Im new here and I wanted to post regarding my dilemma on which ascetical book to buy for my Christmas break. I have read on orthodoxwiki that The Ladder of Divine Ascent
being labelled as the most theologically important work second only to the Bible (this is what Im looking for). In Bishop Kallistos intro in that book I glimpsed his recommendation of St Basil's Asketikon as the most major ascetic work -- is it? or is The Ladder
the most major? This confused me as to which book I should get.
---The Philokalia is out of my scope due to its immense size that would require a longer and more dedictaed period of time to study and it being a work composed from many writers rather than one.--- so please recommend one from the two mentioned above and mention why you chose it.