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We hope you enjoy the offerings of our bookstore and giftshop! Items are continuously being added, so check back frequently. Currently, the price of each item already includes shipping, handling and CA state tax (if appropriate). You will not be charged an additional fee for S&H during checkout. If you are ordering from outside the US, email us for international shipping rates. Thank you for visiting us!


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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: Life's Fiery Furnaces: God's compassionate love, strength, and peace for those who sufferBook: Life's Fiery Furnaces: God's compassionate love, strength, and peace for those who sufferChapters include:
Living Above the Circumstances of Life
What to do With Our Weaknesses
When Life Collapses
An Inhabited Darkness

Book: Little Russian Philokalia, Vol. II: Abbot NazariusBook: Little Russian Philokalia, Vol. II: Abbot Nazarius
Here are contained the otherworldly yet practical counsels of our spiritual forefather, showing us the way of repentance, inward purification, and salvation in Christ. Published by St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood.
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: 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: 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, Worthy of All PraiseBook: Mary, Worthy of All PraiseAbout the Author: Fr. David Smith and his wife, Donna, have four children and live in Utica, NY where he is the pastor of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church.
Book: Meditations for Great LentBook: Meditations for Great LentAbout the Author: Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou is a priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain. He was born in London in 1977 and holds degrees in pastoral and social theology, classics, and Byzantine music. He is the author of the Meditations Series and Thirty Steps to Heaven (Ancient Faith Publishing), as well as Journey to the Kingdom: An Insider’s Look at the Liturgy and Beliefs of the Eastern Orthodox Church (Paraclete Press) and numerous articles on Christian Orthodox faith and theology.
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: 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 Fasting and Feasts, by St. Basil the GreatBook: On Fasting and Feasts, by St. Basil the Great

SAIAH HAS taught us the grace of fasting, rejecting the Jewish manner of fasting and showing us the true fast. “Do not fast to quarrel and fight, but loose every bond of iniquity” (Is. 58.4, 6). And the Lord adds: “Do not be gloomy, but wash your face and anoint your head” (Mt. 6.16-17). So let us acquire the disposition that we have been taught, not looking gloomy on the days of fasting we are currently observing, but cheerfully disposed toward them, as is fitting for the saints. No one crowned is despondent; no one glum holds up a trophy. Do not be gloomy while you are being healed. It is absurd not to rejoice in the soul’s health, and rather to sorrow over the change in food and to appear to favor the pleasure of the stomach over the care of the soul. After all, while self-indulgence gratifies the stomach, fasting brings gain to the soul. Be cheerful since the physician has given you sin-destroying medicine. For just as worms breeding

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
Book: On the Invocation of the Name of JesusBook: On the Invocation of the Name of JesusBy A Monk of the Eastern Church, the pseudonym of Fr. Lev Gillet. For those interested in learning about the Jesus Prayer.
Book: On the Lord's PrayerBook: On the Lord's PrayerThe Popular Patristics series published by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press provides readable and accurate translations of a broad range of early Christian literature to a wide audience--from students of Christian history to lay Christians reading for spiritual benefit.
Book: On the Unity of Christ, by St. Cyril of AlexandriaBook: On the Unity of Christ, by St. Cyril of AlexandriaThis book is essential reading for all those interested in the theology and spirituality of the fathers, in the ancient church's use of scripture, and the way in which the church once creatively expressed its thinking through the media of philosophy and the natural sciences.
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