“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.
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 [...]
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 gem of a book, Patricia Egan digs deeply into the meaning of each of the Hours, drawing on poetry, [...]
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 [...]