"The Beatitudes were originally words for ordinary people, for everyone and anyone. Drawing on a wide range of readings from the Desert Fathers to Dorothy Day, Jim Forest re-captures these words for today's world. This is no escapist spirituality, but tough, real, and relevant to a world of suffering, fear, and confusion." --Esther de Waal, author of The Way of Simplicity
"In The Ladder of the Beatitudes, Jim Forest leads the reader on an ascent through levels of meaning, vividly illustrated with stories from the whole history of the Church." --Frederica Mathewes-Green
Jim Forest, a convert to the Russian Orthodox
Church, lives in Alkmaar, the Netherlands.
He served for twelve years as General Secretary
of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation.
He is author of Praying with Icon, Love is the
Measure: A Biography of Dorothy Day and Living
with Wisdom: A Life of Thomas Merton.