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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 Seraphim, Wonderworker of Sarov, and his Spiritual InheritanceBook: Saint Seraphim, Wonderworker of Sarov, and his Spiritual Inheritance
Book: Season of Repentance: Lenten Homilies of St John of KronstadtBook: Season of Repentance: Lenten Homilies of St John of Kronstadt
Book: Seasons of Grace: Reflections on the Orthodox Church YearBook: Seasons of Grace: Reflections on the Orthodox Church YearDonna Farley is a priest's wife, mother, and prolific writer. She is a published poet, science fiction writer, and columnist for The Handmaiden.
Book: Sermons on the Spiritual LifeBook: Sermons on the Spiritual LifeAn anthology of sermons on the spiritual life, taken from a 19th century multi-volume collection of St Philaret's homilies, and translated for the first time into the English language.
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: Spiritual Counsels of St. John of KronstadtBook: Spiritual Counsels of St. John of KronstadtThese selected passages from his book My Life in Christ focus on the purpose, manner and difficulty of prayer, the help of the church in heaven and on earth, sin and forgiveness, spiritual life and spiritual warfare, and the last things.
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 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: St. Silouan the AthoniteBook: St. Silouan the AthonitePart I is a remarkable account of St Silouan's life, personality and teaching. Part II consists of St Silouan's writings, which he had laboriously penciled on odd scraps of paper, expressing an authentic personal experience of Christianity identical with that of the early Desert Fathers.
Book: Steps of Transformation: An Orthodox Priest Explores the Twelve StepsBook: Steps of Transformation: An Orthodox Priest Explores the Twelve StepsAddictions and struggles with the passions are rampant in our culture, and often in our families. Fr. Meletios Webber, a popular Orthodox priest with a doctorate in counseling, clearly and skillfully explains the Twelve Steps and correlates them with basic Orthodox theology. Fr Meletios is also the abbot of the Monastery of St John of San Francisco in Manton, California.
Book: Surprised by ChristBook: Surprised by ChristSurprised by Christ: My Journey from Judaism to Orthodox Christianity
Book: Taught by GodBook: Taught by God
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 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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