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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: 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.

Book: Being as CommunionBook: Being as CommunionThe Author: John Zizioulas is Metropolitan of Pergamon in the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.
Book: Big in HeavenBook: Big in HeavenSometimes poignant, sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes convicting, these stories of life in an inner-city immigrant Orthodox parish are guaranteed to shake your assumptions and make you see your life and faith in a new way. They are not for the faint of heart—but they are very much for all who want to embrace the truth more fully. (Fiction for adults.)
Book: Bodily ResurrectionBook: Bodily Resurrection
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: 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 our Venerable Mother Mary of EgyptBook: Canon to our Venerable Mother Mary of Egypt
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: Catechetical Discourse of St. Gregory of NyssaBook: Catechetical Discourse of St. Gregory of Nyssa
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 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 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.
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