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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Akathist to Jesus Christ for a Loved One who has Fallen AsleepAkathist to Jesus Christ for a Loved One who has Fallen AsleepJesus, All-merciful Judge, vouchsafe Thy servant (handmaiden) "Name" the sweetness of Paradise. 
Akathist to Jesus, Light to Those in DarknessAkathist to Jesus, Light to Those in Darkness
Akathist to Matushka OlgaAkathist to Matushka OlgaOur God who makes the moving curtain of the northern lights made you as a living light, shining in the far north and lighting up the desolate with His great beauty. Beholding this radiance, we your children lift up our voices and sing:  Rejoice, Matushka Olga, healer of the abused and broken!
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!
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 NunsBook: A Collection of Letters to NunsOriginally 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 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 Patristic Treasury: Early Church Wisdom for TodayBook: A Patristic Treasury: Early Church Wisdom for TodayJames R. Payton, Jr., is Professor of History at Redeemer University College (Ancaster, Ontario), where he teaches Eastern European history, Orthodoxy, and Patristics. He taught a course on Orthodoxy in Osijek, Croatia, and gave presentations on Orthodoxy and its role in the 21st century in Ukraine, Russia, England, and North America; several of these presentations have appeared as articles in scholarly journals or chapters in books. Dr. Payton taught a patristics course in Zagreb, Croatia, and presented conference papers on Maximus Confessor and John of Damascus (both published in scholarly journals). He also published articles on Gregory of Nyssa and Irenaeus. He authored Light from the Christian East: An Introduction to the Orthodox Tradition (2007) and Irenaeus on the Christian Faith (2011).
Book: A Small Book of NeedsBook: A Small Book of Needs

This revised reprint  is an abridged version of the 4-volume Great Book of Needs set, small enough to fit in your pocket. It contains many essential prayers that take place often outside the Church building. This edition includes a more readable typeface with two bookmark. The sections of the book are:

Part 1: Childbirth
Part 2: Prayers for the Sick
Part 3: Confession and Repentance
Part 4: Prayers at the Time of Death

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: 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: Asian Fusion Lenten CuisineBook: Asian Fusion Lenten CuisineChef Kimmy Tang is the author of the very first Asian – Fusion Lenten Cuisine cookbook. Does this sound intriguing? Let your taste buds do the talking.
Book: At the Ringing of the Bells: The Paschal Martyrs of OptinaBook: At the Ringing of the Bells: The Paschal Martyrs of OptinaOn Pascha of 1993, three young monks of the famous Optina Hermitage - Hieromonk Vasily, Monk Therapont, and Monk Trophim - were brutally murdered by a satanist. These men lived in our world. They went to public schools and universities. They faced the same kinds of temptations and struggles that modern people face. Yet, their saintly lives show that their martyric death was a special gift to them from the Lord, and that it is possible to dedicate one's entire life to God and become a saint in the 21st century.

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Book: Bearing God: The Life and Works of St. IgnatiusBook: Bearing God: The Life and Works of St. Ignatius
Book: Becoming Fire: Through the Year with the Desert Fathers and MothersBook: Becoming Fire: Through the Year with the Desert Fathers and MothersThe insights of the desert monks of the fifth and sixth centuries amaze, and startle, readers by their wisdom. Among other things, they teach "that the first step in overcoming our sinfulness is an honest perception of things as they are." By arranging these "words" in short daily readings, Tim Vivian invites modern readers to savor the monks' advice, as did those who collected these sayings, rather than dismiss them as a fascinating but irrelevant bit of history.
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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