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We hope you enjoy the offerings of our online 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: 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 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 Nikiforos the Leper and WonderworkerBook: Saint Nikiforos the Leper and Wonderworker

Nikiforos the Leper, who reposed on 4 January 1964, was officially numbered among the canonized Saints of the Orthodox Church by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on Saturday, December 1, 2012.

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 WorshipBook: Scripture Readings in Orthodox Worship

"...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: 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: Spirit of Truth: The Origins of Johannine PneumatologyBook: Spirit of Truth: The Origins of Johannine PneumatologyA study of the origin and development of the teaching on the Holy Spirit in the Gospel and First Epistle of John. Explores and explains how this hermeneutic function developed in Johannine thought, and its implications for scriptural interpretation. Includes index.
Book: Spiritual Fatherhood: Evagrius Ponticus on the Role of the Spiritual FatherBook: Spiritual Fatherhood: Evagrius Ponticus on the Role of the Spiritual FatherFATHER GABRIEL BUNGE, a priest and schemamonk of the Russian Orthodox Church, lives in a hermitage in Switzerland, Eremo Santa Croce. He possesses a thorough knowledge of patristic literature, and is known worldwide for his writings on contemplative prayer. Two of his other studies on Evagrius Ponticus—Despondency
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 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: 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: 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 Arena: Guidelines for Spiritual and Monastic LifeBook: The Arena: Guidelines for Spiritual and Monastic Life

Part I: COUNSELS FOR THE SPIRITUAL LIFE OF MONKS

1 On the Study of the Commandments of the Gospel and On the Life According to the Commandments of the Gospel
2 People Will Be Judged at God’s Judgment According to the Commandments of the Gospel
3 The Monastic Life Is Life Ac

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. 
Book: The Bible and the Holy Fathers for OrthodoxBook: The Bible and the Holy Fathers for OrthodoxThe lectionary readings arranged for use according to the Orthodox calendar, followed by commentaries collated from a number of holy Fathers of the Church.
Book: The Blessed Surgeon: The Life of Saint Luke, Archbishop of SimferopolBook: The Blessed Surgeon: The Life of Saint Luke, Archbishop of SimferopolThis inspiring biography of a bishop and surgeon during the darkest years of Soviet oppression in Russia has been the most widely read and appreciated publication of Divine Ascent Press to date. St. Luke endured unthinkable tortures at the hands of the atheistic state due to his outspoken confession of Christ, but his pioneering work as a surgeon gave the lie to his persecutors' separation of faith and science. 
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