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Book: Feast of FaithBook: Feast of FaithArchbishop Paul, head of the Orthodox Church in Finland from 1969 to 1987, is well known for his popular explanation of Orthodoxy in The Faith We Hold, which itself originated as a pastoral letter. In the present work, he bears witness to the remarkable Eucharistic revival which has taken place in Finland. Using simple, accessible language, he guides the faithful towards a deeper understanding of the rites and prayers of the liturgy, and thus towards a more fruitful participation in the Banquet of the Kingdom.
Book: For the Life of the World: Sacraments and OrthodoxyBook: For the Life of the World: Sacraments and OrthodoxyFATHER ALEXANDER SCHMEMANN was a prolific writer, brilliant lecturer, and dedicated pastor. Former dean and professor of liturgical theology at St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, his insight into contemporary culture and liturgical celebration left an indelible mark on the Christian community worldwide.
Book: For the Sick and the SufferingBook: For the Sick and the Suffering

For the Sick and the Suffering: Prayers and Meditation

Book: Formation and Struggles: The Birth of the Church AD 33-200Book: Formation and Struggles: The Birth of the Church AD 33-200

THE CHURCH IN HISTORY SERIES, VOLUME I, PART 1

THE CHURCH IN HISTORY SERIES of St Vladimir's Seminary Press balances the approaches of the abundance of church histories written from a Western Christian point of view. Series authors--in the unique position of being Orthodox scholars conversant with Western scholarship--have taken on the task of analyzing complicated primary sources and thoroughly critiquing modern scholarly literature to guide readers through the maze of centuries of church formation and life.

Book: Four Great SaintsBook: Four Great Saints

Four Great Saints: Four Great Fathers: Saint Paisius the Great,Saint Pachomius the Great, Saint Euthymius the Great, and Saint Theodosius


A translation from the "Great Synaxaristes" (Athens 1978) of four lives of great desert saints of the fourth and fifth centuries. The material presented on each saint is in sufficient depth to allow the reader to become more familiar with each of the saints, to learn from their wisdom and be challenged by their actions.
Book: From Darkness to Light: How One Became a Christian in the Early ChurchBook: From Darkness to Light: How One Became a Christian in the Early ChurchHow the early Church prepared catechumens for Christian baptism. Compiled from original source writings of the Church Fathers.
Book: Go Forth! Stories of Mission and Resurrection in AlbaniaBook: Go Forth! Stories of Mission and Resurrection in AlbaniaIn these, Fr. Luke shares stories of those years—stories of desperate poverty and of heroism, of setbacks and triumphs, of heartbreak and miracles—and calls us all to answer the Lord’s Great Commission: Go Forth!
Book: God Speaks from the CrossBook: God Speaks from the CrossBy Fr. Anthony Coniaris.
Book: God With Us: Critical Issues in Christian Life and FaithBook: God With Us: Critical Issues in Christian Life and FaithThe Very Rev. John Breck was Professor of New Testament and Ethics at St Vladimir's Seminary from 1984 to 1996. He is presently Professor of Biblical Interpretation and Ethics at St Sergius Theological Institute, Paris, France, and with his wife, Lyn, directs the St Silouan Retreat Center near Charleston, SC.
Book: Great Lent: Journey to PaschaBook: Great Lent: Journey to PaschaFather Alexander Schmemann was a prolific writer, brilliant lecturer, and dedicated pastor. Former dean and professor of liturgical theology at St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, his insight into contemporary culture and liturgical celebration left an indelible mark on the Christian community worldwide.
Book: Harp of Glory: An African AkathistBook: Harp of Glory: An African Akathist

Harp of Glory, Enzira Sebhat: An Alphabetical Hymn of Praise for the Ever-Blessed Virgin Mary from the Ethiopian Orthodox Church

Popular Patristics Series Volume 39

Book: Hear Me: A Prayer Book for Orthodox Teens.Book: Hear Me: A Prayer Book for Orthodox Teens.Compiled by Annalisa Boyd. An excellent and practical resource for an Orthodox teen facing the unique challenges of today's culture.
Book: His Life is Mine, by Elder SophronyBook: His Life is Mine, by Elder SophronyArchimandrite Sophrony, an outstanding Christian ascetic, monk, and mystic of the twentieth century, studied at the Orthodox Theological Institute in Paris. He lived as a monk on Mount Athos in the Russian Monastery of St Panteleimon and spent his final years at the Monastery of St. John the Baptist, Essex, United Kingdom.
Book: Hymn of Entry, by Archimandrite VasileiosBook: Hymn of Entry, by Archimandrite Vasileios

Bishop Kallistos (Ware) states in his foreword:

[Hymn of Entry] offers nothing less than a fresh vision of theology, the church and the world, a vision that is both original and yet genuinely traditional. The quality that characterizes this remarkable book is above all a sense of wholeness. The unity of the divine and human in the incarnate Christ, the unity of heaven and earth in the Divine Liturgy, the unity between theology and spirituality, between theology and life - such are the author's master-themes.
Book: I Know a Man in Christ: Elder Sophrony the Hesychast and TheologianBook: I Know a Man in Christ: Elder Sophrony the Hesychast and TheologianThe subjects covered reflect both Father Sophrony’s and the author’s personal and pastoral concerns and include prayer (particularly the Jesus Prayer); monasticism and obedience; priesthood and the temptations it brings; giving spiritual guidance; the problems facing those who become Orthodox; and family life. The discussions also shed light on theological issues close to the Elder’s heart. 
Book: I Love, Therefore I AmBook: I Love, Therefore I AmAbout the Author: Hieromonk Nikolai Sakharov holds a Ph.D. in theology from Oxford University and is the grand nephew of Archimandrite Sophrony. He is a member of the Monastery of St John the Baptist, Essex, United Kingdom.
Book: If You Love Me: Serving Christ and the Church in Spirit and TruthBook: If You Love Me: Serving Christ and the Church in Spirit and TruthAbout the Author: Known in the West as Matthew the Poor, Abba Matta is widely regarded as the greatest Egyptian elder since St. Antony the Great. He produced a huge and varied body of work in Arabic, only a little of which has been translated into English. In addition, a great many of his informal talks to monks and visitors were recorded. He had a marvelous ability to communicate the deepest spiritual truths in the simplest and most practical language, making them accessible to laypeople as well as monastics. He speaks to the heart rather than the head, gently exhorting the reader to pursue a deeper life in Christ.
Book: In the Image and Likeness of God, by Vladimir LosskyBook: In the Image and Likeness of God, by Vladimir LosskyI can wholeheartedly recommend this for anyone that is interested in Orthodox theology, whether the advanced inquirer or someone looking to deepen their understanding of the faith they have held for all their lives. Lossky will not fail to enlighten!

--from the Goodreads review


Book: Instructions and Teachings for the American Orthodox Faithful, by St. TikhonBook: Instructions and Teachings for the American Orthodox Faithful, by St. Tikhon

“These words and sermons represent in a way the archpastoral diary of Vladyka, in which the main aspects in the life of the American Orthodox Church that the Archpastor paid attention to are indicated. Re-reading these “Instructions and Teachings” of His Holiness to the American flock, the pastors and those in their care, the reader involuntarily is present amidst the flow of life in the American Church, enters the many-sidedness of its parts, recalls its distant past, contemplates what was contemporary for the hierarch, and detects similarities or differences between what took place then and what exists in its present life.” 

Book: Know the Faith: A Handbook for Orthodox Christians and InquirersBook: Know the Faith: A Handbook for Orthodox Christians and Inquirers
I'm always on the lookout for the most helpful book for the many inquirers into Orthodox Christianity that come through my church's door. Fr. Michael's new book is an excellent resource in that it is creative, Biblical, Orthodox, well-argued, and a joy to read. If you take the Bible seriously, are interested in Orthodoxy and how it compares to other Christian groups, you need this book.
-Fr. Noah Bushelli, Pastor, St. Philip Orthodox Church, Souderton, PA
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