From the Jesus Prayer and the rhythm of the church year, to the Christian ascetic struggle and the hard work of marriage, the Orthodox faith holds a wealth of wisdom for all areas of the spiritual life. Find insight for the journey into deeper union with Christ, passed down through the ages.
This collection boasts an array of Orthodox resources on spirituality—including understanding the seven major mysteries of the Church, learning from a women’s monastery, praying the Hours, finding balance in the Church seasons, overcoming the passions, and opening yourself fully to the grace of God. Drawing upon Scripture and the Holy Fathers, these nine practical and reflective texts guide and inspire today’s spiritual sojourner.
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A Beginner’s Guide to Prayer speaks to the average person on the street who desires a deeper relationship with God, but is unsure how or where to begin. It’s a book written neither for monastics or scholars, but for those everyday believers who are struggling to establish an effective prayer life. Drawing from nearly 2000 years of Orthodox spiritual wisdom, Keiser offers warm, practical, pastoral advice whose genius is to be found in its homespun simplicity and straightforward style.
Michael Keiser is a convert to the Orthodox faith who was raised in the Western Christian tradition. He has studied in both the Western and Eastern traditions of Christianity, and has been actively involved in evangelism and outreach on behalf of the Orthodox Christian Church. An Orthodox priest for 30 years, he works in the Department of Missions and Evangelism of the Antiochian Archdiocese. During his career he has worked with 28 different congregations in the areas of renewal and growth and established new congregations. Keiser has written five books dealing with worship, spirituality, and an Orthodox philosophy of suffering.
Genuine spirituality keeps us in balance with God, our neighbor, and the material world. Michael Keiser walks us through the Orthodox Church’s timeless teachings and practices on the ancient understanding of Christian spirituality with humor and keen insight. He outlines how ascetic practices, personal and corporate worship, confession and repentance, overcoming the passions, and opening ourselves up to God’s grace can lead us to transformation, and to our ultimate destiny—Jerusalem, the heavenly city.
Michael Keiser is a convert to the Orthodox faith who was raised in the Western Christian tradition. He has studied in both the Western and Eastern traditions of Christianity, and has been actively involved in evangelism and outreach on behalf of the Orthodox Christian Church. An Orthodox priest for 30 years, he works in the Department of Missions and Evangelism of the Antiochian Archdiocese. During his career he has worked with 28 different congregations in the areas of renewal and growth and established new congregations. Keiser has written five books dealing with worship, spirituality, and an Orthodox comprehension of suffering.
Eastern and Western Christians share a rich spiritual heritage in the Hours of Prayer—the brief services of praise and psalmody that mark the progress of each day, sanctifying the hours of our lives. In this reflective book, Patricia Egan digs deeply into the meaning of each of the Hours, drawing on poetry, nature, experience, and theology to show how the services reflect the different aspects of our salvation and our lives. A Book of Hours is an excellent companion for anyone who wants to experience the blessing of praying through the Hours of each day.
Patricia Colling Egan has an MA in Anglo-Irish literature and an MA in Drama and Theology. She has done doctoral work at University College Dublin, University of Chicago, and Northwestern University. She taught at the English Language Institute in Dublin as well as the Dublin Language Institute at Blackrock College. She has been helping to establish an Orthodox Church in mid-coast Maine and is also the author of The Mystical Ticket Booth: Through the Looking Glass to a French Convent.
Worry, despair, insecurity, fear of death . . . these are our daily companions, and even though we attempt to ignore them or try to crowd them out, they are there, waiting for us in our quieter moments. It is precisely where we hurt most that the experience of the Orthodox Church has much to offer. The remedy is not a pep talk, or any simple admonitions to fight the good fight, cheer up, or think positively. Rather, the Orthodox method is to change the way we look at the human person—starting with ourselves.
According to 2,000 years of experience, Orthodoxy shows us how to be transformed by the renewing of our mind, a process that is aided by participation in the traditional ascetic practices and mysteries of the Church. In this unique and accessible book, Archimandrite Meletios Webber first explores the role of mystery in the Christian life, then walks the reader through the seven major mysteries of the Orthodox Church, showing the way to a richer, fuller life in Christ.
Meletios Webber is an Orthodox priest. He was received into the Orthodox Church by Bishop Kallistos Ware in 1971. Educated at Dulwich College and Oxford University, he has a doctorate in psychological counseling. Meletios has served the Orthodox Church in Greece, Great Britain, Montana, and California, and is currently the abbot of Saint John Monastery in Manton, California. He is the author of Steps of Transformation: An Orthodox Priest Examines the Twelve Steps.
Father Thomas Hopko draws on the wisdom of the Orthodox Christian Church and the Holy Scriptures to help us understand same-sex attraction, with both compassion and clarity. Combining theological and pastoral insights, this small gem is designed to aid pastors, those who experience same-sex desires, and anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the nature of our identity and our sexuality. This book is a primer on how to overcome the passions through the traditional Christian ascetic struggle, which applies to everyone.
In a winsomely accessible manner, he draws on the treasures of Orthodoxy to invite all of us to move from disputation to reflection, and from there to the wholeness for which we are created by God.
—Richard John Neuhaus, editor in chief, First Things
The argument is closely reasoned and touches on many aspects of this issue that are often ignored in popular presentations. . . . A provocative book that will surely help everyone who reads it!
—Timothy George, dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
Thomas Hopko (March 28, 1939–March 18, 2015) was dean emeritus of St. Vladimir’s Seminary and a retired professor of dogmatic theology. He authored numerous works on all aspects of the Orthodox Church’s faith and practice. His writings have been translated into 15 languages. Hopko was a world-renowned lecturer at various Orthodox and ecumenical forums.
How do you get from “I do” to “happily ever after”?
Even in today’s divorce-torn society, it can be done. But marriage is no fairy tale—it takes unselfish love, total commitment, a realistic attitude, and a lot of hard work.
In a conversational style, with exercises and examples from popular culture and from life, Constantine Nasr, a 38-year veteran of marriage and marital counseling, shows you how to master the art of marriage and create a lastingly joyful home and family.
Constantine Nasr has served as pastor of St. Elijah Church in Oklahoma City for more than 25 years. A graduate of St. Vladimir’s Seminary, he has helped establish numerous missions in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and Colorado. He is also the author of The Bible in the Liturgy, Journey through the Divine Liturgy, Resource Book for Mission and Evangelism, Memory Eternal: Selected Eulogies, A Practical Guide for Priests & Pastors, and Antony Bashir: Founding Father of the American Orthodox Church.
There is enormous tension between fully entering into the Church year and the pressures of society. We sometimes find ourselves walking a tightrope between what we think is the ideal of a holy life and the demands of our post-modern world. But as Donna Farley demonstrates in this work, the beauty of the Church seasons is that they teach us how to balance our life. The Christian life is a whole life, an expansive life, a life in Christ, who gives himself for the life of the world. This collection offers Farley’s own view from the tightrope. Her short yet thoughtful reflections help weave together the great feasts into the fabric of our lives.
Donna Farley is a Word Guild Award winner for Canadian Christian fiction. She is also the author of The Ravens of Farne: A Tale of Saint Cuthbert and Bearing the Saint.
The Jesus Prayer has been on the lips of Christians since the time of the Desert Fathers. What is its history? How do we make it our own? This booklet traces the development of the Jesus Prayer through the early centuries of the Church, follows its progression through Mount Athos, the teachings of St. Gregory Palamas, and others, and discusses its modern revival in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The text concludes with a brief discussion of how this prayer can be appropriated by the individual believer today.
David Hester is an archpriest of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese and pastor of St. Mary Antiochian Church in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He earned an STB from the Gregorian University in Rome, an STM from the Graduate Theological Union of Berkeley California, and an SEOL and SEOD from the Pontifical Oriental Institute of Rome, Italy. He is on the faculty of the Antiochian House of Studies and of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary, teaching patrology and church history.
Join Constantina Palmer as she makes frequent pilgrimages to a women’s monastery in Greece and absorbs the nuns’ particular approach to their spiritual life. If you’re a woman who has read of Mount Athos and longed to partake of its grace-filled atmosphere, this book is for you. Men who wish to understand how women’s spirituality differs from their own will find it a fascinating read as well.
Constantina R. Palmer is originally from New Brunswick, on Canada’s Atlantic coast. She earned her MA in theology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where she lives with her husband, a deacon in the Canadian Archdiocese of the OCA. She is also an iconographer and a student of Byzantine chant.