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The Orthodox Book Club

Discussion in 'St. Athanasius Chapel and Reference Library' started by Suzannah, Oct 19, 2004.

  1. Suzannah

    Suzannah A sinner

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    Where members discuss their latest Orthodox bestsellers from the last 2000 years....

    :)

    Enjoy
     
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  2. Reader Nilus

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    And maybe some that were not bestsellers.
    Reader Nilus
     
  3. Suzannah

    Suzannah A sinner

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    :)

    Could it be that they didn't sell well because they were just too sensational?
     
  4. Reader Nilus

    Reader Nilus SISU

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    St Ambrose of Optinia would be good, but the book about him is very rare now, although excellent.
    STARETZ AMVROSY: Model for Dostoevesky's Zossima by John Dunlop
    Reader Nilus
     
  5. Nickolai

    Nickolai Eastern Orthodox Priest

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  6. MariaRegina

    MariaRegina Well-Known Member

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    The Mountain of Silence

    by Kyriacos Markides

    and available through www.Amazon.com in paperback

    [p.s. I don't work for Amazon.com]
     
  7. Nickolai

    Nickolai Eastern Orthodox Priest

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    I second that, Great book. The stories of Elder Pasious are amazing. I like the one about the bear the most.
     
  8. Marjorie

    Marjorie Senior Veteran

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    I love The Mountain of Silence as well. Also, Pomazansky's book was probably the first book I read on Orthodoxy.

    Has anyone else here read this book by Peter France called A Place of Healing for the Soul: Patmos? I found it at some bookstore somewhere, in the travel writing section, but it's actually more of a conversion story from agnosticism to Orthodox Christianity. It's short and simple and I quite liked it.

    In IC XC,
    Marjorie
     
  9. tizziale

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    I loved the Mountain of Silence. I just started Way of the Ascetics and it too is great.

    rusty
     
  10. Reader Nilus

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    I recommend the A Night in the Desert of the Holy Mountain by Met. HIEROTHEOS (Vlachos).
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  11. nicodemus

    nicodemus Orthodox Christian

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    Haven't read it yet, but I own it. I've been considering starting it for a while.
     
  12. ExOrienteLux

    ExOrienteLux The thread killer

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    How about the good old standby The Way of a Pilgrim ?
     
  13. Thomas C.

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    Here's one I heard was good, haven't read it...yet;)

    Pilgrimage to Dzhvari: A Woman's Journey of Spiritual Awakening
    by Valeria Alfeyeva
     
  14. Reader Nilus

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    That is a great book, and one that would be very good for non-Christians as well! I highly recommend it!
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  15. Suzannah

    Suzannah A sinner

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    Can't wait to read it.... ;)

    Try this one: (if you can get it; it's from a publisher in Greece):
    Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain by Priestmonk Christodoulos.
     
  16. Vasya Davidovich

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    Hmmmm. Quick thoughts (some of my favourites):

    Old standby:
    Philokalia
    The Sayings of the Desert Fathers,translated by Benedicta Ward.

    New but good:
    Way of the Ascetics, by Tito Colliander
    Come Follow Me: Orthodox Monasticism in Moldavia, by Mother Cassiana

    Can someone give me a run-through of what River of Fire is about? I found it referenced a couple times in the Testimonies sticky.

    -Vasya.
     
  17. xsearnold

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    Anyone read Dancing Alone by Frank Schaeffer?
     
  18. Suzannah

    Suzannah A sinner

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    Yes. This is a very good book. It has been criticised for Franks' frustrated tone throughout, but over all, a very good read in my opinion. Thanks for listing it here!
    :)
     
  19. Suzannah

    Suzannah A sinner

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    Hi Vasya,

    Re: River of Fire: I haven't read this book, but I have seen it mentioned also, as a good resource. I hope someone will post their thoughts on it as I have thought about getting it myself. Thanks for your other recommendations! The one by Mother Cassiana sounds really interesting!
    :)
     
  20. gzt

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    River of Fire is a short polemic work, maybe 30 pages, about God's love, the nature of hell, and whether evil comes from God. His method is to contrast a Western conception of God which claims He is the author of evil and delights in our suffering with the Orthodox knowledge of God. The Western outlook he criticizes is a bit of a strawman, and I believe the true Western picture is far closer to the Orthodox picture, but the strawman does haunt all Western thought and one must be aware of it.
     
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