­plate God with­in. Learn how our desert can be in the mar­ket­place, in the midst of count­less con­fer­ences, traf­fic jams, bus trips – or a hos­pi­tal ward. Writ­ten by one who knows by expe­ri­ence, Pous­tinia brings con­so­la­tion with its vision of a per­son­al desert that can bloom in sim­ple, pro­found prayer.

A time­less best-sell­er, pub­lished in 16 for­eign edi­tions around the world, the expe­ri­ence of pous­tinia has become a world­wide phe­nom­e­non fol­low­ing its pub­lic­i­ty through this pop­u­lar book.

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