I just finished reading a book called 'The way of a Pilgrim' which I ran across by accident, without knowing what it was really about. In a nutshell,the book is about a simple Russian peasant who after hearing the verse "pray without ceasing" in a church sermon desired to find out more about it. To seek ,find and worship Christ, he gives up all his possesion and hits the road with an ordinary Rucksack and dried bread.On his way, he struggles for survival,encounters dangers , miracles ,simplicity, suffering and joy.The rich,the poor,the wise and the simple who bumped across him on his journey help him learn how to pray without ceasing, the prayer of the heart as he calls it; introducing him to the Jesus Prayer,the so called Orthodox rosary "Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner".
The book's writing style is very simple and gentle,but with deep spritual thoughts and benefits. Moreover, it gives one an insight into the rich tradtional aspects of the Russian Orthodox spritual life before the Communists took over. I also found it very inspiring so much so that I am tempted to buy the "mequteria' and pray the Jesus prayer ,because in order to fully appreciate the story of the peasant, one needs to try to emulate the example of the simple man in one's own spritual life.
It has a second part " and the pilgrim continues his journey', which I will be picking up soon.
This book is a true blessing to me and I won't give it away. I recommend it.
My apology for this quick and bad review.