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Jaomamy Angelot
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Cartas del Desierto by Carlos Carretto: A Review

Cartas del Desierto (Letters from the Desert) is a book by Carlos Carretto, a former Italian journalist and politician who left his career and joined the Little Brothers of Jesus, a religious order inspired by the life and writings of Charles de Foucauld. The book is a collection of letters that Carretto wrote from the Sahara desert, where he lived for several years in solitude and prayer.

The book was first published in 1964 and has been translated into many languages. It is considered a classic of spiritual literature, as it offers a profound and honest reflection on the meaning of faith, love, and service. Carretto shares his struggles and doubts, his joys and discoveries, his insights and challenges, as he follows the call of God in the desert.


The book is divided into four parts: The Call, The Desert, The Brothers, and The Church. In each part, Carretto addresses different aspects of his spiritual journey, such as his decision to leave everything behind, his experience of silence and solitude, his relationship with his fellow brothers and the local people, and his vision of the church and its mission in the world.

The book is not a systematic or doctrinal treatise, but rather a personal and poetic testimony of a man who sought God in the desert. Carretto does not claim to have all the answers, but rather invites the reader to join him in his quest for the ultimate truth. He writes with simplicity and sincerity, using vivid images and metaphors to convey his message. He also quotes extensively from the Bible, the writings of Charles de Foucauld, and other spiritual authors.

The book is a source of inspiration and encouragement for anyone who wants to deepen their relationship with God and follow His will in their lives. It is also a challenge to anyone who wants to live authentically their Christian faith in the midst of a secularized and materialistic world. Carretto shows that the desert is not only a physical place, but also a state of mind and heart, where one can encounter God and oneself in a new way.

If you are interested in reading this book, you can find it online in PDF format from various sources . You can also buy it from online or physical bookstores. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

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