For the Sociology of Religion course which I just finished at SUNY Brockport we had to read 4 books. The last book we were assigned is entitled, "The Mountain Of Silence" by Kyriacos Markides.
Markides is a sociology professor at the University of Maine and he spent several years studying the spirituality of the Athonite monks at the Panagia monastery on Cyprus. It is a fascinating book and I learned a lot from it. Not only did I learn a lot intellectually but it has deepened my faith in remarkable ways that I am still discovering even after finishing the book.
I highly recommend the book to people who are interested in deepening their own spirituality and coming to understand monasticism.
I will be making comments about things I found interesting in the book for the next couple of weeks.