The Kollyvas is a book of Eastern Orthodox spirituality. It is an autobiography, a travelogue and a spiritual search of a soul to find his Creator. It follows the steps of the Jesus Prayer from the 4th century monasteries of the desert of Nitria in Egypt, to the Saint Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai desert, to Mount Athos in Greece and then to Constantinople, Cappadocia, Serbia, Romania, Ukraine, Russia as far as the Valaam Archipelago and the Solovetsky Islands in the White Sea and Georgia.
The book has special connections with various saints of the Orthodox world like Saint Silouan the Athonite, Saint Gregory Palamas, Saint Nektarios of Aegina the Wonderworker, Saint Paisios Velichkovsky, the old and contemporary Saints of Serbia; Symeon and Sava, Justin Popovich and Nikolai Velimirovich, the Saints of the Russian Northern Thebaid, the Saints of the Kiev Caves Monastery and others. The Kollyvas also unveils the life and spiritual search of a doctor in conjunction with his professional vocation and dealing with disease and its complications.
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