Words for Our Time

The Spiritual Words of Matthew the Poor
Narrated by: Kristina Wenger
Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
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The 20th-century elder Abba Matta of Egypt, known in the West as Matthew the Poor, is widely regarded as the greatest Egyptian elder since St. Antony the Great. He produced a huge and varied body of work in Arabic, only a little of which has been translated into English. In addition, a great many of his informal talks to monks and visitors were recorded. This volume is the first appearance in English of a small selection of these talks. Abba Matta had a marvelous ability to communicate the deepest spiritual truths in the simplest and most practical language, making them accessible to laypeople as well as monastics. He speaks to the heart rather than the head, gently exhorting the reader to pursue a deeper life in Christ. To listen to these talks is to sit at the feet of one of the greatest spiritual teachers of our age.

©2012 James Helmy (P)2019 Ancient Faith Publishing

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Good book but bad narration.

I hope this doesn’t come off the wrong way. Usually for audiobooks, the narrator is supposed to resemble the author.

For example, the books of C.S. Lewis are always narrated by an older British sounding gentlemen.

However, when I listen to this book, I feel like I am listening to a Protestant Youth Group Leader, rather than an ascetic from the desserts of Egypt.

I’ve showed the narration to multiple other people, and it has been received negatively every time.

It’s a shame because Fr. Matthew’s writings are invaluable.

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A Quality Devotional Book Worth a Re-listen!

There is a dearth of good audiobook devotional material for Orthodox Christians. This book helps fill the gap in a wonderful way! Abouna Matthew speaks with humility and authority about all types of topics: struggles with the passions, life in the world, theology, the feasts, and fasting. The writings are a collection of talks, transcribed and edited for the modern reader.

I could sense the very real empathy Abouna had with the people. He was able to keep a bridge open between the world and the monastic way of life, so that those who went to him for guidance did not leave without practical help.
I appreciated the selection of writings included in the book as, 'ecumenical', meaning that a Western person of the Orthodox Church could find truth and help in Jesus Christ through Abouna's words. I will give this book as a gift to my Protestant parents knowing they will glean much goodness from it. I will revisit this audiobook again to listen during my commute time, a chapter or so at a stretch, to ponder and reflect.