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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!


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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: Bearing God: The Life and Works of St. IgnatiusBook: Bearing God: The Life and Works of St. Ignatius
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.

Book: Being as CommunionBook: Being as CommunionThe Author: John Zizioulas is Metropolitan of Pergamon in the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.
Book: Being BreadBook: Being Bread
The kind of book Orthodox Christians long for who want uplifiting devotional reading for today....filled with stories grounded in an Orthodox understanding of what life fully lived in Christ looks like. By offering us twenty-five morsels of being bread, Dr. Muse teaches us how to become bread, to be fully human in Christ. You can read the book fairly quickly for the delightful collection of stories it is, or you can stop and chew each one slowly...I recommend the book that way. It's much better the second time. InCommunion
Here is a book rich with insight into being able to see the extraordinary in the ordinary, the sacramental and therefore relational nature of everyone and everything -- and the consequences of this vision for how we ought to live as believers.  Fr. Steven Tsichlis, St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church, Irvine, CA
Book: Born to Hate, Reborn to LoveBook: Born to Hate, Reborn to Love
By 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: Bread & Water, Wine & Oil: An Orthodox Christian Experience of GodBook: Bread & Water, Wine & Oil: An Orthodox Christian Experience of GodAbout the Author: Archimandrite Meletios Webber is an Orthodox priest. He was received into the Orthodox Church by Bishop Kallistos Ware in 1971. He was educated at Dulwich College and Oxford University, and has a doctorate in psychological counseling. Fr. Meletios has served the Orthodox Church in Greece, Great Britain, Montana, and California. He is the author of Steps of Transformation.
Book: Building an Orthodox MarriageBook: Building an Orthodox Marriage

Building an Orthodox Marriage: A Practical Commentary on the Eastern Orthodox Marriage Rite

Book: Cancer, My LoveBook: Cancer, My Love[Mioara] 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.
Book: Canon to the Lord for a Sick Child, by Elder CleopaBook: Canon to the Lord for a Sick Child, by Elder CleopaO Lord, show the power of Thy mercy!

O Lord, Thou Who arranges all for the salvation of mankind, receive my humble prayer for this child [Name] who is being tried by illness and heal him (her), for Thou dost know his (her) sufferings. Permit him (her) not to suffer, O Lord, but raise him (her) quickly from this illness, for Thou art good and the Lover of mankind.
Book: Children in the Church Today: An Orthodox PerspectiveBook: Children in the Church Today: An Orthodox PerspectiveSister Magdalen's major emphasis is that "if children are conceived, born, and brought up surrounded by prayer and love, they will grow up as spiritual persons and thus fulfill their human vocation."
Book: Christ in His SaintsBook: Christ in His SaintsThese men and women represent that ancient family into which, by baptism, all believers have been incorporated. Together they comprise that great "cloud of witnesses" cheering us on and inspiring us through word and deed.
Book: Christ the Conqueror of HellBook: Christ the Conqueror of HellMetropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev), Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, is well known throughout the Orthodox Church as a leading theologian, writer, and musical composer. He holds a doctorate in Philosophy from Oxford University and a doctorate in theology from St Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute in Paris.
Book: Christ, Our Way and Our LifeBook: Christ, Our Way and Our LifeArchimandrite Zacharias recapitulates and synthesizes both St. Silouan and his teacher, Fr. Sophrony of Essex, in a concise manner that brings the deepest aspects of our faith to any reader. Fr. Zacharias, a man of profound holiness and prayer, is truly a Holy Elder of our time and his writings are incomparably the best of our day.
Book: Coming Home, by Fr. Peter GillquistBook: Coming Home, by Fr. Peter GillquistComing Home is a collection of 18 personal stories of formerly Protestant clergy who converted to the Eastern Orthodox Church. Each person's journey to Orthodoxy is unique, yet they all have the same theme: each wanted more from his Christian worship and faith, and found his home in Orthodox Christianity. 
Book: Courage to Pray by Anthony BloomBook: Courage to Pray by Anthony Bloom"Prayer is a search for God, encounter with God, and going beyond this encounter in communion...Prayer is born of the discovery that this world has depths-- that we are not only surrounded by visible things but that we are also immersed in and penetrated by invisible things..." 
Book: Creation and the Patriarchal HistoriesBook: Creation and the Patriarchal Histories
Book: Elder Ambrose of OptinaBook: Elder Ambrose of OptinaThis edition of Elder Ambrose's life is a faithful English translation of the original Optina edition, printed in Russia in 1912. Through its pages we enter the world of a heavenly man, an angel in the flesh who beheld the mysteries of the future age: the perfect love and silent oneness of immortal spirits.
Book: Evening Worship in the Orthodox ChurchBook: Evening Worship in the Orthodox ChurchAbout the Author:  Nicholas Uspensky is Professor of Liturgy at the Leningrad Theological Academy. 
Book: Everywhere Present: Christianity in a One-Storey UniverseBook: Everywhere Present: Christianity in a One-Storey Universe
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