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!


Due to space limitations, we cannot list our entire (extensive!) inventory online, although we are constantly rotating books in and out. Please email us to request a complete list or call us at (805)921-1563 to ask about what you are looking for.

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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.
Book: Turning East: Contemporary Philosophers and the Ancient Christian FaithBook: Turning East: Contemporary Philosophers and the Ancient Christian FaithTurning East is a collection of autobiographical essays in which sixteen philosophers describe their personal journeys to the Orthodox Church, explain their reasons for becoming Orthodox Christians, and offer a sense of how their conversions have changed their lives.
Book: Way of the Ascetics, by Tito CollianderBook: Way of the Ascetics, by Tito CollianderThe Author: Tito Colliander was born in St Petersburg, Russia, but lived most of his life in Helsinki, Finland, where he was an Orthodox layman and the author of several books in both the religious and secular fields.
Book: We Shall See Him As He Is, by Archimandrite SophronyBook: We Shall See Him As He Is, by Archimandrite Sophrony
"Now at the close of my life I have decided to talk to my brethren of things I would not have ventured to utter earlier, counting it unseemly..." Thus wrote Archimandrite Sophrony, then ninety-two years old, in We Shall See Him As He Is, his spiritual autobiography. In this book, Fr. Sophrony, one of the most beloved Orthodox Christian elders of our times revealed to the world his own experience of union with God, and the path to that union.
Book: When Hearts Become Flame, by Dcn. Stephen MuseBook: When Hearts Become Flame, by Dcn. Stephen Muse

Dr. Muse shares insight and wisdom gained over the course of his life's journey as a pastor and psychotherapist trying to follow the Light wherever He leads. Some profound and very useful insights are found within these pages.

— Dr. Albert Rossi, Psychologist, St. Vladimir's Seminary

Book: Wise LivesBook: Wise LivesWise Lives: Orthodox Christian Reflections on the Wisdom of Sirach
Book: Works on the Spirit - Athanasius the Great and Didymus the BlindBook: Works on the Spirit - Athanasius the Great and Didymus the BlindThe first great testament to the Spirit's divinity -showing how the Spirit creates and saves inseparably with the Father and the Son- is St. Athanasius' Letters to Serapion. Only a few years later, Didymus the Blind penned his own On the Holy Spirit, which is here translated into English for the first time. For Didymus, the Spirit transforms Christians by drawing them into the divine life itself, and must therefore be one with the Father and Son.
Children's Book: Celebrating the Twelve Days of ChristmasChildren's Book: Celebrating the Twelve Days of ChristmasBy Amanda Eve Wigglesworth. A family devotional in the Eastern Orthodox tradition. 
Children's Book: Saint George & the DragonChildren's Book: Saint George & the Dragonby Jim Forest and illustrated by Vladislav Andrejev. A beautifully illustrated retelling of the story of St George for contemporary readers, illustrated in traditional iconographic style. Using iconographic images, this book carries us into a world of dragons and heroes, and of courageous, overcoming love.
Children's Book: The Blackbird's Nest: Saint Kevin of IrelandChildren's Book: The Blackbird's Nest: Saint Kevin of IrelandKevin was always different. He loved animals and seemed to understand their secret language. But other children brought out the worst in him. He chased, bullied, and shoved, until one spring when he learned an unforgettable lesson from an unlikely teacher--a blackbird who built a nest in his hand.
Children's Book: The Monk Who Grew PrayerChildren's Book: The Monk Who Grew PrayerThis delightful, beautifully illustrated book teaches children that no matter what they are doing, or what hour of the day it is, they too, can pray. 
Children's Book: The PraisesChildren's Book: The Praises
Children's Books by Mother MelaniaChildren's Books by Mother MelaniaMost of Mother Melania's books are in verse, except for the Fireduck series.
Children's Chapter Book: Keeper of the LightChildren's Chapter Book: Keeper of the LightThe road to sainthood takes a lifetime to travel. . . . 
Lavender Sachets: from the fields of St Barbara MonasteryLavender Sachets: from the fields of St Barbara Monastery
Excellent for purses, linen closets, drawers or any place that could use the beautifully fresh scent of lavender.
Trio of Monastery Beeswax Lip Balm: Lavender & CalendulaTrio of Monastery Beeswax Lip Balm: Lavender & CalendulaMade by the sisters with home grown lavender and calendula, stock up on this lovely all-natural beeswax lip balm for Christmas stocking stuffers or birthday gifts.
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