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The history of the Greek holy island of Patmos spans back almost two thousand years to the days when Apollo was worshiped, when Saint John was exiled there. In a cave in which Saint John lived as a hermit, a divine vision led the apostle to write the Book of Revelation. Thousands of years later, Peter France arrived on the island a hardened skeptic, an ambitious BBC documeThe history of the Greek holy island of Patmos spans back almost two thousand years to the days when Apollo was worshiped, when Saint John was exiled there. In a cave in which Saint John lived as a hermit, a divine vision led the apostle to write the Book of Revelation. Thousands of years later, Peter France arrived on the island a hardened skeptic, an ambitious BBC documentarian whose faith in reason had survived every conceivable trial. Before long, however, he found himself irreversibly drawn to the land's pervasive and paradoxical spirituality, its eccentric citizens, and its violent yet magical history. Trading his mansion for a shepherd's cottage and his Mercedes for sunset mountain walks, France became an unlikely convert to Orthodoxy, a timeless religion that is the key to understanding many of history's most critical events.More than merely the memoir of a man's religious conversion, A Place of Healing for the Soul is a history of a dime-sized island of tremendous political and religious importance. France's crackling wit and evocative descriptions draw the reader into a world of exiled apostles, monastic hermits, cave-dwelling demons, and ancient myths that survive to this day in the bewitching landscape. A Place of Healing for the Soul is the Westerner's ideal introduction to Orthodoxy, an endlessly fascinating religion whose deep-rooted practices have, for thousands of years, eluded our comprehension....

Title : A Place of Healing for the Soul: Patmos
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ISBN : 9780871138507
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 219 Pages
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A Place of Healing for the Soul: Patmos Reviews

  • John
    2019-03-12 19:54

    This is a delightful book, combining entertaining travelogue (about the adventures of the author and his wife as they set up house on Patmos), a history of the "holy island", and a witty but soberly moving story of the author's own conversion to Orthodox Christianity: he was baptized on Patmos after many years of looking in at religion from the outside as a BBC producer specializing in religion stories.Probably A Place of Healing for the Soul would be an engaging read for anyone interested in the Greek Islands, or just for anyone who enjoys good, brisk writing; but I felt that the conversion story beautifully stitches together the disparate elements.Recommended.

  • Jane G Meyer
    2019-03-01 19:01

    This was a funky compilation of travelogue, memoir and information for Orthodox seekers. I love the first line, but the overall theme fades and is taken over by the place of Patmos and its people... I didn't mind so much, that the story seemed to flow with the mood of the author, but I think others might not be so flexible and good humored. If anything, it made me want to hop a boat to Greece!

  • Todd Putney
    2019-02-23 16:45

    Patmos - the isle of John's Revelation and a home for people seeking solitude ever since. A long with plenty of tourists. France and his wife seeking solitude move to Patmos and find healing.