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Crazy John Dionysios A. Makris

Crazy John

Dionysios A. Makris

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ISBN : 9789609846271
Paperback
132 pages
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This book is based on stories and anectdotes told about the life and times of an actual person who lived in Athens, Greece in the late 20th Century. The original book was written in Greek and is a best-seller in that country.John, an ordinary bakeryMoreThis book is based on stories and anectdotes told about the life and times of an actual person who lived in Athens, Greece in the late 20th Century. The original book was written in Greek and is a best-seller in that country.John, an ordinary bakery worker who died in the 1990s, was considered what Orthodox Church defines as a Fool for Christ. A saint who has the title Fool-for-Christ is one who is known for his apparent, yet holy, insanity. Foolishness for Christ refers to behavior such as giving up all ones worldly possessions upon joining a monastic order. It can also refer to deliberate flouting of societys conventions to serve a religious purpose — particularly of Christianity. Such individuals were known as both holy fools and blessed fools. John did those things and more besides.Such sainted people were very common in the old days, but are considered rare in modern times. Excerpts from Crazy John’s life were reported about in the Greek Orthodox newspaper, Stylos Orthodoxias, and on the website, www.orthodoxia.gr. This book, which is a bestseller in Greece, is a compilation of those stories from various people in the neighborhood of Athens, Greece where John lived.