“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 the Orthodox from other Christians so that we find a book of readings which singles out the “Orthodox” tradition? The purpose of the present book, aside from providing texts for reading and contemplation, is to introduce, explain and celebrate the rich and joyous breadth of the Orthodox tradition.
In the earliest centuries of faith, Christians in the deserts of Palestine and Africa sought a short prayer that could be easily repeated, in order to acquire the habit of “prayer without ceasing.” The result was The Jesus Prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.” This jewel of Eastern Christianity aims [...]
Allow the Mother of Jesus to teach you new ways to pray. This new series of books is designed to open up the meaning of one ancient way of Christian prayer in a relatively short amount of time. In Praying with Mary you will discover: • The mother of Jesus—in all of her simplicity and [...]
What is prayer, and why should we pray? In this previously unpublished collection of late writings, Robert Llewelyn, one of the wisest spiritual teachers of our time, offers advice and insights from a lifetime of spiritual experience, including the lessons we can learn from Julian of Norwich.
The Syriac Fathers on Prayer and the Spiritual Life By: Sebastian Brock From the semitic-aramaic spirituality of the early Church to the Hellenized theological Vision of later centuries, the Syrian tradition offers modern Christians an intensity, insights, and an immediacy rare in the West.
This is a book for those of us who are struggling to establish an effective prayer life. Written neither for monastics or scholars, A Beginner’s Guide to Prayer speaks to the average man or woman on the street who desires a deeper relationship with God but is unsure how or where to begin. Drawing from [...]