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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: 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: Basic Orthodoxy: Key Words of the Faith, by Fr. Anthony ConiarisBook: Basic Orthodoxy: Key Words of the Faith, by Fr. Anthony ConiarisVolume 1
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: 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: 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: Celebration of Faith: I Believe, by Fr. Alexander SchmemannBook: Celebration of Faith: I Believe, by Fr. Alexander SchmemannThe book is a transcript of Radio Liberty broadcasts pumped into communist Russia during the Cold War. Fr. Alexander knew his audience: atheists, agnostics and those clinging to what remained of a brutally persecuted Christian Church. This book, while outlining and explaining the Creed --the common symbol of faith for all Christians-- begins with the question: what is belief? It is here that Fr. Alexander shines with his simple and direct answers targeting his main audience. Highly recommended.

--from the Amazon review


Book: Christ in Eastern Christian ThoughtBook: Christ in Eastern Christian ThoughtMeyendorff does a great job in surveying the various strands of Byzantine Christology. He unites them under the idea of man's being made to participate in the life of God. This requires a Christology to match, so we see an emphasis on the Logos taking to himself human flesh and deifying, which flesh then becomes the divine life for all of humanity. Some of the figures surveyed shed light on the Christology, but in many ways more importantly, the metaphysics of Byzantine Christianity.
Book: Christ's Comfort for Those Who SorrowBook: Christ's Comfort for Those Who SorrowFr. Anthony Coniaris shares beautiful vignettes to enlighten our understanding and bring peace to those who face loss.
Book: Christ, Our Way and Our Life, by Archimandrite ZachariasBook: Christ, Our Way and Our Life, by Archimandrite ZachariasArchimandrite 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: Church, World, Mission, by Fr. Alexander SchmemannBook: Church, World, Mission, by Fr. Alexander SchmemannFather Alexander Schmemann was a prolific writer, brilliant lecturer, and dedicated pastor. Former dean and professor of liturgical theology at St Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary, he passed away in 1983 at the age of sixty-two. Father Alexander Schmemann’'s insight into contemporary culture, church life, and liturgical celebration left an indelible mark on the Chrisitian community worldwide.
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: Consoler of Suffering Hearts: The Life, Counsels, and Miracles of Eldress Rachel, Visionary of RussiaBook: Consoler of Suffering Hearts: The Life, Counsels, and Miracles of Eldress Rachel, Visionary of Russia

“We present here for the first time in the English language the life of a heroic saint, Eldress Rachel of Borodino Monastery, who lived almost in our own time—she reposed in 1928. We received several years ago from Russia the original manuscript, written a few years after her death by a pious archpriest who venerated her greatly. We were deeply moved by it and wanted very much to publish her life and miracles. [...]Mother Rachel lived into the horrible, Godless, communist times and guided many souls through the inhumanity and cruelty inflicted upon them by the communist regime. She truly fulfilled in part the prophecy of the holy Evangelist John, And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes (Rev. 21:4). The death, sorrow, crying and pain of all who flocked to her she took upon hers

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: Defeating Sin: Overcoming Our Passions and Changing ForeverBook: Defeating Sin: Overcoming Our Passions and Changing Forever

“May you, reader, be blessed and enlightened and encouraged in your struggle by the wisdom contained in this book, to the glory of the All-Holy Trinity and the salvation of your soul.”

—Bishop Basil of Wichita and Mid-America (Antiochian Archdiocese)

“This book will be marked up and well-worn by those who own it and no doubt shared with other Christians who long for a well of renewal and blessed retreat.”

—Very Rev. Dr Chad Hatfield, President of St Vladimir’s Seminary

Book: Dimitri's Cross: The Life and Letters of St. Dimitri Klepinin, Martyred during the HolocaustBook: Dimitri's Cross: The Life and Letters of St. Dimitri Klepinin, Martyred during the Holocaust... a story of a man whose entire life was founded on love for his God, his faith, his family, his people, and all those who came to him for help.
Book: Dorotheos of Gaza, Discourses & SayingsBook: Dorotheos of Gaza, Discourses & SayingsEssential reading for any Christian who desires to profit spiritually from the wisdom of the desert fathers.
Book: Ecclesial Being: Contributions to Theological Dialogue, by Constantine B. ScouterisBook: Ecclesial Being: Contributions to Theological Dialogue, by Constantine B. Scouteris
In 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.
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