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BRIGHT FAITH

Author: FR. ARTEMY VLADIMIROV #: 12772
Compilation of articles and interviews of Fr. Artemy Vladimirov Warmly engaging pastoral talks. Fr. Artemy, author of Path to Confession and Bless, O Lord, is one of Russia`s most beloved contemporary priests. Here he shares a wealth of Orthodox Christian spirituality and common sense, through talks and interviews first published in Road to Emmaus Journal. Subjects range from practical guidance for new converts to a dialogue on the spirituality of teenagers, reflections on Russian history and literature, spiritual fatherhood, and the Jesus Prayer. The book includes many previously unpublished photographs.

Price: € 13.22 £ 10.50 $ 17.12

GOD’S PATH TO SANITY: LESSONS FROM ANCIENT HOLY COUNSELORS ON HOW TO HAVE A SOUND MIND

Author: DEE PENNOCK #: 12833
This book brings the reader together with holy physicians of the soul in ancient Christian Traditions, offering superbly clear examples of the patristic method of diagnosing and healing many disorders of the soul that are now being widely treated with brain-crippling drugs. The resounding lesson here, from physicians of the soul through the ages, is that we cannot cure afflictions of the immortal soul by drugging the short-lived mortal brain. Drugs can soothe, as anesthetics can temporarily block pain, notes the author. But the saintly witness presented here is that only God can heal the afflictions of the soul that are causing such widespread psychological distress throughout the world today. The author, a Stanford graduate and a veteran editor and author, worked at Harvard with Fr. Georges Florovsky. Early reviewers have dubbed this book a “must read” for spiritual health and sanity. Discussion questions have been added at the end of each chapter. 2nd printing.

Price: € 17.31 £ 13.75 $ 22.41

THIRTY STEPS TO HEAVEN THE LADDER OF DIVINE ASCENT FOR ALL WALKS OF LIFE

Author: ARCHIMANDRITE VASSILIOS PAPAVASSILIOU #: 12834
Many laypeople have attempted to read the great spiritual classic, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, but have been frustrated in attempting to apply the lessons of this monastic text to their everyday lives in the world. In Thirty Steps, Archimandrite Vassilios interprets the Ladder for the ordinary Christian without sacrificing any of its beauty and power. Now you too can accept the challenge offered by St. John Climacus to ascend closer to God with each passing day.

Price: € 19.35 £ 15.38 $ 25.06

THE SEER: THE LIFE OF THE PROPHET SAMUEL AND ITS RELEVANCE TODAY

Author: METROPOLITAN HIEROTHEOS VLACHOS OF NAFPAKTOS #: 12835
The Seer describes the life and work of the Prophet Samuel, called ‘the Seer’ and ‘the man of God’ by his contemporaries, who lived in the period of the Old Testament and is a saint of our Church. The author examines the fascinating life of the Prophet and uses events from it to illustrate the relationships between parents and children, spiritual fathers and their disciples, and rulers and those they rule in a theological perspective. Early chapters focus on Hannah and her prayer, and discuss prayer in the heart. The Prophet was a son born by God’s good pleasure and sanctified from his mother’s womb. The miraculous nature of his birth demonstrates that the conception of a human being is the action of God's grace, and that children are God’s gifts. There are practical comments about bringing up children in the Church, prompted by the account of Samuel as a child in the Temple. Later in the book there is a specific chapter about Samuel’s sons and the reasons why children from devout families sometimes rebel and take the wrong path, as they did. The Prophet Samuel received revelations from God and possessed the spiritual gifts of clear sight and seeing into the future. There is a detailed discussion of what exactly these charismas are and for what purpose they are bestowed by God. The Holy Spirit was at work in the Old Testament, and there is a compelling account of how Saul was filled with the Holy Spirit when anointed by Samuel, although he later lost this gift completely. The chapters on Saul’s sins, which seem superficially not to be serious, but were in fact so grave that they caused God to ‘change His mind’ about him, are thought-provoking. As a spiritual father, the author is able to understand Samuel’s profound grief over Saul's fall and to describe it. The book draws to a close with the anointing of David as king and Samuel’s death.

Price: € 35.74 £ 28.40 $ 46.29
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