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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: 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: 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 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 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: 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: 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.
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