Tea and Book Pairing: Golden Tea for Good Companionship

True fellowship in the life of faith is a treasure chest filled with joys. When we find it in books or in persons, it’s worth celebrating with the best things we can bring to the table. That’s why I paired The Wilderness Journal: 365 Days with the Philokalia by Angela Doll Carlson with Tealyra’s Imperial Golden Monkey Yunnan black tea. This tea is smooth and a little malty, perfect on its own. If you want to experience a companionable tea, this is the one to splurge on. Drink it hot or warm with no additions. I steep it a bit strong sometimes, but this tea is perfect with a lower proportion of leaves in the pot.

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What could be better on a trip to the shore than warm tea, The Wilderness Journal, and honeycomb to sweeten the salt air?

As for the book, it makes the company and good advice of the saints accessible in perfectly paired reflections and quotes from the Philokalia. It’s arranged by date, so you can jump in at any point. These reflections bring immediacy of experience to the words from wise men of earlier centuries, inviting us to enter the unvarnished, impartial, but particular and close grace of God right where we are.

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Each section of the book begins with an introduction to help familiarize readers with some of the context of the excerpts from the Philokalia. Full disclosure: I wrote the brief introduction on St. John of Karpathos for the month of December.  

I highly recommend this book to tuck into your commuting bag, to sit on the seat beside you for moments waiting on your carpool members, to read in the morning or evening by your bed, or to take with you to the mountains or the sea.

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I brought the icon. My mother picked the sturdy sea shore flowers. My daughter collected the shells. Looking at this photo, I can taste the salt and the relief of tea and lovely words on the edge of the world. 

Amazon Shopping List: Imperial Golden Monkey Yunnan tea, The Wilderness Journal: 365 Days with the PhilokaliaFolklore Enamel Mug, Folklore Enamel Coffee Pot.

*This post contains affiliate links. Though I will receive a contributor’s copy of this book in future, this review is based on a copy I purchased on my own and shared out of true enjoyment.*