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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 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 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 Eucharist: Sacrament of the KingdomBook: The Eucharist: Sacrament of the Kingdom“The Purpose of the Eucharist lies not in the change of the bread and wine, but in the partaking of Christ, who has become our food, our life, the manifestation of the Church as the body of Christ."
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 Field: Cultivating SalvationBook: The Field: Cultivating SalvationThe spiritual harvest requires a heart that is harrowed by repentance, softened by compunction, and irrigated by tears.  
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 Freedom of MoralityBook: The Freedom of MoralityThe Author: Christos Yannaras, a leading Greek theologian and professor, is the author of more than a dozen books on ethics, theology, and modern religious philosophy.
Book: The Gurus, The Young Man and Elder PaisiosBook: The Gurus, The Young Man and Elder PaisiosThis powerful memoir tells the story of a Greek youth who, out of a desire to know the truth empirically, began to experiment in yoga, hypnotism, and various occult techniques. Eventually drawn back to the Faith of his forefathers, Orthodox Christianity, he visited the ancient monastic republic of Mount Athos in his native Greece, where he was brought to a knowledge of the Truth of Jesus Christ by the saintly Elder Paisios (1924-1994).
Book: The Hermitess PhotiniBook: The Hermitess PhotiniEnglish. Softcover. 162 pp. Published by St. Anthony's Monastery. Written by Archimandrite Joachim Spetsieris.
Book: The Holy FireBook: The Holy FireSubtitled The Story of the Fathers of the Eastern Church, this spans the earliest days after the resurrection and ascension of Jesus through to the fall of Constantinople in 1453. Here we learn about the spiritual and mental giants of the early church:- Clement of Alexandria, Origen, Athanasius, Basil the Great, Gregory of Nyassa, Gregory Nazianzen, John Chrysoston, Dionysius the Areopagate, John Damascene and Gregory Palamas. These were all touched with ""holy fire"", and their God-intoxication made them more incandescent than the Fathers of the Western Church. Their fiercest disputes were against those who seemed to lessen God's supreme majesty, His absolute dominion over mankind, His absolute mercy, His perfect divinity. They strove to take seriously the admonition,- ""Be ye therefore perfect, as your Heav
Book: The Incarnate GodBook: The Incarnate GodThe Incarnate God is a multilevel catechism intended for use in classrooms and study groups, and is particularly designed for individual edification and growth. 2 volumes.
Book: The Lenten SpringBook: The Lenten Spring"The Church welcomes the Lenten spring with a spirit of exultation...with the enthusiasm of a child... The tone of the church services is one of brightness and light."
Book: The Life and Work of Metropolitan LeontyBook: The Life and Work of Metropolitan LeontyThose who were blessed to have known Metropolitan Leonty in this earthly life remember him for the fruits of the Holy Spirit evident in him: humility, prayerfulness, meekness, dignity, kindness, generosity, forbearance, thoughtfulness, a sense of humor, vision, erudition, and wisdom.
Book: The Liturgy of DeathBook: The Liturgy of Death
Introduction by Alexis Vinogradov
Chapter 1 The Development of Christian Funeral Rites
Chapter 2 The Funeral Rites and Practices
Chapter 3 Prayers for the Dead
Chapter 4 The Liturgy of Death and Contemporary Culture 
The Order for the Burial of the Dead
Book: The Lives of the Desert FathersBook: The Lives of the Desert Fathers
Book: The Living Witness of the Holy Mountain: Contemporary Voices from Mount AthosBook: The Living Witness of the Holy Mountain: Contemporary Voices from Mount AthosIn these pages we see the simplicity and truth of the Gospel reflected in anecdotes of contemporary Fathers of the Holy Mountain; we read of the connection between the light of Christ’s Transfiguration on Mount Tabor and Orthodox monastic spirituality; we learn how St. Herman of Alaska, America’s first Orthodox saint, was a kind of gift to America from Athos.
Book: The Lost Capital of Byzantium: The History of Mistra and the PeloponneseBook: The Lost Capital of Byzantium: The History of Mistra and the PeloponneseSir Steven Runciman, one of the most distinguished historians of the Byzantine period, traveled to Mistra on numerous occasions and became enchanted with the place. Now published in paperback for the first time, The Lost Capital of Byzantium tells the story of this once-great city—its rise and fall and its place in the history of the Peloponnese and the Byzantine empire.
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