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In this companion volume to the popular When You Pray, L. Joseph Letendre explores the underpinnings of the Church’s practice of fasting and of ascetic discipline in general. Rather than being preoccupied with the details of food regulations, he helps the reader understand the purpose of fasting and how to enter into it more willingly [...]


Thoughts for Each Day of the Year By St. Theophan the Recluse Saint Theophan the Recluse (1815–1894) was one of the most prolific and beloved spiritual writers of nineteenth-century Russia. His works, which comprise over twenty volumes, include such classics as The Path to Salvation and A Commentary on Psalm 118, as well as many [...]


“I am an Orthodox Christian.” In the West, people often find this a confusing statement. Many feel that you have left out the necessary qualifier: “Do you mean Russian Orthodox or Greek Orthodox?” How are we to define this word “Orthodox” in a way that transcends and yet accounts for ethnic backgrounds? What sets apart [...]


This book gives selections from his major writings, including the Confessions and the City of God. In these he puts forth the faith of the Church with unequalled brilliance, charm and forcefulness. The Daily Reading Series presents selections from the spiritual classics in a form suitable for daily reading and meditation. These pocket size books [...]


Here is a selection from the simple and profound words of one of the greatest spiritual writers in the Orthodox tradition. This book should throw fresh light on the spiritual path. The Daily Reading Series presents selections from the spiritual classics in a form suitable for daily reading and meditation. These pocket size books are [...]


The Philokalia – a collection of the best writings from Orthodox spiritual masters across many centuries – is a treasure trove of direction for the spiritual life. But it can be overwhelming at first glance. Popular author and podcaster Angela Doll Carlson set herself the mission of reading through The Philokalia in a year and [...]


Through the blood He trampled death by His death. He passed-over with those who were in the graves to eternal life. Such is the journey of the Passover that was intended by God. It took various forms throughout the breadth of time, yet each time the Passover did not occur except through the blood.


Confronting and Controlling Thoughts According to the fathers of the Philokalia Orthodox spirituality places great emphasis on thoughts (logismoi) since everything we do begins in the mind. The Fathers of the Philokalia have much to teach about confronting and controlling thoughts. Since the average person experiences 4000 thoughts each day, the experiences of these Fathers [...]


This spiritual classic was written by Lorenzo Scupoli, a sixteenth-century Venetian priest. Immensely popular in its own day, it was ranked by Francis de Sales with the Imitation of Christ. In the general rapport between Western and Eastern Christendom, it reached Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain, who first recognized its immense spiritual worth, and later, [...]


Keepint the Feast of Unleavened Bread following the Passover symbolized living the Christian life in dedication and service to God. How does this apply to us today? Living the Christian life in this context means allowing the Lord Jesus Christ to be Lord of every area of our life. We are expressly told “Therefore let [...]


The Imitation of Christ is a devotional book. The Imitation of Christ is perhaps the most widely read Christian devotional work next to the Bible. It is regarded as a religious classic. Its popularity was immediate and stunning as soon as it was published in the fifteenth century. It was edited 745 times from 1650 [...]


For centuries, Christians have been challenged and inspired by the writings of the early church fathers. Their exhortations, thoughts, and meditations have been a beacon of light and hope to church leaders, laity, and theologians including Martin Luther, John Calvin, and John Wesley. Day by Day with the Early Church Fathers presents selections of these [...]