Quote: Sisois said. ‘Our form of pilgrimage is keeping the mouth closed.’

Image result for The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian MonksMarkus Torgeby, author of The Runner,  pointed me in the direction of this book. During his four years living in the Scandinavian wilderness, this was practically the only book he read.

Torgeby chose well because this collection of thoughts from a band of mysterious monks is both thought provoking and profound. Like all great wisdom, some of it is simply baffling, but many of the short passages will help the reader to contemplate living a simpler life.

In a time when pilgrimage means around the globe travel and information pours down upon us like a monsoon, it is refreshing to see how previous generations escaped the chaos.


  • Read my review of Markus Torgeby’s ‘The Runner’ here.
  • Imagine that, bringing only one book with you for an extended period of reflection. What would you choose? I would probably go for something Tao related.
  • The Desert Fathers provided the inspiration for Christian spirituality throughout the Middle Ages and beyond. They lived in the deserts of Egypt, Palestine and Syria.
  • I found this book to be an alternative perspective to much of the Stoicism and Eastern philosophy that I read.