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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: Father Arseny: Priest, Prisoner, Spiritual FatherBook: Father Arseny: Priest, Prisoner, Spiritual FatherEmerging from the context of the particular tragedies of Soviet Russia, this book carries a universal impact certain to be felt by readers in the West today.
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: 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: 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: Greece's DostoevskyBook: Greece's DostoevskyAlexandros Papadiamandis (Papadiamantis) (1851-1911) was the most important literary figure of nineteenth-century Greece and arguably of modern Greek literature more generally. Through his lively, tender, and profound short stories of the simple lives of the Orthodox faithful of his native island of Skiathos, Papadiamandis reveals a world of organically lived Orthodoxy, largely lost in the disintegrating order of modern life. As with Dostoevsky, Papadiamantis enjoyed close friendships with holy men of his age, such as St. Nicholas Planas. Likewise, as with Dostoevsky, he does not portray a romantic, ideal world but rather a profoundly human world of struggle that always has the possibility of transfiguration through life in Christ and His Church. 
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: How to Live a Holy LifeBook: How to Live a Holy Life

Contents:

Appeal to the Christian

How Should We Conduct Ourselves in the Morning?
How Should We Conduct Ourselves in Relation to the Lord God?
How Should We Conduct Ourselves in Relationship to Other People?
How Should We Conduct Ourselves in Some of the Most Common Situations of Life?

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: Iconostasis, by St. Pavel FlorenskyBook: Iconostasis, by St. Pavel Florensky"The wall that separates two worlds in an iconostasis. One might mean by the iconostasis the boards or the bricks or the stones. In actuality, the iconostasis is a boundary between the visible and invisible worlds, and it functions as a boundary by being an obstacle to our seeing the altar, thereby making it accessible to our consciousness by means of its unified row of saints (i.e., by its cloud of witnesses) that surround the altar where God is, the sphere where heavenly glory dwells, thus proclaiming the Mystery. Iconostasis is vision."

--from the book

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: Kindling the Divine Spark, St. Theophan the RecluseBook: Kindling the Divine Spark, St. Theophan the Recluse
The present volume by St. Theophan the Recluse examines many areas of spiritual life, including: how the heart is purified, inner suffering, spiritual zeal, how to train oneself to pray, and mystical union with the Lord. The chapters of this book are comprised of brief, self-contained, spiritually rich homilies delivered by St. Theophan to various convents within his diocese. St. Theophan had the exceptional gift of being able to encourage all, no matter where they were on the spiritual path.
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