I greatly enjoyed this little tome, as it sets out in 30 bite sized chapters a useable and distilled essence of Saint John Climacus s Ladder of Divine Ascent Each one of the thirty hurdles seems at first blush quite trivial, but an honest analysis of ones daily life will quickly reveal how we stumble on each one of the rungs of the proverbial ladder on a daily basis This is one of those books you should probably revert to every few years, not only as a refresher, but also for purposes of regeneration and reaffirmation Life and its circumstances are tough, but the reassurance and guidance this little gem provides us with will serve to re center us on the path The beauty of this book is that it is valid for members of any creed or philosophical outlook, and the underlying text represents a pinnacle of Orthodox Christian teaching. Popular Books, Ascending The Heights A Layman S Guide To The Ladder Of Divine Ascent By John Mack This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book Ascending The Heights A Layman S Guide To The Ladder Of Divine Ascent, Essay By John Mack Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You The subtitle of this volume is A Layman s guide to the Ladder of Divine Ascent While this may reflect the publisher s intent, I think it could be accurately described as Key quotes from the Ladder of Divine Ascent with contemporary Orthodox commentary Although I have only read portions of the original 6th century classic work by St John Climacus also known as John of the Ladder , I can say that, while Father John Mack does an excellent job of introducing contemporary readers to this great work, he barely scratches the surface Having said that, Fr Mack has been able to shed light on each of the 30 steps of the ladder and make them relevant for the non monastic reader.Accompanying s book description, you have the opportunity to view the table of contents, which gives you Fr Mack s contemporary names for each of the steps You can also read the first chapter, which will give you an idea of the content and structure of his writing.Hopefully one reading of this volume will whet your appetite for tackling the entire Ladder of Divine Ascent, which is filled with pearls of wisdom.com lists various translations of The Ladder, however I m only familiar with one from The Classics of Western Spirituality, which contains an informative introduction by Bishop Kallistos Ware This is the one that was used for discussion in our Orthodox church men s group.Just as most Orthodox monastic communities read one step of The Ladder on each weekday during Great Lent, I m hoping to reread and read aloud to my family Fr John Mack s Ascending the Heights during the next Lenten period.Now if I can only begin to put into practice what I have learned here, I may be on the road to salvation May God help me. Great book, easy to read and understand Excellent introduction to the Ladder The text is well organized and takes each rung at a time and summarizes it in simple terms Now I would like somebody to tell me what is the best translation for the original source. This book is written from a different perspective than the denomination that we are a part of, but we enjoyed it very much It is very hard to find this book and it is quite expensive if you can find it. As usual, I loaned it out to someone, and now I can t remember to whom it went to Probably will have to get another one.