Living According To God’s Will

Living According To God’s Will was written by Metropolitan Philaret, first hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, whose relics were found to be incorrupt, indicating a saintly life. This book is aimed at those who are new to the Orthodox

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What Is Orthodox Christianity?

The Holy Standards was given to me by my godfather after I was received into ROCOR. It’s a compilation of the sacred creeds, confessions, and catechisms that make up the foundation of the Orthodox Church. Specifically, it contains the Nicene-Constantinopolitan

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Orthodoxy And The Religion Of The Future

Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future is one of Father Seraphim Rose’s most popular works, apparently moreso in Russia than in the United States, where I read that it is offered for sale in subway stations (in America, good

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How To Live A Simple Life

On Living Simply by St. John Chrysostom is a little book that is packed with Christian wisdom. As an anti-materialist, St. John teaches the Christian to keep his eyes on the next world instead of accumulating wealth in this

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The Orthodoxy Of Early Christian Writings

One thing I like about Orthodoxy is that it hasn’t strayed from the teachings of the Church Fathers. To verify this, I dived into Early Christians Writings, a compendium of non-canonical epistles that aided the first few centuries of

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Saint Joseph The Hesychast

Saint Joseph was a Greek monk who achieved the heights of theosis on Mount Athos in the middle of the 20th century. His perfection of hesychasm (advanced interior prayer) caused many monastics to follow him, including Elder Ephraim,

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How To Live A Holy Life

I didn’t expect much from How To Live A Holy Life, a compact 150-page book written by Metropolitan Postnikov in 1856, but it turned out to be one of my favorite books on the Orthodox faith, offering practical advice

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Don't Fear Poverty

Don’t Fear Poverty

On Wealth and Poverty is my second book by Saint John Chrysostom, a Church Father who is highly venerated in the Orthodox Church. It is difficult to find a set of his complete works so the best I can

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