Inner River: a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Christian Spirituality

Inner River: a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Christian Spirituality by Kyriacos C. Markides Published by Image Press, 2012   Inner River addresses Christian Mysticism – and specifically the unbroken Orthodox Tradition – as naturally concurrent to mainstream science; revealing that the fundamentals of Christianity preserved by Orthodoxy hold the means to come into a relationship with our Creator and are the medicine in ‘resurrecting’ both God and man who humanity ‘killed’ in the 19th and 20th centuries, according to the socialists. The author, himself a professor of sociology, enquires into monasticism on Mt Athos, Sinai and Cyprus, the spiritual [...]

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Mount Athos: The highest place on earth

Mount Athos: The highest place on earth, by Metropolitan Nikolaos of Mesogaia. Published by En Plo Editions, 2008   Mount Athos: The highest place on earth describes Metropolitan Nikolaos’ personal experiences of the Holy Mountain. The book captures the authentic experience of Mount Athos, with vivid descriptions of the rough landscape, stories of holy monks, and explanations of Athonite traditions such as the ‘Avaton’ rule. The author presents himself as a young and educated man who is fascinated by asceticism, but is reluctant to experience it himself. He struggles with his own calling to monasticism from the outset, and only [...]

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Living Prayer

Living Prayer   Living Prayer by Metropolitan Anthony Metropolitan Bloom covers many topics relating to prayer and gives advice on how to begin and maintain a life of prayer. Bloom highlights the power of well-known prayers such as The Lord’s Prayer and The Jesus Prayer as ‘complete’ prayers which affirm our Faith. Metropolitan Bloom uses Biblical examples to highlight the great faith of certain people. One example used is the prayer of Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46), when the blind Bartimaeus exclaims, “Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy upon me”. Metropolitan Bloom uses the perseverance of Bartimaeus, who as a blind [...]

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The Way of a Pilgrim

The Way of a Pilgrim Hope Publishing House, 2nd Edition, 1989 The Way of a Pilgrim is a story of an 18th century Russian pilgrim who encounters and experiences the deeper meaning of prayer through his life of struggle and yearning for God. His deep interest and enlightenment began when one day he entered a Liturgy during the Epistle reading and heard the words “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess 5:17). The pilgrim made it his mission to understand their importance, and went to find a spiritual father. After some time, and by the grace of God, an old man guided [...]

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The Illumined Heart by Frederica Mathewes-Green

The Illumined Heart by Frederica Mathewes-Green Published by Paraclete Press (2007) • Why are modern Christians so indistinguishable from everyone else? • How come Christians who lived in times of bloodly persecution were so heroic, while we who live in safety are not? • How could the first Christians fast valiantly, but we feel deprived without dessert? • How did the New Testament believers pray without ceasing? • How could the early Christian martyrs actually forgive their torturers? • What did the Christians of the first century know that we don't? That is what this book is about. Frederica Mathewes-Green [...]

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