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Ancient Wisdom, Living Fire

Ancient Wisdom, Living Fire

Lessons I Learned from the Fathers of the Church 

Author: John Michael Talbot

Author: Mike Aquilina

Price: $16.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 192

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-833-5

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: April 3, 2020

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Description

In Ancient Wisdom, Living Fire, bestselling author and multiplatinum recording artist John Michael Talbot reveals how the Church fathers—great martyrs, saints, theologians, and mystics—helped him to become closer to Jesus.

Talbot weaves his own spiritual journey with thirteen lessons he learned from Church Fathers including Sts. Ambrose, Jerome, Augustine, and Gregory the Great, explaining how their witness became part of the sure foundation of his own faith and ministry.

The early Church Fathers built on the foundation of Christianity passed down to them by Jesus through the apostles. In this powerful work, John Michael Talbot introduces readers to both well-known and less familiar but highly influential Church Fathers of the first through eighth centuries. These are the great minds and hearts of ancient discipleship that have deeply influenced Talbot’s own spiritual, professional, personal, and religious life. Their words and witness have drawn Talbot closer to Jesus, giving him, and all of us, the guidance, assurance, and wisdom we all seek as we walk with the Lord.

In Ancient Wisdom, Living Fire, Talbot highlights thirteen essential lessons that will show us how to grow closer to Jesus, including:

  • how to be true children of our fathers in faith
  • why prayer is non-negotiable
  • how to choose Christ over everything else
  • why we look to the Virgin Mary
  • how to make room for all in need

You, too, can walk along the path of the ancient fathers with Talbot to become closer to Christ.

Praise

"A beautiful and grace-filled book!"

"Ancient Wisdom, Living Fire will renew your spirit and give you fresh enthusiasm to find and live your place in the Church of Jesus Christ. If you’re feeling spiritually weary, this book will give you strength; if you’re already experiencing refreshed spiritual energy, this book will fit in right where you’re at and move you along with increased momentum. Thank you, John Michael, for this beautiful and grace-filled book!"

James L. Papandrea
Author of The Early Church

"To read this book is to sing God’s praises at times aloud and forever in our heart."

"The fact that this book emerged while its authors 'walked and talked' models how the Fathers of the Church were likely to have found—even to the point of martyrdom—how to defend the faith, ponder its credal truths, and confess to a waiting world that was riddled with heresy the wonder of the Incarnation. Ancient Wisdom, Living Fire favors a ruminating, experiential, reflective approach. John Michael Talbot and Mike Aquilina assure us that these holy, orthodox writers of antiquity aimed to address in discourses, sermons, and essays on spiritual direction our need for both doctrinal information and faith formation. Chapter after chapter challenges us to find ways to adapt these ancient lessons to our life in today’s world. To read this book is to sing God’s praises at times aloud and forever in our heart."

Susan Muto
Dean of the Epiphany Academy of Formative Spirituality
Author of Gratefulness

"We would all do well to follow his lead and look to the fathers for timeless wisdom to see us through our own tumultuous times."

"Following the next shiny object is the way of our world. Things from of old are cast aside as archaic, not relevant. What a shame! In Ancient Wisdom, Living Fire, John Michael Talbot shows us how he profited (and continues to profit) from the wisdom of the Fathers of the Church. We would all do well to follow his lead and look to the fathers for timeless wisdom to see us through our own tumultuous times."

Gus Lloyd
Radio host on Sirius XM's The Catholic Channel

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