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I Know a Man In Christ


Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos wrote this book

about Elder Sophrony

as an expression of gratitude for his long association

(17 years) with the Elder and

 “to share with readers the spiritual

wealth that I unworthily received”. 

The first part of the book is

a spiritual portrait of Elder Sophrony. 

After a brief survey of his theology,


the author examines the Elder’s writings

in the light of the experience of saints

of the Church, particularly St Paul,

St Symeon the New Theologian and

St Gregory Palamas,

thus placing his teaching in a wider context. 

There is a careful analysis

of the Elder’s correspondence

with David Balfour, which reveals

 “many subtle details of the spiritual life”

but also how

“a genuine spiritual father guides

those entrusted to him”. 

The second part of the book records what

the author learnt and experienced during

visits to the Monastery of St John the Baptist

in meetings and informal conversations

with the Elder and as a concelebrant

at the Divine Liturgy. 

 Over the years he carefully recorded the

Elder’s words and amassed an archive of notes

that he publishes here. 

The subjects covered reflect both Father Sophrony’s

and the author’s personal and pastoral

concerns and include prayer

(particularly the Jesus Prayer);

monasticism and obedience; priesthood

and the temptations it brings; giving

spiritual guidance;

the problems facing those who become

Orthodox; and family life. 

The discussions also shed light

on theological issues close to the Elder’s heart.  

The Elder’s teachings are presented mostly

in his own words, interspersed with brief

accounts of the author’s impressions

of the blessed life he lived during visits

to the Monastery of St John the Baptist. 

We see the Elder in church during

the Divine Liturgy and daily services,

in the refectory, and meeting pilgrims. 

The author also describes visits to the Holy Mountain

to see the places where the Elder lived and to meet

monks following the same tradition.  

After the chapters arranged chronologically by year,

this part of the book ends with

a collection of undated sayings of the Elder

which were not spoken directly to the author

but were passed on to him by others.  
The book shows us a

 “great hesychast and theologian,

but also a wise, discerning and prophetic

spiritual father”

and brings us closer to the man in Christ.

tel. 22610-35135



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