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A Life Made of Prayer

A Review of 

Short Trip to the Edge:
A Pilgrimage to Prayer

Scott Cairns

(New ed.) Paperback:
Paraclete Press, 2016.

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Reviewed by Jeffrey Galbraith


In Short Trip to the Edge: A Pilgrimage to Prayer, poet and literature professor Scott Cairns recounts a series of trips to Mount Athos, a peninsula in northern Greece that has been home to a number of Eastern Orthodox monastic communities since the Byzantine era. The original edition of the book, published in 2006, described the first three trips that Cairns made to the Holy Mount. This new edition, which includes helpful photographs, maps, and an epilogue, confirms that the initial account was not just a travel narrative in disguise or a temporary solution to a mid-life crisis. As the epilogue reveals, these trips have become regular events in the last decade. A self-confessed “slow pilgrim,” Cairns has developed a good amount of momentum by this point, having now made eighteen trips in his ongoing “pilgrimage to prayer.”

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Peter Enns, Phyllis Tickle, Scott Cairns, MORE)

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The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It

Peter Enns

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All the religious wars that have caused blood to be shed for centuries arise from passionate feelings and facile counter-positions, such as Us and Them, good and bad, white and black.
– Umberto Eco,
novelist / philosopher
who was born on this day, 1932

The Wake Up Call
Poem of the Day:
Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening
Robert Frost
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Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day:
The End of Suffering: Finding Purpose in Pain

By Scott Cairns
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The Wake Up Call – January 5, 2015


Dec 10: Apparently this sale is now over… Sorry!


Paraclete Press is currently running an ebook sale with a bunch of titles on sale for 99c or $2.99!!

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Here are twelve essential titles that are featured in the sale:


The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture

By Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove


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Strangers to the City: Reflections on the Beliefs and Values of the Rule of Saint Benedict

By Michael Casey

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I discovered this video this morning… and thought it would be fitting to share as a close to National Poetry Month.

Scott Cairns’s most recent book is IDIOT PSALMS (Paraclete Press).

It was reviewed in our latest print issue

The two poems read here are:

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

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Jesus of Nazareth: What He Wanted, Who He Was

By Gerhard Lohfink

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Continuing our National Poetry Month theme of poets reading their poems, here are two poets who spoke at the Festival last week:
Susanna Childress and Scott Cairns

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