Books & Gifts

We hope you enjoy the offerings of our online bookstore and giftshop! Items are continuously being added, so check back frequently. Currently, the price of each item already includes shipping, handling and CA state tax (if appropriate). You will not be charged an additional fee for S&H during checkout. If you are ordering from outside the US, email us for international shipping rates. Thank you for visiting us!


Due to space limitations, we cannot list our entire (extensive!) inventory online, although we are constantly rotating books in and out. Please email us to request a complete list or call us at (805)921-1563 to ask about what you are looking for.

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Quartet of Lavender Sachets
Quartet of Lavender Sachets
Four sachets are better than one...especially when discounted!
100 knot prayer rope (wool)100 knot prayer rope (wool)"The rope keeps the mind on the prayer, and the prayer keeps the mind on the Lord."
33 knot prayer rope (wool)33 knot prayer rope (wool)"The rope keeps the mind on the prayer, and the prayer keeps the mind on the Lord."
Akathist to the Mother of God "Healer of Cancer"Akathist to the Mother of God "Healer of Cancer" This is a completely new edition of the Akathist to the renowned Icon of the Mother of God "Pantanassa" or "Queen of All," an Athonite miracle-working icon.

Rejoice, O Queen of All, who dost heal our infirmities by Thy grace!
Akathist to the Mother of God "Nurturer of Children"Akathist to the Mother of God "Nurturer of Children"

A sweet, yet powerful, prayer service for anyone who desires to pray for a son, daughter, or godchild. The prayer is an offering to the Mother of God to raise these young ones (by name) to be worthy heirs of Christ's kingdom. Prepared by St. Paisius Monastery 

All-Natural Lavender Essential Oil 100% Pure 15 mlAll-Natural Lavender Essential Oil 100% Pure 15 ml
Half ounce bottles of the highest quality lavender essential oil from the  fields of St. Barbara Monastery. Keep a bottle in your medicine cabinet and one in your purse or pocket for quick stress relief!
All-Natural Lavender Essential Oil 100% Pure 5 mlAll-Natural Lavender Essential Oil 100% Pure 5 ml5 ml bottle of the highest quality lavender essential oil from the  fields of St. Barbara Monastery. Hand picked lavender, steam distilled and bottled by the sisters. Keep one in your medicine cabinet and one in your purse or pocket for quick stress relief!
Book: A Collection of Letters to Nuns, by Saint AnatolyBook: A Collection of Letters to Nuns, by Saint AnatolyOriginally published in Russian in 1910, this volume is made up of 382 letters of spiritual counsel by the Optina Elder Hieroschemamonk Anatoly (Zertsalov) to nuns. These letters, while originally addressed to nuns, can be applied with profit to all Christians, both monastic and lay. Written in a tone that is both firm and tender, they are the words of a caring father for his spiritual children. Includes the life of St. Anatoly, a glossary, an index of topics, and a table of letters.
Book: A Daily Calendar of SaintsBook: A Daily Calendar of Saints
Book: A Layman in the Desert: Monastic Wisdom for a Life in the WorldBook: A Layman in the Desert: Monastic Wisdom for a Life in the WorldDr Daniel G. Opperwall is a husband, a father, and a layman. He teaches theology, patristics, and history at the Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College, University of Toronto.
Book: A Night in the Desert of the Holy Mountain: Discussion with a Hermit on the Jesus PrayerBook: A Night in the Desert of the Holy Mountain: Discussion with a Hermit on the Jesus Prayer
A Night in the Desert of the Holy Mountain is a book which brings to light the quintessence of Orthodox spiritual life: the Jesus prayer or prayer of the heart and how it can be practised by both monks / nuns and lay people. The reader enjoys the simple presentation of the teachings of the Church on the Jesus prayer, through the authentic experience of an Athonite hermit. This book has been a classic in Greece since its first publication in 1991.
Book: A Pocket Prayer Book for Orthodox ChristiansBook: A Pocket Prayer Book for Orthodox ChristiansKnown affectionately as the "Little Red Book," this prayerbook has been a classic for over 40 years.
Book: A Song in the Furnace: The Message of the Book of DanielBook: A Song in the Furnace: The Message of the Book of DanielLike Daniel, we also live in Babylon, awaiting its apocalyptic fall, and like Daniel’s three holy and youthful friends, we also increasingly stand face to face with Nebuchadnezzar as he demands our cultural submission to an alien ideology. . . . This then is the urgent message of the Book of Daniel. As we stand before the powers of the age and hear the demand for cultural assimilation and surrender to secularism, we must make our own the words of the three young men to the king as the furnace of fury burned before them.
Book: Acquiring the Mind of ChristBook: Acquiring the Mind of ChristFr. Archimandrite Sergius serves as the 16th Abbot of St. Tikhon’s Monastery. He teaches at St. Tikhon’s Seminary and has traveled extensively for the Monastery and Seminary giving talks and retreats.
Book: Ages of the Spiritual Life, by Paul EvdokimovBook: Ages of the Spiritual Life, by Paul EvdokimovPaul Evdokimov (1902-1970) was a professor at St Sergius Theological Institute in Paris, Director of the Center of Orthodox Studies and served as the Director of the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Geneva. He has been appropriately called a theological bridge between East and West because he brings patristic insights to bear upon modern situations.
Book: Alexander Schmorell: Saint of the German ResistanceBook: Alexander Schmorell: Saint of the German ResistanceAs Alexander languished in prison, his inner peace unfolded further, contrasting sharply with the mood expressed in letters he had written during the winter prior to his arrest, complaining that “bleakness and sadness have become my constant companions,” and that “dreadful disquiet is the prevailing characteristic of my life,” with no respite of calm. 

--from the book


Book: An Introduction to God: Encountering the Divine in Orthodox ChristianityBook: An Introduction to God: Encountering the Divine in Orthodox ChristianityFr. Andrew Damick has written a beautiful, humble, and profound book on the mystery of God’s love for mankind. It is beautiful because the author is introducing the reader to the Beautiful One. It is humble because Fr. Andrew has no interest in conveying his own ideas or philosophies—only the True Faith as passed down from Christ and His Apostles from generation to generation. It is profound because it is a clear and prayerful exposition of pristine Christianity. 
Book: Ascent to the Summit: The Life and Martyric Death of Fr. Igor RozinBook: Ascent to the Summit: The Life and Martyric Death of Fr. Igor RozinIn the words of Tertullian, "The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church." In 2001, another martyr for the Orthodox Christian Faith took his place among that cloud of witnesses: Priest Igor Rozin of Russia's predominantly Muslim Kabardino-Balkar Republic, located in the northern Caucasus Mountains. An alpine rescuer who saved those lost in the mountains, he was baptized at the age of 36, ordained to the priesthood at 42, and martyred by a Muslim extremist at 44. During his brief life as a pastor, he attained his true calling: the rescue of souls lost in the moral wastelands of modern society. His life was one of total self-sacrifice for the sake of those around him, whether Christian or Muslim. Translated from Russian sources, this is the touching story of a man who lived to the fullest the Gospel teaching: Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his
Book: Ascetic Discourses of Abba IsaiahBook: Ascetic Discourses of Abba Isaiah
The illuminating introduction to the translation of these twenty-nine monastic discourses written in the mid-fifth century explores scholarly issues . . . this volume is a model for showing how to make a book user-friendly . . . Until this translation appeared, we had only a bit of Abba Isaiah in English (in the translation of the Philokalia), so this work is a welcome addition, made all the more welcome because of the readable translation and useful apparatus.
Cistercian Studies Quarterly
Book: Becoming Human: Meditations on Christian AnthropologyBook: Becoming Human: Meditations on Christian Anthropology
By Fr John Behr. Small, hardbound with 41 color plates. Rich theological food for meditation. Small enough to fit inside a purse. Excellent Christmas gift.

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