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Father Arseny: Priest, Prisoner, Spiritual Father
FATHER ARSENY
Priest, Prisoner, Spiritual Father

Father Arseny is the story of one man's struggle of faith to endure the soul-destroying conditions of a Soviet labour camp.

This remarkable story follows the life of the priest Arseny from the time of his arrest, to the months after his release following over a decade in prison.

Father Arseny stands as a testimony to the power of God amidst the most painful trials. It is an account of the victory of love for Jesus Christ over the evils of our time.
The Way of a Pilgrim
THE WAY OF A PILGRIM

This gripping account of a Russian pilgrim chronicles the journey of one faithful soul (some believe one of the saintly fathers of the Optina Monastery) from one holy place to another, in the hope of finding the meaning of the Lord's words, "Pray without ceasing".

Throughout his travels, the pilgrim encounters a variety of people, each striving toward the holy life, while struggling with the passions.

A great book for those new to Orthodoxy, as well as a spiritual benefit to mature faithful, The Way of a Pilgrim remains a spiritual classic, and a must-read for those who seek to know more intimately the Orthodox Christian Church.
Dorotheus of Gaza: Sayings and Discourses
DOROTHEOS OF GAZA
Discourses & Sayings

One of the most readable books in the writings of the saints of the Holy Land, the Discourses and sayings of Saint Dorotheos of Gaza provide a simple yet deep introduction to the essential spiritual life of the Orthodox Christian Church: the internal struggle to live with God.

Written in a familiar tone, with countless stories to which readers can relate, the Discourses provides one of the best catechisms for the Orthodox Faith, easily digested by the mature but unfamiliar reader.
Father Seraphim Rose: His Life and Works
FATHER SERAPHIM ROSE
His Life & Works

There is perhaps no contemporary Orthodox father who can focus on the problems of modern life and offer the Orthodox Christian solutions in the way that Father Seraphim does.

This book chronicles his life, from his years growing up in California, through to his exploration of hedonism and nihilism in his college years, to his discovery of Orthodox Christian Truth.

Father Seraphim has touched the hearts of thousands of spiritual seekers living in the spiritual wastelands of North America, and this book will allow readers to understand his appeal, and the strength of his timeless Orthodox witness.
Unseen Warfare: Saint Theophan the Recluse
UNSEEN WARFARE
St. Theophan the Recluse

Unseen Warfare is the remarkable result of hundreds of years of wisdom, originally compiled by a Latin writer, then thoroughly revised by Saint Nikodemos of Mount Athos and later Saint Theophan the Recluse.

The result is a series of brief chapters that delve into the inner working of the human heart, its attachments, passions, and the cure of the spiritual sicknesses of the heart.

This book is essential reading for anyone eager to live an authentic Christian life, who wants to see their Christian faith produce concrete changes not just on the outside, but in the inner man as well.
The Screwtape Letters
THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS
by C.S. Lewis

While not an Orthodox book, this unusual novel presents numerous basic principles of traditional Christian spiritual life, along with the stumbling blocks that present themselves. Written in the unique context of letters from a senior devil to his junior protege, this satirical introduction to the spiritual life is useful for beginners and mature faithful alike, particularly westerners who appreciate the contrast of the crisis of the world wars in Europe with the dry wit of the British Isles.
The Orthodox Church
THE ORTHODOX CHURCH
by Metropolitan Kallistos (Timothy) Ware

This book has become the classic for students of the Orthodox Church, providing a two-part introduction to the history and doctrine of Orthodox Christianity.

While newer editions of the book have tried to soften their delivery of the uniqueness of Orthodox life and teaching, even the newest edition of the book serves as a helpful introduction for those seeking to learn more about the ancient Orthodox Faith, and its continuing life today.
Apostle to Zaire: The Life and Legacy of Blessed Father Cosmas of Gregoriou
APOSTLE TO ZAIRE
The Life & Legacy of Blessed Father Cosmas of Gregoriou

This modern tale of a Greek missionary to Zaire is an inspiration, both for its witness to pastoral love and for its uncompromising portrayal of the spiritual pitfalls faced by those coming to the Orthodox Christian Faith. The unexpected death of Father Cosmas in an automobile accident several years ago makes this unique account all the more valuable to contemporary readers, particularly as a witness to the universal, multicultural relevance of Orthodox Christianity in a rapidly changing world.
A Night in the Desert of the Holy Mountain
A NIGHT IN THE DESERT OF THE HOLY MOUNTAIN
by Metropolitan Hierotheos Vlachos

This book chronicles the actual dialogue between a pilgrim and an elder of the Holy Mountain of Athos in Greece.

While the setting is delightful and intriguing to the modern traveler, it is the spiritual teaching given by the elder that makes this book a must-read for North Americans, who only rarely get the opportunity to benefit from the spiritual fruits of those who live the isolated, ascetic life of unceasing prayer to Jesus Christ.
Sayings of the Desert Fathers
SAYINGS OF THE DESERT FATHERS

Saint John Chrysostom tells us that we cannot be saved without the reading of spiritual books.

For those looking for the most easily digested, brief pearls of Orthodox Christian wisdom and spiritual anecdotes, this compilation of words from the Church Fathers of the Egyptian desert is ideal. These readings summarize the depth of humility and faith welling up from the Christian life of the Egyptian desert, sharing fruits that are difficult to find anywhere else, and only rarely in such an easily readable translation.
Top Ten Book Picks

Father Arseny
The Way of a Pilgrim
Dorotheos of Gaza
Father Seraphim Rose
Unseen Warfare
The Screwtape Letters
The Orthodox Church
Apostle to Zaire
A Night in the Desert of the Holy Mountain
Sayings of the Desert Fathers

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