"Professor Cook's study of the Philokalia from a psychological viewpoint others a fresh and original approach. For those who already know the Philokalia it will open their eyes to unexpected dimensions of the work, while to those unfamiliar with the Philokalia it will serve as a valuable and much-needed introduction."
Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia
"Hitherto there has been little attempt to relate the understanding of the inner life found in the Philokalia to the revolution in Western understanding of the psyche found in modern psychology. In this book, Chris Cook demonstrates the potentialities opened up by such an engagement."
Andrew Louth, Professor Emeritus of Patristic and Byzantine Studies, Durham University
"An exceptional book, making accessible to the wider public the treasures of a spiritual classic. Th e author's innovative approach makes these ancient teachings of relevance to our predicament today."
Renos K. Papadopoulos, Professor of Analytical Psychology, University of Essex
"Chris has provided a guide book to help the general reader through this rich resource … This rich encyclopedic work will be valued by many for a long time."
Steve Press, in Way of Life
"This imaginative study succeeds in drawing out the riches of the Philokalia … a taster for a rich spiritual resource as well as a reminder of the essential yoking together of psychological and spiritual well-being."
John Twisleton, in New Direction
"This is a profound work of scholarship and spiritual understanding that can be strongly recommended to believers of any religion or none."
Professor Andrew Sims, in Royal College of Psychiatrists – Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest Group Newsletter, No 31
"Even though life in its fullness will always transcend our understanding of it, doing justice to the complexity of human life requires that psychology be more than merely an empirical or clinical discipline. This is why The Philokalia and the Inner Life: On Passion and Prayer by Christopher C.H. Cook (2011) is important for both contemporary psychology and Christian pastoral care."
Fr Gregory, Koinonia, www.palamas.info