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Book details
  • Genre:RELIGION
  • SubGenre:Christian Living / Inspirational
  • Language:English
  • Pages:100
  • eBook ISBN:9781667873879
  • Paperback ISBN:9781667873862

Wisdom from the Holy Mountain

Life Lessons from the Monks of Mt. Athos

by Steven Michael Rakes

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This is a collection of notes taken by the author on trips he has made to Mt. Athos in Greece. The teachings and guidance of the monks was recorded and is catalogued for the reader for encouragement and edification. The book records the lessons given by these dedicated and holy monks to the pilgrims who were present. The notes span a 14 year period from 2008-2022.
The author has traveled to Holy Mt. Athos in Greece on several occasions spanning 14 years. On those visits, many hours were spent in discussion and reflection with the monks. As a pilgrim to a holy sight, the author was able to ask questions and learn from the monks. Many topics were covered and the advice and wisdom was recorded for the reader to enjoy. Travel to the Holy Mountain is not easy. This book offers a glimpse of the life of the monastics and reflects the wisdom imparted to the visitors. Mt. Athos is a republic with its own government and leadership. Only men are allowed to visit. The monastic fathers refer to Mt. Athos as the garden of the Theotokos (Birth giver of God). The mission of the monks id to pray for the world and to give hospitality and rest to the many pilgrims who visit.
About the author
Steven Michael Rakes is a lifelong member of the Greek Orthodox Church. He grew up in the Midwest and has made his home in Minneapolis, Minnesota where her lives with Popie, his wife of 41 years. He has three adult children and three grandchildren. He is a practicing physician and surgeon. In his spare time he enjoys reading the Fathers of the Church and volunteering whenever possible at his home parish, St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis. The highlight of his spiritual life has been his trips to Mt. Athos. He is hopeful that this collection will be an inspiration to all who read it.