Books & Gifts

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!


Due to space limitations, we cannot list our entire (extensive!) inventory online, although we are constantly rotating books in and out. Please email us to request a complete list or call us at (805)921-1563 to ask about what you are looking for.

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Book: Sacred Meals, by John David FinleyBook: Sacred Meals, by John David Finley
A cookbook including 140+ family recipes from Fr John Finley. Lovely recipes are interspersed with personal family stories, explanations and explorations of the meal as sacred.
Book: Saint Gregory Palamas: Treatise on Spiritual LifeBook: Saint Gregory Palamas: Treatise on Spiritual LifeA seminal text by a apiritual master, St Gregory Palamas, on how to live the Christian ascetic life by fighting the passions and using personal prayer to be united to God.
Book: Saint Innocent: Apostle to AmericaBook: Saint Innocent: Apostle to AmericaIn this work, St Innocent emerges as an apt and accessible example of a dedicated bondservant of Jesus Christ.
Book: Saint Raphael HawaweenyBook: Saint Raphael HawaweenyHoly Father and Hierarch Raphael, pray to God for us!
Book: Saint Seraphim of SarovBook: Saint Seraphim of SarovMme Zander has constructed his biography from the notebooks of people who knew him, the nuns whose spiritual director he became, the people whose lives he influenced, and the clergy who sought his advice. She adds to this information her own recollections of pilgrimages to Sarov before 1917. The life of the starets is told with a touching simplicity that allows his life and work to be their own witness.
Book: Scripture Readings in Orthodox Worship, by Georges BarroisBook: Scripture Readings in Orthodox Worship, by Georges Barrois

"...a marvelous introduction to the mind of the Church. ...could well serve as fundamental material for a mini-unit in an adult education class."

Nadine Eskoff Brown, The Bookshelf

Book: Serve the Lord with GladnessBook: Serve the Lord with GladnessBy "A Monk of the Eastern Church, " the pen name of Fr. Lev Gillet.
Book: Seven Days on the Roads of FranceBook: Seven Days on the Roads of France"This is ... Lossky's record of his attempts to enlist in the French army during the German advance of 1940. That is precious enough in itself, but so much more is included -- a preface by his son, the Orthodox priest Nicholas Lossky, as well as essays by Lossky's other son (a UN interpreter) and his two daughters (one a professor, the other an Orthodox author). Each essay is well-written and places Lossky's life and work within an extraordinarily rich context."

--from the Amazon review


Book: Shepherd of SoulsBook: Shepherd of Souls

Shepherd of Souls: The Life and Teachings of Elder Cleopa, Master of Inner Prayer & Spiritual Father of Romania (1912-1998)

Book: Short Trip to the Edge: A Pilgrimage to PrayerBook: Short Trip to the Edge: A Pilgrimage to PrayerMost intriguing in Short Trip is its apprehension of beauty in terms that are both spiritual and physical. Cairns engages all of the senses in his pursuit of a life made prayer. The deep stillness that he gains from worship is “sweet” and “delicious” (161). Indeed, the poet is able to understand the psalmist’s command to “taste and see that the Lord is good” in what for him is an entirely new way.

--Englewood Review


Book: Spread the Word: Reclaiming the Apostolic Tradition of EvangelismBook: Spread the Word: Reclaiming the Apostolic Tradition of EvangelismA book on authentic evangelism according to the Orthodox tradition.
Book: St Gregory Palamas and Orthodox SpiritualityBook: St Gregory Palamas and Orthodox SpiritualityThis richly documented and lavishly illustrated study of Orthodox spirituality traces the development of "Orthodox mysticism" from the desert fathers through the patristic tradition to Byzantine hesychasm and its heritage in Russian monasticism. It shows how the work of Palamas transcends the limits of one school of spirituality and renews in its deepest essence the life of the Christian Mystery.
Book: St Macarius the SpiritbearerBook: St Macarius the SpiritbearerThese three ancient texts-The Sayings of Saint Macarius, The Virtues of Saint Macarius, and The Life of Saint Macarius of Scetis-provide insight into one of the most venerated saints of the Coptic Church and into life in the Egyptian monastic communities of the fourth century.
Book: Staretz Amvrosy, by John DunlopBook: Staretz Amvrosy, by John DunlopElder Ambrose, one of the famous Optina Elders.
Book: Studies in Eastern Chant, by Dimitri ConomosBook: Studies in Eastern Chant, by Dimitri ConomosLast copy in stock -- order now.
Book: Sun Dancing: Life in a Medieval Irish Monastery and How Celtic Spirituality Influenced the WorldBook: Sun Dancing: Life in a Medieval Irish Monastery and How Celtic Spirituality Influenced the WorldIn this remarkable feat of imagination and reconstruction Moorhouse shows how the medieval monastic community of The Great Skellig, an island off Ireland's southwest coast, worshipped and survived from 500 bc to ad 1200. The first part of the book is a fictional description of the austere life of the monks beginning with their arrival on the island, withdrawing from the world to a life of prayer, fasting, hardship, and danger. Subsequent scenes depict aspects of Celtic spirituality, a dangerous Viking raid, and spiritual crises. Finally, the abbot and his aging disciples abandon the island following a severe storm. The second part is a collection of short essays describing the many features of medieval monastic life.
Book: Surprised by ChristBook: Surprised by ChristSurprised by Christ: My Journey from Judaism to Orthodox Christianity
Book: Tears of Repentance: True Experiences in a Greek TaxiBook: Tears of Repentance: True Experiences in a Greek Taxi

This priceless pearl offers us life-changing experiences from Athanasios (Thanasi) Katigas, a Greek taxi driver from Thessaloniki in the 21st century. Thanasi shares a few out of his many spiritually edifying encounters and conversations with customers who enter his taxi. He reflects on these and draws upon personal experiences in an attempt to provide advice for others attempting to traverse the narrow road of repentance.

His deep sense of love and compassion for his fellow man encourages us to be the best Christians we can, wherever we are.

Book: The Ascetical Homilies of Saint Isaac the SyrianBook: The Ascetical Homilies of Saint Isaac the SyrianThe Ascetical Homilies of Saint Isaac the Syrian are sublime treatises on the life of prayer and stillness—hesychasm—and have been treasured by monastics and laymen alike.
Book: The Beginnings of a Life of PrayerBook: The Beginnings of a Life of Prayer
The beginnings of prayer arise from the longing of the heart to know God, to rest in Him Who showed His love upon the precious Cross, to abide in the fullness of communion with Him. 
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