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A Christian Ending: A Handbook for Burial in the Ancient Christian Tradition
J. Mark and Elizabeth J. Barna
ISBN 978-0-9714139-6-2
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An Orthodox Christian life ends with the act of Christian burial.  The body of a Christian, which was immersed in the sacred waters of Baptism, anointed with Holy Chrism, and nourished by the Body and Blood of Christ, has become the sanctified dwelling place of God, even in death remaining worthy of profound reverence.  By undertaking the solemn task of preparing the body and celebrating the traditional funeral rites, not only does a Christian community show proper respect for the body of the departed, but all involved also receive tremendous spiritual blessing and nourishment.  This book provides a detailed description of the many facets involved in this great act of love.  May it be a blessing for all who heed the advice it offers, and may it help all our communities to enter more deeply into the awesome mystery we must all face:  death, and the preparation for our resurrection!  --Metropolitan JONAH, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America

Written in a genial, conversational style, this book offers the Christian reader a solid foundation in both the theology and the psychology of death:  its place within God's creative and saving work, and the personal impact it makes on those facing death and those who grieve for them.  It also clarifies a great many misconceptions held by most people concerning professional funeral practices, making clear that a truly "Christian ending" to our life can mean beauty and utter simplicity both in the rituals that surround it and in the burial itself.  --Fr. John Breck

 



Cancer, My Love
Mioara Grigore
ISBN 978-1-887904-59-9
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This memoir of personal transformation has changed countless lives in Romania since it was first published there in 2014.  Author Mioara Grigore describes how, as a self-absorbed religion teacher with thoughts of becoming a nun, she began an unlikely courtship with an atheistic math teacher.  The math teacher found faith, the two were happily married, and within six and a half years five children were born to them, one with Down syndrome.  Mioara's life was full, her home brimming with love. Then came the devastating cancer diagnosis.

With unflinching honesty, a keen eye for detail, and endearing humor, Mioara recounts her intense struggle with cancer.  With the help of her husband and children, of her spiritual father, and then of new friends who sacrificed themselves for her and her family, she turned that struggle into a journey of spiritual self-discovery.  In the agony of her cross-bearing, she found what it means, at the deepest level, to love and be loved by others and by God.  Ultimately, hers is a story not only of growth but of indomitable joy and triumph.



Do You Know Yourself? Psychological Problems & the Spiritual Life
Archimandrite Symeon (Kragiopoulos)
ISBN 978-0-9714139-5-5
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Why do so many of us good Christians find our spiritual progress blocked?  What can we do about the unconscious neurotic tendencies that warp our relations with others?  How can we let go of the idealized image we have of ourselves?  Drawing on the classic work Our Inner Conflicts by psychiatrist Karen Horney, Archimandrite Symeon shows how we are led to unhealthy attachments, slavish dependency, or a position of compliance--which can even affect our relationship with God.  He then explains how today's Christians can use biblical teachings and the wisdom of the Eastern Orthodox Church fathers to combat these characteristically modern problems.

 



Dorotheos of Gaza: Discourses & Sayings
Translated, with an introduction, by Eric P. Wheeler
ISBN 978-0-87907-933-9
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A shrewd observer, a master psychologist, an accomplished raconteur, Dorotheos is also a learned man with a prodigious capacity for assimilating in an organized harmony the wisdom of his predecessors in the life of the Spirit. But he is far more interested in humbly serving his brethren than in discoursing about the more recondite aspects of the hescyhast experience.

His genial candor makes him the ideal spiritual master to introduce modern readers to the rich spiritual universe of the deserts of Egypt, Palestine, and Syria.  Most of us will be able to approach Evagrius Ponticus, Cassian, and the Old Men of the Apophthegmata with greater love and insight for having first made the genial acquaintance of Dorotheos of Gaza.



Elder Sergei of Vanves: Life & Teachings
Jean-Claude Larchet
ISBN 978-0-9714139-8-6
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Elder Sergei of Vanves was one of the most charismatic figures in 20th-century Western Europe, yet until now, little if anything has been written about him in English. He was a man in whom the holy traditions of Old Valaam meet the contemporary, post-Christian West. He was spiritual father to several great luminaries of 20th-century Orthodoxy, including Vladimir Lossky, Nicholas Berdyaev, and iconographer Monk Gregory (Krug).

Born in 1903 in the Netherlands, Elder Sergei spent the majority of his life in France, yet he was very much immersed in the radiant spirituality of the Orthodox East. He had been the spiritual child of Igumen Chariton, who was the last abbot of Valaam (before it was closed by the Communists) and the compiler of the classic work, The Art of Prayer. Elder Sergei was also in direct correspondence with Saint Silouan the Athonite and took to heart the Saint's last words to him: "Go and tell the people as much as you can: Repent!"

Elder Sergei spent his life in a post-Christian country where strugglers for Orthodoxy were few, and indifference to religion was great. His counsels to his spiritual children who lived in our secular Western society are of great benefit to us today, as he bears living witness to the traditions of the Fathers in our own context. He reminds us that God is not an optional part of our lives; if we want to live, we can no more stop praying than we can stop breathing. He teaches us that though our modern world offers us many conveniences and comforts, though modern psychology can do much to alleviate our psychoses, there is no reason for our existence apart from God, there is no reason to heal our psychological wounds if there is no God, there is no reason to live life if there is no eternity.

 



Everyday Saints and Other Stories
Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov)
ISBN 978-0-9842848-3-2
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More than a million copies and several million electronic versions of this book have sold in less than a year after its release.  Everyday Saints is the English translation of the work that has soared at the top of the bestseller lists in Russia since its publication in late 2011. Winner of several national awards including “Book of the Year,” its readership spans philosophical boundaries.  Surpassing all competition many times over, it was voted the most popular book in Russia for 2012.

Open this book and you will discover a wondrous, enigmatic, remarkably beautiful, yet absolutely real world.  Peer into the mysterious Russian soul, where happiness reigns no matter what life may bring.  Page upon page of thanks, praise, and testimonies to the life-changing effect of these bright, good-hearted, and poignant tales have flooded the Russian media.  This book has been the cause of many sleepless but happy nights:  “I couldn’t put it down—was sorry when it ended” is the common reaction.

The book is being translated into ten different languages.  This English translation, Everyday Saints, is every bit as charming as the original.

 



First Fruits of Prayer: A Forty-Day Journey Through the Canon of St. Andrew
Frederica Mathewes-Green
ISBN 978-1-55725-611-9
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One of today's most popular spiritual writers and commentators interweaves the Old and New Testament Scripture with prayers of hope and repentance, offering ancient ways of seeing Christ that will feel new to readers of all denominational backgrounds.

 



Great Lent: Journey to Pascha
Alexander Schmemann
ISBN 978-0-913836-04-0
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This revised edition of Father Alexander Schmemann's Lenten classic examines the meaning of Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, the Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian, the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete and other neglected or misunderstood treasures of Lenten worship.  Schmemann draws on the Church's sacramental and liturgical tradition to suggest the meaning of "Lent in our life." 

The Lenten season is meant to kindle a "bright sadness" within our hearts.  Its aim is precisely the remembrance of Christ, a longing for a relationship with God that has been lost.  Lent offers the time and place for recovery of this relationship.  The darkness of Lent allows the flame of the Holy Spirit to burn within our hearts until we are led to the brilliance of the Resurrection.



In Christ, I Am a New Creation: Book 1, Taking Up My Cross
Veronica Hughes
ISBN 978-1517329273
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After 25 years of searching in the New Age, Metaphysical and Eastern Practices, I came back to Christ through the Eastern Orthodox Church.  I was raised a Western Catholic and fell away from the Church as did many in my generation in my late teens.

In my first book, The Pearl of Great Price, I tell the story of my conversion, lifetime of Western culture and twenty plus years of New Age and Eastern religious indoctrination did not simply wash away with my baptism.  In this sequel to my Pearl of Great Price, I explore what it means to be an Orthodox Christian.

In Orthodox Christianity we have the opportunity to embark on a remarkable journey in Christ in which we are transformed and gradually returned into the likeness of God by the grace of the Holy Spirit.  This regeneration requires thankfully enduring with love our sufferings for and in Christ, learning how to cooperate with the will of God in a sacred collaboration, willingly born from love, humility and obedience to Christ, our Beloved, our Saviour.

In this first part of my second book, I share my humorous and challenging struggles, my hard earned moments of grace, and the beginning of my life in Christ.  How does one find the way to Christ in one's heart while picking up one's cross and following the tried and proven path to salvatiobn laid before us by Christ and His Saints.  'Come and see!'



Indication of the Way into the Kingdom of Heaven: An Introduction to Christian Life
St. Innocent of Alaska
ISBN 978-88465-303-5
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People were not created merely to live here on earth like animals that disappear after their death, but to live with God and in God, and to live not for a hundred or a thousand years, but to live eternally. So begins this direct and heart-warming introduction to the Christian life that was first composed for the Aleut people of Alaska in the early nineteenth century. This book offers a classic Christian response to questions that we all must address at some point in our life: Why are we here and where can we truly find happiness and prosperity? In a time when the futility of the never-ending pursuit of material gain is being recognized more widely, this work is more relevant then ever.

Since its first publication in Aleut in 1833, this book has been published in numerous Russian language editions and seven English language printings.  This new English language edition is further enhanced with points for reflection at the end of each section that can be used as an aid for further engagement with the text either individually or in a guided group study setting.



Journey to Heaven: Counsels on the Particular Duties of Every Christian
St. Tikhon of Zadonsk, Bishop of Voronezh & Elets
ISBN 978-0-88465-046-4
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Saint Tikhon was born in 1724 near the end of the reign of Peter the Great near Novgorod.  Timothy, as was his name at the time, was the son of a poor parish official.  After the repose of his parents, his elder brother undertook his guardianship.

His studious years at seminary were accompanied by deprivation and hardships.  However, Timothy was endowed with many talents and became professor of ancient Greek before finishing his theological studies in 1754.  After the completion of his education, he yearned to dedicate his life to God.

Having been elevated to the rank of bishop, he focused his efforts on raising the level of monasticism, as well as developing the clergy.  This he did while zealously striving to fulfill the needs of the faithful at a turbulent time of change during the renovationist reigns of Russia's liberal sovereigns.

Against the backdrop of Russian high society's lack of Orthodox self-consciousness, the "Chrysostom of the Russian Church" eloquently wrote numerous works.  The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church made an anthology of all his works and published it under the title, Counsels on the Particular Duties of Every Christian.

This book is characterized by the abundant use of Holy Scriptures, as well as by its simplicity, grace, and persuasiveness.  In its pages, everyone of whatever age, rank, education, sex, and occupation will find spiritual problems presented along with their solutions.  At the same time, it is rich in compunctionate thought that leads to continual spiritual ascent and closer contact with God.

This enduring work, after 49 publications in Russian alone, has been especially beloved by the faithful, for it shows in a practical way the path to salvation and leads us on our own journey to heaven.



Know the Faith: A Handbook for Orthodox Christians and Inquirers
Rev. Michael Shanbour
ISBN 978-1-944967-01-7
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Over the centuries since the Great Schism between the Eastern and Western Churches, the two groups have diverged to the point that they often no longer understand each other's vocabulary, let alone the fundamental concepts on which each faith is built.  Know the Faith is an attempt to present Orthodox Christianity in a way Western Christians can understand, grounding each point in Scripture and patristic theology, with comparisons to what Catholics and Protestants believe.

Whether you are an Orthodox Christian seeking to explain your faith to others or an inquirer into this ancient faith, Know the Faith will help you understand and communicate the Orthodox faith as never before.

 



Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives: The Life and Teachings of Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica
Compiled by St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood
ISBN 978-1-887904-19-3
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Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica was one of the most renowned spiritual guides of Serbia in the twentieth century. As a novice he lived in obedience to Elder Ambrose of Miljkovo Monastery, a disciple of the Optina Elders. From him Fr. Thaddeus learned the Prayer of the Heart and the selfless love that came to characterize his whole ministry to the suffering Serbian people.

Born in 1914, Elder Thaddeus lived through all the suffering endured by Serbia in the twentieth century. Over the course of two World Wars, during the Communist takeover, and through the NATO bombings of 1999, he co-suffered with his people. He taught, counseled, and prayed for all who came to him in pain and sorrow. His words of love and hope provided spiritual balm for people from all classes of society.

In 2002 Elder Thaddeus reposed, leaving behind a large collection of his teachings, preserved by his faithful spiritual children. His life, teachings, and spiritual conversations are here presented for the first time in English.



Raising Them Right: A Saint's Advice on Raising Children
St. Theophan the Recluse
ISBN 978-096227130-4
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Saint Theophan, while from a different era and country, has an uncanny ability to communicate with modern Westerners.  Raising Them Right provides both practical and spiritual insight into a variety of areas of concern to parents, such as baptism, guiding the spiritual and psychological development of children through their teens, and preserving grace in a child's life.  A fresh redesign of a spiritual classic.

 



Re-Introducing Christianity: An Eastern Apologia for a Western Audience
Amir Azarvan
ISBN 978-1-4982-2404-8
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"Faith means making a virtue out of not thinking. . . . And those who preach faith, and enable and elevate it are intellectual slaveholders, keeping mankind in a bondage to fantasy and nonsense that has spawned and justified so much lunacy and destruction."
-- Bill Maher

Many seem unaware that contemporary critiques of Christianity are relevant mostly to its modern offshoots (whose followers have to some extent earned Bill Maher's unflattering caricatures).  To its detriment, Christianity is increasingly identified in people's minds with these more recent expressions. As a result, a growing number of people are turning away from Christianity and, indeed, religious faith altogether.

Drawing from an eclectic group of theologians, clergy members, monastics, and lay scholars, this edited volume re-introduces Christianity to a modern audience.  It presents a more authentic, experiential side of Christianity to the religious skeptic; a side that eschews blind faith, legalism, and judgment; a side that is rarely given a hearing in the ongoing debate with today's skeptics.

Re-Introducing Christianity is also directed at modern Christians, and refutes their most frequently expressed criticisms of what the contributors boldly, but humbly, call the Apostolic Faith.

 



Royal Monastic: Princess Ileana of Romania
Bev. Cooke
ISBN 978-1-888212-32-7
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The life of a princess isn't all fun-filled travel, manificent banquets, handsome princes, and beautiful clothes.  It's also devotion to duty, sacrifice for your people, and a lot of just plain hard work.  And if your country happens to suffer two world wars and a communist takeover in your lifetime, it means danger and suffering, exile and heartache as well.

Princess Ileana of Romania endured all this and more.  But her deeply rooted Orthodox faith saw her through it all, and eventually led her in her later years to the peaceful repose of monasticism.  But that life included sacrifice and hard work as well, because as Mother Alexandra she was called to build the first English-language Orthodox women's monastery in the United States--the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania.

Princess Ileana's story is a thrilling tale of love and loss, danger and rescue, sacrifice and reward.  Her inspiring life stands as a beacon of faith and holiness for young women of all times and nations to follow.



Saint Nikiforos: The Leper & Wonderworker
Greek Orthodox Monastery of the Theotokos the Life Giving Spring
ISBN 978-0-9851915-7-3
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Saint Nikiforos (1887-1964) is a saint of our time. He suffered from Hansen's Disease, leprosy, in a time when little was known about the disease or potential cures. Lepers were forced to live in Leper colonies. Some lepers gave in to despair but others like Saint Nikiforos became leaders in the Orthodox Christian faith, true saints who suffered in love for Christ and his fellow man. He encouraged many people in his life and many miracles surround his life. Come, read about joy and love in suffering.

 



Saint Veronica: An Eastern Orthodox Historical Overview & Liturgical Service
Veronica Hughes
ISBN 978-1-973980391
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This book presents an Eastern Orthodox perspective on the legends and facts surrounding St. Veronica's life, Veil and Statue.

St. Veronica is one of the most beloved saints in the Eastern Orthodox and Catholic Churches. She is the woman with an issue of blood presented in the Gospels, who was instantly cured by Christ when she touched the hem of His garment.

I began my research into the life of St. Veronica when I became Orthodox in 1996, and I chose her for My saint.  Initially, most of what I found about the her was legend.  Then, at the request of my spiritual father to write a service for her, my renewed efforts revealed some remarkable things.

Based on documented facts about St. Veronica, I have written an Orthodox service in honor of her and a short historicaly documented overview of my saint. Holy St. Veronica, pray to God for us!



Sermons on the Spiritual Life
St. Philaret of Moscow
ISBN 978-1-735011608
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St. Philaret of Moscow is the Russian Chrysostom.  His mouth overflowed from a heart enlarged and illumined by the Holy Spirit, and his teaching has been a fountain of life to the Christian generations that have succeeded the great bishop.

Here, for the first time in an English-language translation, we have a thematic collection of his sermons dedicated to living the Christian life.

The Master Pedagogue covers numerous foundational spiritual realities including being born again, building a life upon the foundation of the fear of God, the centrality of gratitude, the cultivation of zeal, the purification of the heart, the nourishing of poverty of spirit, as well as more targeted subjects such as childbearing, work, preparations for prayer, and how to consecrate Sunday to God.

These pages contain a feast of faith and soul guidance that, if followed, will bring forth abundant spiritual treasure.



The Arena: Guidelines for Spiritual and Monastic Life (Volume 5)
St. Ignatius (Brianchaninov)
ISBN 978-0-88465-287-8
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It is fashionable in our times to value youth over experience, novelty above tradition. This classic work stands in unmistakable contrast to this tendency. First published in its original Russian edition in the year of the author's death, it is the summation of his more than forty years experience of Christian and monastic life.

Like the sayings of the Fathers of the Egyptian desert, offered by monks to their fellow strugglers, the wisdom offered in these pages is ageless and of wide application to every aspect of life.  Tradition is revealed as an appropriation of Divine Life, passed on to others by both action and word.

The title given to the original English language edition The Arena has been kept as this aptly sums up its constant theme; the need for struggle if we are to progress in the spiritual life.  Life the gladiatorial combat of the Roman arena this struggle is against wild beasts and well-armed foes.  There are many watching; some shouting encouragement to the struggler and other cheering their foes.  All of this is occurring within the area of our own hearts as we do battle with the sin that prevents us from knowing God as He would be known.  As the now Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) writes in his foreword:

Such, then is Bishop Ignatius' basic theme:  he tells us of the struggle to be undertaken by every Christian in the spiritual arena.  He speaks to us all, whether monks or not, explaining how we may tame, control, and transform the beast within -- the lions and howling wolves of our inner jungle -- and so build in our hearts Jerusalem, the city of peace and unity.



The Beginnings of a Life of Prayer
Bishop Irenei (Steenberg)
ISBN 978-1-887904-29-2
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The beginnings of prayer arise from the longing of the heart to know God, to rest in Him Who showed His love upon the precious Cross, to abide in the fullness of communion with Him. In the present book--a primer on prayer--Bishop Irenei first prepares the ground by helping us to count the cost (Luke 14:28) of our lives as Christians, to take stock of the spiritual struggle we must undertake if we are to ascend toward God in prayer. Then, based on a sober appraisal of our lowly condition and of the worldly and demonic influences that assail us, he helps us to adorn our inward beings as temples of prayer.

With an eye ever on the practical application of Orthodox Christian teaching to the spiritual life, the author raises our minds and hearts to a greater awareness of the holiness and majesty of God, and at the same time of the potential for us--unworthy though we are--to enter into intimate communion with Him. This awareness inspires us to explore with the author the depths of prayer, and to strive more fervently toward eternal life in Christ--the end for which we have been created.

 



The Blessed Surgeon: The Life of Saint Luke, Archbishop of Simferopol
Archdeacon Vasiliy Marushchak
ISBN 978-0-9714139-2-4
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World-famous pioneering surgeon, tortured confessor, archbishop and miracle-worker--Saint Luke is one of the most intriguing victims of Soviet oppression.  Outspoken regarding his faith--he would lecture on surgery in universities wearingh is cassock and cross--he was exiled and tortured multiple times. Yet the authorities could not deny his exceptional medical skills:  he was appointed as a chief surgeon overseeing the treatment of injured soldiers during World War II, and he received the Stalin award for his innovative surgical work.

This book documents his personal struggles, his self-sacrificing love for patients, his miracles, and his bold spiritual guidance during the Church's most difficult period in Russia.

 



The Heavenly Banquet: Understanding the Divine Liturgy
Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
ISBN 978-0-9778970-6-3
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A book much needed, and unlike anything that has appeared in the English language on this subject, The Heavenly Banquet is more than a liturgical commentary.  With an abundance of copiously documented biblical citations and rich patristic references, the Divine Liturgy is explained line by line, word by word.  This book holds answers to all kinds of complex liturgical, social, and theological questions.

In-depth, yet easy to follow, written in simple, understandable language, this book will aid Catechists and instructors who can draw from its abundant material for presentation and discussion.  This work will be of great benefit to any Orthodox Christian who seeks to obtain a better understanding of the Divine Liturgy.  The richness and the thoroughness of the subjects treated in it make The Heavenly Banquet a treasure.



The Lenten Spring: Readings for Great Lent
Thomas Hopko
ISBN 978-0-88141-014-3
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"The Church welcomes the lenten spring with a spirit of exultation...with the enthusiasm of a child... The tone of the church services is one of brightness and light."  Thus the author begins the first of forty meditation on Great Lent, casting out the gloom and darkness with which many Christians approach this holy season and revealing, in a simple, clear and beautiful manner, its true meaning.

In his meditations, Fr. Hopko draws on his long experience as a pastor and teacher, working with young and old throughout the country, to present to the modern reader the relevance of the Church's two-thousand-year-old tradition of preparing to greet our Lord's Resurrection.  But in so doing he also makes extensive use of all facets of church tradition from all times--inspiring scriptural and liturgical passages from the lenten services, the spiritual wisdom of the ancient saints and fathers, as well as the teachings of modern guides to the Christian life.

All Christians who undertake the yearly journey to the blessed Pascha of our Lord will find inspiration and guidance in these meditations.  All can enjoy reading and rereading them and share in the profound thoughts of the author as they make their own spiritual way through this holy season.



The Life of Saint Philaret the Almsgiver
Translated by Holy Transfiguration Monastery
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Our Father among the Saints, Philaret lived during the years of the Emperor Constantine and the Empress Irene in the eighth century.  He was from the town of Amneia in Paphlagonia, which is under the metropolis of Gangra.  This blessed one was truly philaretos -- "a lover of virtue" -- for he was both godly and virtuous in his acts and very wealthy in body and soul.

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The Morning Offering: Daily Thoughts for Orthodox Christians
Abbot Tryphon
ISBN 978-1-936270-98-9
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Thousands of readers and listeners have benefited from the fatherly wisdom and insight of The Morning Offering, the blog and podcast of Abbot Tryphon of All-Merciful Saviour Monastery, Vashon Island, Washington.

Now Abbot Tryphon's reflections on faith and contemporary life have been collected in book form, with one entry for each day of the year. Start your day with The Morning Offering and keep yourself oriented toward Christ all through the day.

 



The Mystical Marriage: Spiritual Life according to St. Maximos the Confessor
Elder Aimilianos of Simonopetra
ISBN 978-1-939028815
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This book contains six talks by Elder Aimilianos of Simonopetra (Mt. Athos), focusing on select passages from the Chapters on Love by St Maximos the Confessor.  More than a simple commentary, these talks offer a profound yet approachable introduction to the principles and practice of Orthodox spirituality.



The Orthodox Church: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity
Timothy Ware
ISBN 978-0-141-98063-8
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Since its first publication fifty years ago, Timothy Ware's book has become established throughout the English-speaking world as the standard introduction to the Eastern Christianity. In this fully revised and updated third edition he explains the Orthodox views on such widely ranging matters as Free Will, Purgatory, the Papacy and the relation between the different Orthodox Churches, making this the definitive guide for both Orthodox and non-Orthodox alike.

 

 



The Orthodox Study Bible, Ancient Faith Edition: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World
St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology
ISBN 978-1404107946
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The Orthodox Study Bible was the fruit of over twenty years of labor by many of the best Orthodox Christian theologians of our time.  It includes numerous study guides and teachings that bring to our modern world the mind of the ancient Christian Church.  It is the first ever full-length (Old and New Testaments) Orthodox Study Bible in English.

This special Ancient Faith Edition (released 2019) contains the identical content from the previous, most current release of the Orthodox Study Bible, including the same commentaries, notes, supplemental articles, and full-color icons and maps along with a quality ribbon marker as well as an additional eight pages of Orthodox prayers.



The Orthodox Way
Bishop Kallistos Ware
ISBN 978-0-913836-58-3
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This book is a general account of the doctrine, worship and life of Orthodox Christians by the author of the now classic The Orthodox Church.  It raises the basic issues of theology:  God is hidden yet revealed; the problem with evil; the nature of salvation; the meaning of faith; prayer; death and what lies beyond.  In so doing, it helps to fill the need for modern Orthodox catechism.  Yet this book is not a mere manual, a dry-as-dust repository of information.  Throughout the book, Bishop Kallistos Ware shows the meaning of Orthodox doctrine for the life of the individual Christian.  Doctrinal issues are seen not as abstract propositions for theological debate but as affecting the whole of life.

A wealth of texts drawn from theologians and spiritual writers of all ages accompanies Bishop Kallistos' presentation.  They, too, reveal Orthodoxy not just as a system of beliefs, practices and customs but indeed as the Way.

 



The Path to Salvation: A Concise Outline of Christian Ascesis
St. Theophan the Recluse
ISBN 978-1-887904-50-6 (Fourth Edition)
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Steeped in the Philokalic tradition, the holy Hierarch Theophan was a prolific writer and interpreter of the holy Fathers of the Church, making them accessible to contemporary Christians. Patristic literature has always provided an age-old, tried-and-tested model of spiritual life, foreign to fleeting fashions. St. Theophan keeps this traditional model sharp and clear, presenting it in an approachable language. In this book, his crowning achievement, the Saint himself expresses its precise aim as follows:

It is possible to describe the feelings and inclinations which a Christian must have, but this is very far from being all that is demanded for the ordering of one’s salvation.  The important thing for us is a real life in the spirit of Christ.  But just touch on this, and how many perplexities are uncovered, how many guideposts are necessary, as a result, almost at every step!  True, one may know man’s final goal:  communion with God and one may describe the path to it:  faith, and walking in the commandments, with the aid of divine grace.  One need only say in addition:  Here is the path—start walking!



The Path to Salvation: A Manual of Spiritual Transformation
St. Theophan the Recluse
ISBN 978-1-887904-50-6 (Third Edition)
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Saint Theophan the Recluse (1802-1894), the most popular spiritual writer of 19th-century Russia, was a modern-day interpreter of the ancient wisdom of the Christian East.  A brilliant spiritual psychologist, he taught not from theory but from personal experience of the interior life of the spirit and the action of Divine Grace.  In this book, his crowning achievement, he offers precise and detailed instructions on such ultimate matters as:

  • How to separate from one's thoughts and emotions and thus be free of compulsive thinking and behavior.
  • How to face and eradicate the evil in one's heart.
  • How to gather one's spirit within the heart, thus protecting it from outside influences and allowing Christ to cleanse and heal it.
  • How to acquire Grace -- the uncreated Energy and Power of God -- and be recreated by it into the likeness of Christ.
  • How to find "the Kingdom of Heaven within you" and dwell in the Grace of Christ throughout eternity.


The Pearl of Great Price: The Spiritual Journey of a New Age Seeker to the Light of Christ and the Eastern Orthodox Church
Veronica Hughes
ISBN 978-1547176915
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Travel with me through my journey to find The Pearl of Great Price, that treasure of spirituality, which “I sold all to obtain” (Rom 8:32).

The first part of my book, My Labyrinth, begins with the description of my family’s search for a better life in America, and the rich spiritual and cultural heritage I inherited from my ancestors. As my life unfolds, my journey takes me away from that heritage, God and the Catholic Church into the seeming serenity and release from suffering offered by Eastern Religions and New Age movements.

In Part Two of my book, The Battle for my Soul, I slowly, and at times painfully, realize that the majority of my spiritual seeking was in reaction to or avoidance of many incomplete issues from my past - most especially relating to the Catholic Church, and Christianity in general. When I learn to take responsibility for my past and to trust others, I am finally able to approach my relationship with God and the Church in a new and sincere manner.

The third part of my book, My Conversion, gives readers an in-depth window into the process of Christian conversion and the teachings of ancient Christianity that can be found in the Eastern Orthodox Church. May my story will encourage you in your spiritual searching. As St. Matthew tells us, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.”



The Spiritual Life and How to be Attuned to It
St. Theophan the Recluse
ISBN 978-0-9729956-1-0
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Once, in the middle of the dance floor at some annual ball, a young lady had a sudden glimpse of the immortality of her soul; and as this vision flashed upon her inward eye, she was struck with the thought that all this swirling around the dance floor was utterly futile.  Amazed and disturbed, she wrote to the recluse:

“Is this normal, or is it a morbid hindrance to a desire for a happy life in the world?”  The answer to her question evoked the correspondence which resulted in this volume.

St. Theophan the Recluse, possessing a rare degree of patristic scholarship, combined with a thorough understanding of the soul of contemporary people, was enabled to formulate a genuine understanding of spiritual life for modern man.  He made this understanding accessible to the average person, for he knew that each “average person” is the possessor of an immortal soul, and each soul is to be attuned here upon earth to live eternally with God in Paradise.

In this book, rightly called a primer for spiritual life, St. Theophan with fatherly care leads the reader with a gentle yet firm approach on the narrow way to which we are called, but also explains life and all that it can bring in a light that stresses hope, forgiveness and mercy.



The Sunflower: Confirming the Will of Man to the Will of God
St. John of Tobolsk
ISBN 978-0-88465-460-5
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May our love for the Sun, the will of God, be as strong as the sunflower's, so that even in days of hardship and sorrow we will continue to sail unerringly along the sea of life, following the directions of the barometer and compass of God's will that leads us to the safe haven of eternity.
--St. John of Tbolosk

This is a thoroughly practical manual of the spiritual life that focuses on the central goal of every Christian:  discerning the will of God and struggling to mold our life to it, just as Christ "humbled Himself and became obedient" (Philippians 2:8).

Saint John addresses fundamental questions:  Why should we care about God's will? What are the benefits in following His will? How do we avoid common obstacles to living in accordance with His will?  The reader will find practical and eternal wisdom running through these writings that discuss the perennial questions of why a good God permits evil.  This is the first English edition of St. John's text, edited and abbreviated for the contemporary reader.

 



The Way of a Pilgrim and The Pilgrim Continues His Way
Translated by Olga Savin
ISBN 978-1-57062-807-8
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The prayer of the heart, or the "Jesus Prayer," is a practice that comes from the tradition of Eastern Christian spirituality.  Its fruits are detachment from all anxious cares, enlightenment of the intellect, and a heart that bubbles over with love for all creation.  The Way of the Pilgrim and The Pilgrim Continues His Way are intimate firsthand accounts of a life illuminated by the prayer.  The anonymous narrator, carrying little more than a Bible, some dried bread, and a prayer rope, walked across nineteenth-century Russia repeating it, recording his experiences in his effort to put into practice the words of Saint Paul, "Pray without ceasing."

The text is accompanied by a never-before-translated appendix from the Russian edition that gives instruciton and advise on practicing the Jesus Prayer--including translations of some of the texts from the Philokalia referred to in The Way of a Pilgrim.

 



The Winter Pascha: Readings for the Christmas-Epiphany Season
Thomas Hopko
ISBN 978-0-88141-025-9
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"When the winter begins to make way into the Northern World, the Church of Christ begins to celebrate 'a splendid three-day Pascha.'"  Thus Father Thomas Hopko begins the first of forty meditations for the season of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany, ending with the feast of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple on the fortieth day after Christ's birth.  In the style of his popular book for the paschal fasting season, The Lenten Spring, the author again draws on the biblical readings and liturgical hymns and verses of the season to illumine the way for believers to follow the Church's days of preparation and celebration for the Coming of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in human flesh.  Many references are made to the writings of the saints and Church Fathers, as well as to contemporary Christian teachers and spiritual guides.  All those who love the Lord's Coming will find comfort and strength, as well as enlightenment and instruction, for having passed through the Winter Pascha with this book as their companion.



Traditions of the Healing Church: Exploring the Orthodox Faith
Nun Katherine Weston, MA, LMHC
ISBN 978-0-9983906-1-1
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Traditions of the Healing Church is written with you in mind if you are:  curious about the Orthodox Faith, a catechumen, interested in Eastern vs. Western Christianity, or seeking to share your Orthodox faith with others.

It is based on talks presented at conferences of the Brotherhood of Saint Moses the Black in Denver and Newark.



Transformative Wisdom Series: Anxiety, Trust, and Gratitude
Nun Katherine Weston, MA, LMHC
ISBN 978-0-9983906-5-9
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Volume 2 of the Transformative Wisdom Series

Anxiety, Trust, and Gratitude is for any reader who desires to confront the angst of our times through living a more intentional life according to biblical precepts.  The essays are based on talks presented at the 16th, 18th, and 25th annual conferences of the Fellowship of Saint Moses the Black, a pan-Orthodox, multi-racial ministry.

Early Church writers define anxiety as a natural consequence of fallen human nature.  Holy Scriptures give us trust and gratitude toward God as the remedy.  What holds us back from practicing these essential virtues?  How can we overcome the spiritual and psychological stumbling blocks?

The Transformative Wisdom Series engages the themes of spiritual, personal, and societal transformation, bringing to bear the timeless wisdom of the Eastern Orthodox Church and the cumulative wisdom of contemporary Western psychotherapies.



Transformative Wisdom Series: Illumining Shame, Anger, and Forgiveness
Nun Katherine Weston, MA, LMHC
ISBN 978-0-9983906-3-5
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Volume 1 of the Transformative Wisdom Series

Illumining Shame, Anger, and Forgiveness examines these intrinsic human experiences through the complementary lenses of biblical faith and modern psychology.  How does shame remind us that we have lost Paradise?  What does anger have to do with family and social roles?  How can we learn to welcome returning “prodigals”?

The Transformative Wisdom Series engages the themes of spiritual, personal, and societal transformation, bringing to bear the timeless wisdom of the Eastern Orthodox Church and the cumulative wisdom of contemporary Western psychotherapies.



Transformative Wisdom Series: Loneliness or Fruitful Longing
Nun Katherine Weston, MA, LMHC
ISBN 978-0-692-27454-5
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Volume 3 of the Transformative Wisdom Series

Loneliness or Fruitful Longing is for pastors, counselors, and people seeking hope for their own loneliness. It expands on a talk originally delivered at the 20th annual Ancient Christianity and Afro-American Conference, a ministry of the Brotherhood of Saint Moses the Black.

Loneliness is at the root of many of our great personal and societal ills.  It contributes to:  physical health problems; mental health concerns; marital distress and divorce; and suicide, abortion, and more.

Learn what you can do to combat loneliness in your own life and the lives of people you care about.  There is an African proverb:  "It takes a village to raise a child."  It also takes a village to raise us out of loneliness.  Welcome to that village--we are doing this together.

The Transformative Wisdom Series engages the themes of spiritual, personal, and societal transformation, bringing to bear the timeless wisdom of the Eastern Orthodox Church and the cumulative wisdom of contemporary Western psychotherapies.



Transformative Wisdom Series: Race, Identity, and Reconciliation
Nun Katherine Weston, MA, LMHC
ISBN 978-0-9983906-2-8
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Volume 4 of the Transformative Wisdom Series

Race, Identify, and Reconciliation is for anyone who seeks to be part of the conversation on the shifting paradigms of our times.  The chapters are expanded from talks presented at the 22nd and 23rd annual conferences of the Brotherhood of Saint Moses the Black, a pan-Orthodox, multi-racial ministry.

Different regional views on human value, race, and faith are at the heart of an ongoing national struggle over the identity and direction of the U.S.  What insights can the Orthodox Church contribute as an expression of Christianity that was not involved in African slave trade or economy?

The Transformative Wisdom Series engages the themes of spiritual, personal, and societal transformation, bringing to bear the timeless wisdom of the Eastern Orthodox Church and the cumulative wisdom of contemporary Western psychotherapies.



Truly Human: Recovering Your Humanity in a Broken World
Kevin Sherer
ISBN 978-1-944967-05-5
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Our first parents departed from what it means to be truly human when they ate from the forbidden tree. Ever since, humans have been working with corrupted minds and wills, employing a distorted approach to life. Kevin Scherer calls this psycho-logic, and he knows how it can lead us on a downward spiral to misery. How do we get back to the Garden? By allowing Christ to renew our minds, using the tried-and-true spiritual practices of the Orthodox Faith.

 



Welcome to the Orthodox Church: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity
Frederica Mathewes-Green
ISBN 978-1-55725-921-9
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Welcome to the Orthodox Church—its history, theology, worship, spirituality, and daily life. This friendly guide provides a comprehensive introduction to Orthodoxy, but with a twist:  readers learn by making a series of visits to a fictitious church, and get to know the faith as new Christians did for most of history, by immersion.  Mathews-Green provides commentary and explanations on everything from how to “venerate” an icon, to the Orthodox understanding of the atonement, to the Lenten significance of tofu.  It’s the perfect book for inquirers and newcomers, but even readers who have been Orthodox all their lives say they learned things they never knew before.  Enjoyable, easy-to-read, and leavened with humor, Welcome to the Orthodox Church is a gracious guide to the ancient faith of the Christian East.

 



What Orthodox Christians Believe: An Ancient Faith Compendium
Ancient Faith Publishing
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What do Orthodox Christians believe about the Second Coming of Christ? About divorce? About abortion? About spiritual gifts?  Compiled as a practical A to Z handbook of basic Orthodox teaching on a variety of subjects.



Wounded by Love: The Life & the Wisdom of Elder Porphyrios
Elder Porphyrios
ISBN 978-960-7120-19-9
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Saint Porphyrios, a Greek monk and priest who died in 1991, was formally glorified as a saint by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in November 2013.  He stands in the long tradition of charismatic spiritual guides in the Eastern Church which continues from the apostolic age down to figures such as Saint Seraphim of Sarov and Staretz Silouan in modern times. In this book he tells the story of his life and, in simple, deeply reflected and profoundly wise words, he expounds the Christian Faith today.

 



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