Desert Father: In the Desert With Saint Anthony, by James Cowan, from Shambhala Publications, ISBN 1590301455. The spiritual exploits of Anthony the Great - the prototype of the hermit-saint - have been immortalized in stories and art since the fourth century. Cowan journeys to Mount Colzim, Egypt, where Saint Anthony lived, and the monastery that still exists near the site of his hermitage. There he encounters a modern hermit-monk who engages him in the theological conversations that make up the heart of this book. According to Cowan's discovery, Anthony remains a luminous model for anyone who passionately seeks to know God.