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Book: The Arena: Guidelines for Spiritual and Monastic LifeBook: The Arena: Guidelines for Spiritual and Monastic Life

This is one of the most important and accessible texts of Orthodox Christian teaching on the spiritual life, and and not unlike the better known “Philokalia.”

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 Christian Old TestamentBook: The Christian Old TestamentThe Christian Old Testament reveals the Hebrew Scriptures as the essential context of Christianity, as well as a many-layered revelation of Christ Himself.
Book: The Communion of LoveBook: The Communion of Love
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.

Now back in stock (September 2021)!
Book: The Crucifixion of the King of GloryBook: The Crucifixion of the King of GloryThe Crucifixion of the King of Glory: The Amazing History and Sublime Mystery of the Passion
Book: The Deification of Man: Saint Gregory Palamas and the Orthodox TraditionBook: The Deification of Man: Saint Gregory Palamas and the Orthodox Tradition

Focusing on the “new Adam” in Christ, this excellent study sets forth the theological and anthropological basis for the doctrine of deification as expounded by St. Gregory Palamas (1296-1359), the greatest theologian of the later Byzantine period. For Palamas and the Fathers the term “spiritual” characterizes the human being reborn through the regenerative grace of the Holy Spirit. Just as a rational person is endowed with reason, a spiritual person is enriched by the grace of the Holy Spirit. The author explores the sacramental, ecclesiological, and moral implications of deification in Palamas’ works and relates this essential theological concept to the life of each person in the Church.

Book: The Desert a CityBook: The Desert a City
Book: The Divine Liturgies of the Holy Apostle James, Brother of the LordBook: The Divine Liturgies of the Holy Apostle James, Brother of the LordThe Divine Liturgies of the Holy Apostle James, Brother of the Lord: Slavonic-English Parallel Text 
Book: The End of Suffering: Finding Purpose in PainBook: The End of Suffering: Finding Purpose in Pain
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 Festal MenaionBook: The Festal MenaionLiturgical texts, hymns, and readings for the Feast Days of the liturgical year.
Book: The First Day of the New CreationBook: The First Day of the New Creation
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 Great Canon of St. Andrew of CreteBook: The Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
Book: The Illness and Cure of the Soul in the Orthodox TraditionBook: The Illness and Cure of the Soul in the Orthodox Tradition

Publishes the basic points of discussion which the author had with a group of Christians. The introduction to the book records a few details about those taking part in the discussions and characteristic features of their personalities. The discussion leads to a shared realization that many people today, although they believe in God and want to follow the genuine way of life offered by the Church, nevertheless remain uncured in their souls because they do not know how to be cured. When replying to the questions of those conversing with him, the author always relies on the teaching of the holy Fathers of the Church, who set out in their writings the Orthodox method of healing the soul.

Book: The Joy of the HolyBook: The Joy of the HolyThe Joy of the Holy: Saint Seraphim of Sarov and Orthodox Spiritual Life
Book: The Lausiac HistoryBook: The Lausiac HistoryJohn Wortley is emeritus professor at the University of Manitoba and an Anglican priest. His previous publications include The Book of the Elders, Paul of Monembasia, and The Spiritual Meadow (all from Cistercian Publications) as well as Skylitzes' Synopsis of Byzantine History and The Anonymous Sayings of the Desert Fathers, both from Cambridge University Press.
Book: The Lenten Triodion (+Supplement)Book: The Lenten Triodion (+Supplement)Together, these two books provide the complete text for all the Lent and Holy Week services. Translated by Mother Mary and Archimandrite Kallistos Ware.
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