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We hope you enjoy the offerings of our 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. Online payments are accepted through Paypal only. Thank you for visiting us!

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Added recently: Lavender Oil
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!
Added recently: Lavender SachetsExcellent for purses, linen closets, drawers or any place that could use the beautifully fresh scent of lavender.
Added recently: Trio of Lavender Sachets
Three sachets are better than one...especially when discounted!
Book: A Spiritual Psalter, by St. Ephraim the SyrianA Spiritual Psalter, or Reflections on God, excerpted by Bishop Theophan the Recluse from the works of our Holy Father Ephraim the Syrian.
Book: A Wonderful Revelation to the World: A Conversation of Saint Seraphim of Sarov with N.A. Motovilov"Like a flash of lightning this wonderful conversation illumined the whole world which was already immersed in spiritual lethargy and death less than a century before the struggle against Christianity in Russia and at a time when Christian faith was at a low ebb in the West. Here God's Saint (Seraphim) appears before us in no way inferior to the prophets through whom the Holy Spirit Himself spoke. We record everything word for word without any interpretations of our own."
Book: Avvakum the Barefoot, by Monk Theodoretos the HagioriteMonk Theodoretos reveals to us the life of the saintly elder, Elder Avvakum of Mt Athos, who was for his fellow monastics and scores of pilgrims a symbol and example of Christian asceticism, simplicity and love.
Book: Becoming Human: Meditations on Christian AnthropologyBy Fr John Behr. Small, hardbound with 41 color plates. Rich theological food for meditation. Small enough to fit inside a purse. Excellent Christmas gift.

Book: Born to Hate Reborn to LoveBy Klaus Kenneth. This is a story for our generation--  a true story that brings comfort, reassurance and hope to a world immersed in confusion, rejection and despair.
Book: Crazy John, by Dionysios A. MakrisThe testimony of a miraculous life of a contemporary Fool-for-Christ living in the midst of the turmoil of our times is an inspiring confirmation that sanctity is attainable even today to all walks of life, and that Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever.
Book: Daily Readings with St. Isaac of Syria"St Isaac of Syria is acknowledged as one of the greatest spiritual writers in the Eastern orthodox tradition. His combination of penetrating insight and deeply felt compassion has appealed to generations of readers in the past. Now that he appears in an acessible English version, I believe that he will find a multitude of new readers." -- Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh.
Book: Ecclesial Being: Contributions to Theological Dialogue, by Constantine B. ScouterisIn his Ecclesial Being, Professor Constantine Scouteris focuses most ably on the mystery of the human person in the context of the conciliarity of the Church. Dr Scouteris is Professor of Theology in the University of Athens and Adjunct Professor at the Theological School of the University of Balamand, Lebanon.
Book: Hidden and Triumphant: The True Story of Russian Icons and Iconographers in the 20th CenturyDuring the darkest years of the Soviet Union, iconographers kept alive one of Russia's brightest lights-- the icon. Irina Yazykova tells the dramatic and beautiful story of the survival of icons and iconography during this period.
Book: Kindling the Divine Spark, St. Theophan the RecluseThe present volume by St. Theophan the Recluse examines many areas of spiritual life, including: how the heart is purified, inner suffering, spiritual zeal, how to train oneself to pray, and mystical union with the Lord. The chapters of this book are comprised of brief, self-contained, spiritually rich homilies delivered by St. Theophan to various convents within his diocese. St. Theophan had the exceptional gift of being able to encourage all, no matter where they were on the spiritual path.
Book: Lent! Wonderful Lent! by Debra SancerExcellent children's book explaining the meaning of Great Lent and each Sunday of Orthodox Lent. Written by Debra Sancer. Illustrated by Amy Stokes.
Book: Letters to a Beginner: On Giving One's Life to God, by Abbess Thaisia of LeushinoAlthough these letters of Abbess Thaisia (+1915) were written for monastics, the spiritual principles in them can be applied, with discernment, to the lives of all Christian strugglers-- both monastic and lay-- leading them into closer communion with God through a deepened experience of prayer, an advancement in virtue, and a more diligent practice of the commandments of Christ.
Book: Little Russian Philokalia, Vol. II: Abbot NazariusHere are contained the otherworldy yet practical counsels of our spiritual forefather, showing us the way of repentance, inward purification, and salvation in Christ. Published by St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood.
Book: Orthodox Alaska: A Theology of Mission, by Michael OleksaIn 1794, the first Orthodox missionary monks arrived at Kodiak to fond what they believed would be an indigenous Orthodox Church in the New World. They recognized as integral to their mission the defense of Native people who were being abused, exploited and enslaved by an unjust regime. The mission understood its function in cosmic terms: to sanctify, here and now, this land, these people, and bring them to the unity-in-love which is the goal of authentic Christian mission.
Book: Orthodox Spirituality: A Practical Guide for the Faithful and A Definitive Manual for the Scholar, Fr. Dimitru StaniloaeThis is a most definitive work on Orthodox spirituality, written by one of the most knowledgeable Orthodox theologians, known worldwide for his erudite scholarship as well as his extreme humility. This work will remain a classic.
Book: Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy: Exploring Belief Systems through the Lens of the Ancient Christian FaithFr. Andrew Stephen Damick covers the gamut of ancient heresies, modern Christian denominations, fringe groups, and major world religions, highlighting the main points of each faith.
Book: Our Thoughts Determine our Lives. The Life and Teachings of Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica.A recent release from St. Herman Press. 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 Elder. 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.
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