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The Way of a Pilgrim
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'''''The Way of a Pilgrim''''' is the English title of a 19th century anonymous Russian, seemingly autobiographical, work, possibly by an [[Mount Athos|Athonite]] monk, detailing the narrator's journey across the country while practicing the [[Jesus Prayer]] devoutly, with the help of a [[prayer rope]] and the study of the ''[[Philokalia]]''. The Russian title of the book is actually much longer than its English translation: "Откровенные рассказы странника духовному своему отцу" - literally, "Candid tales of a pilgrim to his spiritual father'.
The book as a whole is often interpreted as an allegory of both the life of [[Jesus Christ]] and the struggle of Orthodox spirituality. It details the gradual spiritual development and struggles of the narrator, and the effect the narrator's spirituality has on those around him (to quote St. [[Seraphim of Sarov]], "Acquire the spirit of peace, and a thousand souls around you will be saved"), as well as the effects upon the narrator of the struggles of those whom he encounters and the stories they tell him.
There are two books in this series, ''The Way of the Pilgrim'' and ''The Pilgrim Continues his Way'' (often included together as one volume). Many have benefited greatly from their reading.
*''The Way of a Pilgrim and the Pilgrim Continues His Way'' by Walter J. Ciszek (Foreword), Helen Bacovcin (Translator) (ISBN 0385468148)
*''The Way of a Pilgrim and the Pilgrim Continues His Way'' by Fr. [[Thomas Hopko]] (Foreword), Olga Savin (Translator) (ISBN 1-57062-807-6)
*''The Way of a Pilgrim and the Pilgrim Continues His Way'' by R. M. French (Translator) (ISBN 978-0060630171)
*''The Pilgrim's Tale'' by Aleksei Pentkovsky (Editor), T. Allan Smith (Editor, Translator), [[Jaroslav Pelikan]] (Author) (ISBN 978-0809137091)
*[http://www.antiochair.com/library/spirituallife/Russian_Pilgrim_on_the_Road_to_God/index.htm The Way of a Pilgrim] (Arabic, full-text)
*[http://www.ccel.org/contrib/ru/Strannik/Strannik.htm The Way of a Pilgrim] (Russian, full-text)
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