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Book: Let Us Attend, A Journey through the Orthodox Divine LiturgyBook: Let Us Attend, A Journey through the Orthodox Divine Liturgyby Archpriest Lawrence Farley. 100 pages. Conciliar Press. Gain a fuller understanding of the Orthodox Liturgy; sink deeper into the experience of worshipping the All-Holy and Life-giving Trinity. 
Book: Letters from the DesertBook: Letters from the DesertIn the East, one sought out an elder, an Old Man (a geron in Greek or an abba, the Coptic word) as a spiritual director, and this was the chief role of monastic community to the surrounding community. These letters of the two Old Men were written to hermits, to monks in the community, to those in the choir, to priests, and to lay persons. Some were intended for advanced instruction, while others were intended for novices, according to the capacity of the inquirer.
Book: Letters to a Beginner: On Giving One's Life to God, by Abbess Thaisia of LeushinoBook: Letters to a Beginner: On Giving One's Life to God, by Abbess Thaisia of Leushino
Although these letters of Abbess Thaisia (+1915) were written for monastics, the spiritual principles in them can be applied, with discernment, to the lives of all Christian strugglers-- both monastic and lay-- leading them into closer communion with God through a deepened experience of prayer, an advancement in virtue, and a more diligent practice of the commandments of Christ.
Book: Little Russian Philokalia, Vol. V: St. Theodore of SanaxarBook: Little Russian Philokalia, Vol. V: St. Theodore of Sanaxar The fifth volume of the LITTLE RUSSIAN PHILOKALIA Series is dedicated to a remarkable Holy Father central to the spiritual blossoming of 19th-century Russia. Contained in this book are: the Life of the Elder, his spiritual counsels to the monks and nuns under his direction, a number of his letters, the monastic rule of Sanaxar Monastery, and a first-hand account of his canonization.
Book: Little Russian Philokalia: Vol. I: St. SeraphimBook: Little Russian Philokalia: Vol. I: St. Seraphim
This "Little Russian Philokalia" is a new collection of ascetic texts drawn from Russian sources, chiefly of the 18th through 20th centuries. The first volume is devoted to St. Seraphim of Sarov (1756-1833), one of Russia's best loved saints, a heavenly man overflowing with Christ-like love, to whom the mysteries of the other world were open. His amazing and supernatural conversation with Motovilov is included in this volume.
Book: Liturgy and Tradition: The Theological Reflections of Alexander SchmemannBook: Liturgy and Tradition: The Theological Reflections of Alexander SchmemannFather Alexander Schmemann (+ 1983) 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: Living Without Hypocrisy: Spiritual Counsels of the Holy Elders of OptinaBook: Living Without Hypocrisy: Spiritual Counsels of the Holy Elders of OptinaThis collection of sayings from the Holy Elders of Optina Monastery is newly translated by Archimandrite George of Holy Trinity Monastery. These brief and powerful instructions on the spiritual life are comparable to the sayings of the Desert Fathers, whose spirit and way of life the Optina Elders truly shared. The book provides an excellent source of spiritual nourishment for Orthodox Christians of all walks of life and all levels of spiritual experience. It may also serve as a powerful introduction to Orthodox spirituality for those who have but newly encountered the fullness of the Apostolic Faith.
Book: Man and the God-ManBook: Man and the God-ManThe treasure to be found in this anthology of neopatristic syntheses consists of:
"Perfect God and perfect man" - Nativity Epistle, where Fr Justin boldly exclaims that "man is only a true man when he is completely united with God, only and solely in God is man a man, true man, perfect man, a man in whom all the fullness of Godhead lives."
"The God-man" - The foundation of the Truth of Orthodoxy - Ava Justinian's language of love in Christ-centered reflections of Truth
"The Supreme Value and Infallible Criterion"- contemporary philosophical reflections on visible and invisible realities
"Sentenced to Immortality" - a homily on the Resurrection or Our Lord Jesus Christ
"Humanistic and Theanthropic Culture"-criticism of European anti-Christian culture
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Book: Man, the Target of GodBook: Man, the Target of God

The Very Reverend Dr. Zacharias Zacharou is a disciple of Elder Sophrony and a member of the Monastery of Saint John the Baptist, Essex, England.

Of Greek Cypriot heritage, Fr Zacharias is the official translator of Elder Sophrony&r

Book: Marriage and Virginity according to St. John ChrysostomBook: Marriage and Virginity according to St. John ChrysostomSaint John Chrysostom still speaks, today even louder than in the fourth century. Not all will wish to hear him, as not all wished to hear him then.... But those who have humility will find in him an able instructor, and will find a place of confidence in these confusing times. He radiates amidst the Holy Fathers of the Church as the great defender and sanctifier of the Christian home and city. Adherence to his teaching has produced innumerable saints in the Church, spiritually born both in the monastery and in the Christian home, and is capable of producing the same today. 

from the Afterword by Fr. Josiah Trenham
Book: Mary, the Untrodden Portal of GodBook: Mary, the Untrodden Portal of GodThis is a treatise of a grand theme by a renowned and respected Orthodox theologian and writer. Dr. George S. Gabriel joins together powerful theological contemplation and meticulous writing in this well-researched study of a primary mystery of ancient Christian faith: the unspeakable mystery of Mary who, offering herself as the ground where the Creator descended to meet His creation, mothered God in human flesh.
Book: May God Give You Wisdom! The Letters of Fr. John KrestiankinBook: May God Give You Wisdom! The Letters of Fr. John KrestiankinТhe memory of Fr. John Krestiankin will long be lovingly preserved and revered not only by the Orthodox faithful in Russia, but by Russian secular history as well. Always deeply true to his calling as a pastor, he never sought such fame, but rather was sought out by thousands of souls seeking the love of God and the sober truth about Christian life and salvation. The vast majority of those who remember him perhaps received only a few words and his blessing, but for many this blessing was enough to initiate a grace-filled change in their lives. The assurance of God’s Providence for them often came to them only years after their fortunate contact with this extraordinary man.
Book: Mission in Christ's Way, by Archbishop AnastasiosBook: Mission in Christ's Way, by Archbishop AnastasiosThere are some persons, who by virtue of their faithful and effective leadership, transcend their particular church community to become leaders for all Christians.Archbishop Anastasios Yannoulatos is such a figure. This collections of his essays deserves to be read by all Christians who care about the theology and practice of mission. All readers will surely be challenged by the Archbishop's vision of mission "in Christ's way."
Book: New and Old in God's RevelationBook: New and Old in God's RevelationA synthesis of doctrine, spirituality, and biblical scholarship applied to the similarities and differences between old and new revelation in the Bible.
Book: No Faith is More Beautiful than the Christian FaithBook: No Faith is More Beautiful than the Christian FaithPenned by Bishop Danilo and Hieromonk Amfilohije, originally published in Serbian (in 1986) and now available in English for the first time, this Catechism book is a great introduction into the basic evangelical teachings of the Orthodox faith and life. The authors of this publication are offering this simple but existential gift to all. This slim book explores the mystery of faith in Old and New Testament. 
Book: On Ascetical Life, by Saint Isaac the SyrianBook: On Ascetical Life, by Saint Isaac the SyrianA good low-budget introduction to Saint Isaac, On Ascetical Life contains the first ten homilies.
Book: On Earth We're Just Learning How to LiveBook: On Earth We're Just Learning How to LiveAn enthralling first-person glimpse into the Russia of the Lives of the Saints -- still alive today.
Book: On Prayer, by Elder SophronyBook: On Prayer, by Elder SophronyA collection of articles on prayer and the spiritual life, together with some of the author's own prayers. A moving testimony to the relevance of Christ, who, for Archimandrite Sophrony, is "all, and in all, the beginning and the ending" of all things (cf. Col 3:11; Rev 1:8).
Book: On the Edge of the World, by Nikolai LeskovBook: On the Edge of the World, by Nikolai LeskovBased on a true story of an early Russian missionary bishop's trip to the far reaches of Eastern Siberia, Nicolai Leskov (1831-1895), the master of the Russian short story, delights the reader with a tale of adventure and substance. Leskov, the Russian equivalent of the American Mark Twain, is a powerful storyteller, utilizing language and acute characterizations to weave an unforgettable tale.
Book: On the Incarnation, by Saint AthanasiusBook: On the Incarnation, by Saint AthanasiusOn the Incarnation contains the reflections of Athanasius of Alexandria, upon the subjects of Christ, His purpose on Earth, and the nature of the Holy Spirit. 

This work was composed partly to explain Athanasius's thoughts on Jesus Christ and the nature of the Holy Spirit, and partly to refute the views of Arius, a rival deacon within the Egypti
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