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!

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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. 
Book: The Burning Bush, by A Monk of the Eastern ChurchBook: The Burning Bush, by A Monk of the Eastern Church“My Love, Love in its incorruptible essence, Love without limits, is never entirely absent. God is never absent. At times such Love seems barely to exist, yes. It can be undetectable, covered by hatred, by all sorts of perversions, or by a layer of instinctive brutality. Yet I still work through it. No matter how deformed love may be, I can make it rise to the level of a conscious and total gift. Love has a great many different aspects, it’s true. But there is only one Love."

--from the book

Book: The Challenge: A Guide Towards Jesus ChristBook: The Challenge: A Guide Towards Jesus ChristChrist came to begin a revolution against sin, against egocentrism and against the passions. As long as sin continues to reign, Christ will continue to challenge and provoke. Blessed are those who have accepted Christ's message with humility.
Book: The Cross Stands While the World Turns: Homilies for the Cycles of the YearBook: The Cross Stands While the World Turns: Homilies for the Cycles of the Year
by Fr John Behr, Dean of St. Vladimir's Seminary. A collection of theologically rich, insightful and succinct homilies on the main feasts of the liturgical year. Highly recommended.
Book: The Desert a City, by Derwas ChittyBook: The Desert a City, by Derwas ChittyA classic study of early Christian monasticsm. Combines detailed scholarship with vivid writing in its description of the golden age of Egyptian monasticism and its founders. It follows the development of monastic life to the end of the fourth century. Includes an account of the monastic history of Mount Sinai.
Book: The Diary of a Russian PriestBook: The Diary of a Russian Priest"Why are childhood impressions so important? Why is it essential to fill a child’s mind and soul with light and goodness, starting from the very earliest stages of its life? In childhood we find a natural gift for faith, simplicity, gentleness, a capacity for tenderness, compassion, imagination, an absence of cruelty and hardness. Now this is precisely the kind of soil that yields a harvest thirtyfold, sixtyfold, or an hundredfold. When, later in life, the soul has become hard and dry, a man can be cleansed anew and saved by the continuing presence of his childhood experience. That is why it is so important to keep children close to the Church–it will provide them with nourishment for their entire lifetime."
Book: The Elder Ieronymos of AeginaBook: The Elder Ieronymos of Aeginaby Peter Botsis, with Memoirs of the Elder Ieronymos, translated by Holy Transfiguration Monastery.
Book: The Enlargement of the Heart, by Archimandrite ZachariasBook: The Enlargement of the Heart, by Archimandrite Zacharias
The Enlargement of the Heart consists of a remarkable series of presentations on the nature and purpose of human existence in St. Silouan the Athonite (1866-1938) and Elder Sophrony of Essex (1896-1993), and an Appendix comprised of two lectures on Monasticism. Delivered in Wichita, Kansas at the 2001 Clergy Brotherhood Retreat of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, each lecture is published here in full together with its Asides and corresponding Questions & Answers.
Book: The Faith We Hold, by Archbishop Paul of FinlandBook: The Faith We Hold, by Archbishop Paul of Finland

Unpretentious and direct pastoral letter on doctrinal, liturgical and spiritual elements of the Orthodox faith. A vivid and personal introduction to the Faith.

Book: The First Thousand Years: A Global History of ChristianityBook: The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity

Robert Louis Wilken is William R. Kenan Professor of the History of Christianity Emeritus, University of Virginia. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Through a selected narration of particularly noteworthy persons and events, Wilken demonstrates how the coming of Christianity set in motion one of the most profound revolutions the world has known. This is not a story limited to the West; rather, Christian communities in Ethiopia, Nubia, Armenia, Georgia, Persia, Central Asia, India, and China shaped the course of Christian history. The rise and spread of Islam had a lasting impact on the future of Christianity, and several chapters are devoted to the early experiences of Christians under Muslim rule. Wilken reminds us that the career of Christianity is characterized b

Book: The Garden of the Holy Spirit: Saint Iakovos of Evia (1920-1991)Book: The Garden of the Holy Spirit: Saint Iakovos of Evia (1920-1991)
Book: The Garments of SalvationBook: The Garments of Salvation“The Garments of Salvation” will fascinate anyone who loves “the beauty of Thy house” with its insight into the meaning and making of liturgical vestments and fabrics. Most importantly, it returns to us our own holy tradition, a tradition of great beauty, which threatens to be lost to the temptations of cheap materials and hasty production. Beauty matters, and The Garments of Salvation will make you hungry to see it in your own church.            
~Kh Frederica Mathewes-Green

Book: The Gift of LoveBook: The Gift of LoveLove is a gift from God, a sacred grace that invites us, indeed challenges us to respond with whatever capability we have within us to love God, one another and his creation.
Book: The Grace of IncorruptionBook: The Grace of Incorruption"In this book of his selected essays I have gathered much of what he wrote after the Prayer came to him in 1983 and radically changed both his life and mine. In doing this, I hoped to share with others the great beauty of this man's soul and perhaps bring some completion and fulfillment to the work he had begun. But the project has served me, too. I have gotten to know him better and value him even more; and I've been able to continue hearing his voice (so richly present in this work!) long after it was silenced by illness and death. By God's grace, I have now been given more than half a century in the company of this best friend I love, and now miss, so much. 
Book: The Great Book of Needs (4-volume set)Book: The Great Book of Needs (4-volume set)

The Holy Mysteries

Expanded and Supplemented.

Book: The Great I Came's of Jesus, by Fr. Anthony ConiarisBook: The Great I Came's of Jesus, by Fr. Anthony Coniaris

Meditations on the great "I came ..." statements of Jesus wherein He explains the reason for His coming into the world

Book: The Hawk and the DoveBook: The Hawk and the DoveHighly recommended by the sisters. (Parents, read together with your older children.)
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