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Book: The Orthodox Way, by Metropolitan KallistosBook: The Orthodox Way, by Metropolitan Kallistos

An excellent companion to Bishop Kallistos's book The Orthodox Church, this book discusses the spiritual life of the Christian and sets forth basic issues of theology as a way of life for the follower of Christ.

Book: The Refuge: Anchoring the Soul in GodBook: The Refuge: Anchoring the Soul in GodSt. Ignatius Brianchaninov (1807–1867) was a prolific author of Orthodox Christian ascetical works. Published toward the end of his life, his writings continued to grow in popularity long after his death. Along with his contemporary, St. Theophan the Recluse, St. Ignatius is now considered a foremost authority on Orthodox spirituality. He was canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1988. His writings have previously appeared in English as The Arena and On the Prayer of Jesus.
Book: The Religion of the Russian People, by Pierre PascalBook: The Religion of the Russian People, by Pierre PascalA lively study of Russian popular religion in the period of the great nineteenth-century novels, the last days of the Empire and the advent of the Revolution. Explores the Russian people's deep attachment to ritual and tradition.
Book: The Rest of the Bible, by Theron MathisBook: The Rest of the Bible, by Theron Mathis
An engaging and well-written introduction to all of the lesser known and read books of the Bible: the Readables, as St. Athanasius called them. Acquaint yourself with these books of Holy Scripture that the early Church Fathers accepted as canonical and which were universally accepted for the first 1,500 years of Christianity.
Book: The Royal Passion-Bearers of Russia: Their Life and ServiceBook: The Royal Passion-Bearers of Russia: Their Life and ServicePrice includes shipping.
Book: The Sign of the Cross: the gesture, the mystery, the historyBook: The Sign of the Cross: the gesture, the mystery, the history

“The book succeeds at translating the significance of the sign of the Cross into something personal and immediate.”

                                    -Publishers Weekly

Book: The Soul's Longing: An Orthodox Christian Perspective on Biblical InterpretationBook: The Soul's Longing: An Orthodox Christian Perspective on Biblical InterpretationUtilizing all that is valuable in historical-critical and related research, Dr. Mary Ford demonstrates with force and clarity just why biblical hermeneutics needs to return to the perspectives and methods of early Christian interpreters, particularly those of Eastern Church tradition. Since the late Middle Ages, biblical interpretation in Western Christianity has been largely guided by historical-critical methodology. Highly useful for questions of "Introduction" (the "who, what, when, where and why" of biblical writings), it has nevertheless led to a serious "reductionism," represented most flagrantly today by members of the "Jesus Seminar." The indispensable link between exegesis and spiritual life has been largely obscured, with the result that concern for the Gospel promise of salvation has been sub
Book: The Truth of our Faith, by Elder Cleopa VOLUMES 1 AND 2Book: The Truth of our Faith, by Elder Cleopa VOLUMES 1 AND 2

Discourses from Holy Scripture on the Tenets of Christian Orthodoxy

  • Includes a short biography of the elder and a scriptural index
  • Enriched with 29 photos & icons

2 volumes
Book: The Truth: What Every Roman Catholic Should Know about the Orthodox ChurchBook: The Truth: What Every Roman Catholic Should Know about the Orthodox ChurchClark Carlton is the best selling author of THE FAITH and THE WAY, the most popular and widely used Orthodox catechism series in the English language. Mr. Carlton is an adjunct instructor of philosophy at Tennessee Technical University and holds a Master of Divinity degree from St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary as well as an MA in Early Christian Studies from Catholic University of America.
Book: The Vision of God, by Vladimir LosskyBook: The Vision of God, by Vladimir LosskyPrice includes shipping.
Book: The Watchful Mind: Teachings on the Prayer of the HeartBook: The Watchful Mind: Teachings on the Prayer of the Heart
Book: The Winter Pascha, by Fr Thomas HopkoBook: The Winter Pascha, by Fr Thomas Hopko
Forty meditations for the season of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany by Fr. Thomas Hopko.
Book: The World of the Desert FathersBook: The World of the Desert FathersA slim volume packed with ancient Christian wisdom.

These stories and sayings of the Desert Fathers, in a translation by Columba Stewart, give insights into a tradition where words have a resonance beyond their surface meaning. They are intended to lead the reader further along the way of Christ. Columba Stewart provides an introduction to each section to help us understand the world of the early monks.

Book: The Year of Grace of the LordBook: The Year of Grace of the LordThe Author:"A Monk of the Eastern Church" is the well-known pseudonym for Father Lev Gillet (1893-1980), who authored numerous volumes of biblical and spiritual reflections. United to the Orthodox Church in 1928, Father Lev Gillet was deeply imbued with Eastern monastic spirituality. In 1948 he was appointed chaplain to the Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius, dedicated to the work of Christian unity.
Book: These Things We Believe: The Orthodox Defense of Reasonable Christian FaithBook: These Things We Believe: The Orthodox Defense of Reasonable Christian FaithHas God become irrelevant for the 21st Century? Is there anything left to believe in?
Book: These Truths We HoldBook: These Truths We HoldWritten by a monk of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Monastery. These Truths We Hold is an extensive work, and is perhaps, one of the most complete English-language catechisms for those entering the Orthodox Faith or those who want to broaden their knowledge of what the Orthodox Church teaches. These Truths We Hold also makes a great group study book for the family or parish.
Book: Thoughts for Each Day of the Year according to the Daily Church Readings from the Word of GodBook: Thoughts for Each Day of the Year according to the Daily Church Readings from the Word of Godby St. Theophan the Recluse. Translated from the Russian by Lisa Marie Baranov. Short writings on the daily readings (or Feast) arranged chronologically. Excellent food for thought on a daily basis, each one being one page or less. Scriptural and topical index. 307 pages, softcover.
Book: To Open One's Heart: A Spiritual PathBook: To Open One's Heart: A Spiritual Path

There are many ways to open one’s heart. The heart is opened in those who love, and yet the heart is injured in those who sorrow. It is a deep well, and he who plumbs its depths can find spiritual wonders. The heart is the locus of the person— emotional, physical, and moral. But over and above all these dimensions, the heart is also the place of spiritual encounter with God.

Since God is constantly inviting each person to open his heart, he also wishes to heal those whose hearts have been bruised or injured by the hardships of life. Drawing freely from the writings of Scripture, the saints, and even Pascal, Michel Evdokimov offers an initiation into this spirituality of the heart born out of the traditions of Orthodox Christianity.

Book: Touching Heaven: Discovering Orthodox Christianity on the Island of ValaamBook: Touching Heaven: Discovering Orthodox Christianity on the Island of Valaam

"Touching Heaven is a lovely book, quiet and contemplative, and full of peaceful revelations."

-Frederica Matthewes-Green

Book: Treasure-house of Mysteries: Explorations of the Sacred Text through Poetry in the Syriac TraditionBook: Treasure-house of Mysteries: Explorations of the Sacred Text through Poetry in the Syriac Tradition
Translated by Sebastian Brock. Excellent translation of the poems of the early Syriac tradition which explore the deeper spiritual meanings of the biblical text with great insight.
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