“The Lord the Instructor is most good and unimpeachable, sympathizing as He does from the exceeding greatness of His love with the nature of each man.”
--Clement of Alexandria, Instructor Book I
Many people find both inspiration and solace when reading
Christian classics. And while most readers today have at least some familiarity with the New Testament, few have any experience with other Christian literature from that period or beyond.
Fruit of the Spirit: Wisdom from the Apostolic Fathers is a fascinating compilation of the writings of various Christian authors of the first and second centuries. The most notable of these writers are
Clement of Rome, Polycarp, Ignatius of Antioch, Barnabas,
Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Athenagoras and Clement of Alexandria, as well as some other lesser-known individuals all of whom are included in this new book. The sayings collected for this volume offer a wonderful insight into the Apostolic Fathers’ perspectives on how to live our lives as Christians day to day.
Editor George Zgourides has chosen as his organizing theme
Paul’s texts on the “fruit” of the Holy Spirit, and presents various instructive and inspirational sayings from this very early group of Christian authors on such attributes as love, peace, patience, gentleness,
and righteousness. These sayings provide a glimpse into some
of the deepest thoughts of these early followers of Christ, and stand as a testimony to their dedication to the growing Christian faith of their day.
For those readers who desire to look deeper into themselves and their own faith, Fruit of the Spirit: Wisdom from the Apostolic Fathers will prove to be a readable, thought-provoking, and personal guide.
George D. Zgourides, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist and Orthodox priest who specializes in spiritual approaches to everyday problems. With a keen interest in the human psyche, Dr. Zgourides has long cherished the writings of the early Church Fathers, espe-cially those sayings that are relevant for today’s world and one’s personal walk with Christ. Dr. Zgourides is the author of several books that deal with mind-body-spirit psychology and health.