Short Trip To The Edge


Poet and literature professor Scott Cairns ran headlong into his midlife crisis while walking on the beach with his Labrador. His was not a desperate attempt to recapture youth, filled with sports cars and younger women. Instead, Cairns realized his spiritual life was advancing at a snail’s pace and time was running out. Midlife crisis for this Baptist turned Eastern Orthodox manifested as a desperate need to seek out prayer.

This new, expanded edition of A Short Trip to the Edge is the story of Scott’s spiritual journey to the mystical island of Mt. Athos. With twenty monasteries and thirteen sketes scattered across its sloping terrain, the Holy Mountain was the perfect place for Scott to seek out a prayer father and discover the stillness of the true prayer life. Includes both maps and photographs.


SKU (ISBN): 9781612617329
ISBN10: 1612617328
Scott Cairns
Binding: Trade Paper
Published: March 2016
Publisher: Paraclete Press