AN EXTRAORDINARY PEACE: ST. SERAPHIM, FLAME OF SAROV
This is a reprint of the original St. Seraphim of Sarov: A Spiritual Biography by Archimandrite Lazarus Moore.
I am delighted to learn this biography of St Seraphim is coming back to print. This work of Father Lazarus was an important component in my own formation as an Orthodox Christian, so I hope this new edition will be met with the enthusiasm it very much deserves.
— Father Patrick Henry Reardon
All Saints Orthodox Church Chicago, IL
Editor - Touchstone Magazine
Author - Christ in the Psalms
Imagine in the center of the sun, in the dazzling light of its midday rays, the face of a man talking to you. You see the movement of his lips and the changing expression in his eyes, you hear his voice, you feel someone holding your shoulders; yet you do not see his hands, you do not even see yourself or his figure, but only a blinding light spreading far around for several yards and illumining with its glaring sheen both the snow-blanket which covered the forest glade and the snowflakes which besprinkled me and the great Elder. You can imagine the state I was in!”
— N.A. Motovilov
from his Conversation with St. Seraphim
This famous saying of Saint Seraphim of Sarov sums up not only his spiritual teaching, but also the great accomplishment of his life. Through fasting, struggle and self-abasement, Saint Seraphim acquired the spirit of peace as few others before him had. Like on of the great Desert Fathers of the past, he shone like an earthly angel and a heavenly man.
This epic biography represents a major portion of the life’s work of the renowned Orthodox scholar Archimandrite Lazarus Moore. He spent over 20 years working on this book and has produced the definitive life of St. Seraphim, containing the most compelling biography of the great Saint and Wonderworker of Sarov yet published in any language. It is as though St. Seraphim himself confided in him.