<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Fools for God (North (Richard)) - Theo Todman's Book Collection (Book-Paper Abstracts)</title> <link href="../../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../../TT_ICO.png" /> </head> <a name="Top"></a> <BODY> <div id="header"> <HR><H1>Theo Todman's Book Collection (Book-Paper Abstracts)</H1></div> <hr><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950><tr><td colspan =2><A HREF = "../BookSummary_3850.htm">Fools for God</A></td></tr><tr><td colspan =2><A HREF = "../../../Authors/N/Author_North (Richard).htm">North (Richard)</a></td></tr><tr><td colspan =2>This Page provides (where held) the <b>Abstract</b> of the above <b>Book</b> and those of all the <b>Papers</b> contained in it.</td></tr><tr><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td><td><A HREF = "../BooksToNotes_3850.htm">Notes Citing this Book</A></td></tr></tr></TABLE></CENTER><hr> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>BOOK ABSTRACT: </B><BR><BR><U>Cover Blurb</U> <FONT COLOR = "800080"> <ol type="1">In the twentieth century we live at a fast pace; we concentrate upon establishing a career, a home of our own, a position in society Yet there is another lifestyle, one which would seem ridiculous to the vast majority of people if they ever thought about it, and that is the life of a monk'. What makes a man give up the everyday things which most of us strive for? How does he cope with the solitary struggle within himself? How does he stand the restrictions of living within a small community? How can he give up his freedom? Or does he in fact gain a greater freedom than the rest of us can see? Does a man become a "fool for God" when he becomes a monk? Richard North, writer and journalist, has visited Christian monasteries of different traditions, both Western and Eastern. He has talked with the monks, watched them at work, and tried to understand the stresses and blessings of their life. <I>Fools For God</I> is one man's very personal look at monks and monasteries, oases of calm in a fast-moving world, whose constant service and prayer may influence our lives more than we know </ol></FONT><U>Contents</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1">Acknowledgements  6<li>INTRODUCTORY  9<BR>& 1 The Cardinal's Room  13<BR>& 2 The Making of Monks  21<BR>& 3 The Wakeful  28<BR>& 4 The Eccentrics  30</li><li>EGYPT  37<BR>& 1 The Road to St Antony  41<BR>& 2 The Religious Tradition  48<BR>& 3 The First Monks  55<BR>& 4 My First Dawn at St Antony's  60<BR>& 5 The Movement Thrives  68<BR>& 6 Baramus  76<BR>& 7 Modern Coptic Monks  81</li><li>THE BYZANTINE EMPIRE  85<BR>& 1 A Very Civilized Vector  89<BR>& 2 The Tradition  94<BR>& 3 St Catherine's  98<BR>& 4 The American Monk  103<BR>& 5 Introducing Athos  106<BR>& 6 Stavronikita  117<BR>& 7 Xeropotamou  122<BR>& 8 Simonos Petra  133</li><li>WESTERN EUROPE  139<BR>& 1 The Virus Spreads  143<BR>& 2 The Northern Isles  148<BR>& 3 Beginnings of Integration  156<BR>& 4 The European Heartlands  158<BR>& 5 Columbanus  165<BR>& 6 Thoroughly Established  168</li><li>THE MAJOR REFORMS  175<BR>& 1 The Hermits  180<BR>& 2 Parkminster 1  186<BR>& 3 Parkminster 2  194<BR>& 4 Parkminster 3  199<BR>& 5 Introducing the Cistercians  205<BR>& 6 The Cistercian Machine  212<BR>& 7 Citeaux  216<BR>& 8 Nunraw  220</li><li>THE HIGH BENEDICTINES  229<BR>& 1 The Benedictine Scene  233<BR>& 2 The Swiss  236<BR>& 3 Solesmes  246<BR>& 4 Santo Domingo de Silos  257</li><li>THE MODERNS  263<BR>& 1 Wilderness and Vatican II  267<BR>& 2 The New Spirit  275<BR>& 3 Orthodoxy Transplanted  284<BR>& 4 Tom Cullinan  292<BR>& 5 Numbers  299<BR>& 6 Merton and Knowles  305<BR>& 7 Prayer and Purpose  311<BR>Booklist  318</li></ol></FONT><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><B>BOOK COMMENT: </B><BR><BR>See Note (<a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_5/Notes_542.htm">Click here for Note</A>) for 5.1-5.4</P> <a name="ColourConventions"></a><hr><br><B><U>Text Colour Conventions</U> (see <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</B><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> </center> <BR><HR><BR><center> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T04:04" pubdate>02/08/2018 04:04:51</time> <br><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A> </TD></TR><TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>