Learn about the desert fathers and get to know Saint John the short

A Forest in the Desert is a 184 page graphic novel on the life of the early christian Saint John the Short

  • Discover the lives of the Orthodox desert fathers in 184 captivating pages of hand-drawn black and white illustrations.
  • Perfect for Orthodox Christians of all ages, book study groups, & Sunday School gifts.
  • Get to know Saint John the Short without having to read ancient manuscripts or historical documents that are hard   to follow. 
Saint John the Dwarf Graphic Novel
 “A Forest in the Desert” is an Orthodox graphic novel that follows the journey of a humble disciple turned monastic father.

Saint John the Short is a 4th century Christian saint who, inspired by the great monastic saints Macarius and Antony, travels to the desert of Scetis to become a monk. When the harsh teacher Amoi accepts him as a disciple, John learns humility, faith and obedience and grows from an unwitting novice to the father of many monks and a great saint of his generation.

Based on a 6th century manuscript, “A Forest in the desert” brings the world of early Christian fathers to life in expressive pen and ink. The illustrations read like ancient iconography with the familiarity of a modern graphic novel. Christians seeking truth in desert wisdom will find a virtuous example in the ever-relevant life of 
Saint John the short.

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