At the age of 44, after a prominent career as a Catholic activist, Carlo Carretto was summoned by a voice that said: "Leave everything, come with me into the desert. I don't want your action any longer, I want your prayer, your love." Carretto responded by leaving for North Africa, where he joined the Little Brothers and embraced the example of Charles de Foucauld.Among the fruits of his response was Letters from the Desert, the first and most popular of his many books, now available in a 30"th" anniversary edition. A modern classic, its affirmative message has inspired countless readers in a dozen languages. Simply, it reminds us that in the evening of our lives we will be judged by love.
30th Anniversary ed.
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Be careful of this book it is spiritual dynamite. If you have "ears to hear," it will change you for ever. Honest, clear, sharing the struggle to be a Christus in the most difficult situation imaginable and yet entirely human humor and all.
I came to this book expecting an excursion into Christian Mysticism; what I found was a path to God that caused me to examine my love for Him as well as my faith in Him. I plan to revisit this book often to discover whether I am remaining on the true path. It is a great read. It shares insights into life of things one tends to take for granted. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in deepening his or her relationship with God.
Writing about a mystical journey is fraught with danger. The author has two choices: to over-emphasize the mystical : the other is to d-mystify it so much that the narrative does not leave the ground. Luckily Carlo Corretto in his LETTERS FROM THE DESERT avoids both pitfalls. He produces a simple down to earth story which takes the reader to new heights and encourages him to search for basic personal answers. Besides it takes the reader outside the square of his own 'desert' life into a 'mystical' world which Carretto makes it feel so real.
The language fits the subject matter.It is straight forward and direct, unburdened by theological and arcane words. The 'imagery' lies in the persuasive and inspiring narrative . Faith is still a mystery and is even more so after a reading of this book. Even the word' reading' sounds out place to describe a book about a calling, a response to the commanding voice,"Come with me to the desert". It requires...
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