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Book: Letters of Spiritual Direction, by Elder Macarius of OptinaBook: Letters of Spiritual Direction, by Elder Macarius of OptinaPaperback, 115 pages. Published by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press.
Book: Letters to a Beginner: On Giving One's Life to GodBook: Letters to a Beginner: On Giving One's Life to God
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. 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 as a Path to Holiness: Lives of Married SaintsBook: Marriage as a Path to Holiness: Lives of Married SaintsDrawing on that rich but often neglected source, the Lives of the Saints, this book provides us with a representative selection of models, of icons in words, to encourage us on our own journey to the kingdom, whether we are married or not...
Book: Marriage: An Orthodox PerspectiveBook: Marriage: An Orthodox Perspective
It is impossible to understand either the New Testament doctrine on marriage, or the very consistent practice of the Orthodox Church without seeing Christian marriage in the context of the Eucharist... The very notion of marriage as a sacrament presupposed that a man is not only a being with physiological, psychological, and social functions, but that he is a citizen of God's Kingdom, i.e., that his entire life, and especially its most decisive moments, involve eternal values and God Himself.

John Meyendorff, 

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 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 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: One Flesh: Salvation through Marriage in the Orthodox ChurchBook: One Flesh: Salvation through Marriage in the Orthodox ChurchAbout the Author: Archpriest Lawrence Farley is the pastor of St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church (OCA) in Langley, B.C., Canada. He received his B.A. from Trinity College, Toronto, and his M.Div. from Wycliffe College, Toronto. A former Anglican priest, he converted to Orthodoxy in 1985 and studied for two years at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary in Pennsylvania. In addition to the Orthodox Bible Companion Series, he has also published Let Us Attend, The Christian Old Testament, Following Egeria, A Daily Calendar of Saints, and many more titles.
Book: Orthodox Christianity, by Metropolitan HilarionBook: Orthodox Christianity, by Metropolitan HilarionAlfeyev carefully connects the dots---showing how theology is based on liturgy and art (including icons, singing, and architecture); ascetic practice and personal piety arise from theology; both, in turn, shape the moral and social teachings of the church concerning other confessions, religions, and the outside world. 350 pages, softcover.
Book: Orthodox Dogmatic TheologyBook: Orthodox Dogmatic Theology
Book: Orthodox Feasts of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, by Hugh WybrewBook: Orthodox Feasts of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, by Hugh WybrewHugh Wybrew is an Anglican priest who has studied Orthodoxy for many years. He is Vicar of St Mary Magdalen, Oxford. He was previously Dean of St George's Anglican Cathedral in Jerusalem, where he was in close contact with Eastern churches. He is also the author of Introduction to the Orthodox Liturgy(SVS Press, 19
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