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  1. When God Is Not There

    When God Is Not There

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    The world we live in has been called a ‘vale of tears’, a ‘place of weeping’ – perhaps with good reason. Wherever you turn you see pain, sorrow, undeserved suffering, death, and sin. The ‘ruler of this world’ (Jn 12: 31), the ‘world ruler’ (Eph. 6:12) is the devil. He is constantly to be seen. God, who is named ‘He who is’, meaning the One from whom everything comes into being, is nowhere to be seen. ‘No one has seen God at any time’ (John 1:18). That is why his very existence is a matter of dispute. He has, however, ‘revealed himself’ (John 21:1), and he promises to manifest himself to whomsoever keeps his commandments and loves him: ‘I will manifest myself to him’ (John 14:21). This book records simple events and conversations, all the while grappling with difficult questions. We see the human struggle to discover the person of God when that is veiled by the logic of this world, our limited understanding, and the arrogant pretensions of human littleness. The book engages intensely with complex and difficult issues . . . but which leave us confused and at times scandalised. What it does not do is give any direct answers, or try to persuade the reader through logic or impressive arguments. Its aim is to convey the sense of the discreet yet persuasive presence of the true God precisely in situations where He is not visible: in pain, in disability, in the tragedies of life, in inexorable death, as this comes across in true events and is reflected in the lives of real people. Learn More
  2. In God's Hands

    In God's Hands

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    Subtitle: A Mother’s Journey through Her Infant’s Critical Illness Popular AFR podcaster Elissa Bjeletich (“Raising Saints”) tells the story of her youngest daughter’s battle with liver disease, showing how her doubt, fear, and impatience gave way to faith in God’s providence. About the Author Elissa Bjeletich is the author of the popular Ancient Faith Radio podcast, Raising Saints: Educating Our Youth in the Orthodox Faith, Both at Home and in the Parish. Educated in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, she currently serves as the Sunday school director at Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church. Elissa lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Marko, and her five daughters. Learn More
  3. Becoming Human: Meditations on Christian Anthropology in Word and Image

    Becoming Human: Meditations on Christian Anthropology in Word and Image

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    This book reflects upon various dimensions and implications of the astounding fact that Christ shows us what it is to be God by the way he dies as a human being and, in so doing, simultaneously shows us what it is to be a human being. Connecting the end—“It is finished”—with the beginning—“Let us make a human being” Fr John Behr challenges us to think again about who we are, as male and female, what we are called to become, and the relation between life and death in this journey. Presented in a poetic and meditative manner, adorned by images and offset quotations, this book inclines the reader towards a meditative reading, weighing, rather than skimming, each word and image. The Very Rev. Dr John Behr is the Dean of St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Professor of Patristics, and the Editor of the Popular Patristics Series. He is also the author of The Way to Nicaea, The Nicene Faith and The Mystery of Christ: Life in Death, all available from SVS Press. "In the Church we are still on the road to Emmaus," says Fr John Behr. This is just one of the many striking phrases in this short but far-sighted book. Fr John has the precious gift of expressing profound truths in simple language. I note in particular the way in which he envisages human nature in dynamic terms, not as something "given" once for all, but as an uncompleted project. I shall also remember what he says about death as a starting-point, not an end-point. The text is enhanced by the many illustrations: there is a skillful interplay between word and image. This is a book to read and re-read. ~Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia Learn More
  4. Law of God

    Law of God

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    This is the English edition of the classic Russian textbook designed for parents to teach their children "all the fundamental points of the Orthodox Christian faith and way of life." Because children are growing up quickly in a society that raises serious and agonizing questions the author does not teach in naive stories that remain stories only. It offers an overview of the whole of the Old and New Testaments as well as instruction on prayer, worship and what it means to live by the teaching of the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes. Well illustrated with black and white photographs and icons. The 2011 printing has a green cover and a notch binding for durablilty. Learn More
  5. Holiness: Is it Attainable Today?

    Holiness: Is it Attainable Today?

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    In all of his writings, Fr. Moses is an eloquent and dynamic exponent of Orthodox Christianity. Not only is his literary style succinct and delightful, but, more importantly, his Orthodox theology is crystal clear, well balanced, and extraordinarily convincing for the existential condition of contemporary man. The theme and the premise of this beautiful book are truly inspiring and full of consolation and spiritual joy for those who would take up the struggle for an authentic spiritual life that is truly Orthodox and therefore also truly Christian. The answer to the question in this book's title is a resounding "Yes!" Holiness is indeed attainable today, as the readers of this book will see for themselves. - From the translator's foreword by Fr. Peter A. Chamberas Learn More
  6. On Christian ethics

    On Christian ethics

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    Jacob N. Van Sickle, a scholar specializing in Early and Byzantine Christianity. is a PhD Candidate in Historical Theology at Saint Louis University. He earned his MDiv and ThM from St Vladimir's Seminary. Learn More
  7. In the Eyes of your Creator. Truly Valuing Yourself and Others

    In the Eyes of your Creator. Truly Valuing Yourself and Others

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    David Fontes was born in California. During his college years he developed a strong personal relationship with God and wrestled with whether he should become a priest or a psychologist. He ended up becoming both an Orthodox priest and a licensed clinical psychologist. Along with years of pastoral care for others, he has counseled thousands of state employees through the Employee Assistance Program and hundreds of patients in his private practice. Learn More
  8. The Role of Death in Life. A Multidisciplinary Examination of the Relationship between Life and Death

    The Role of Death in Life. A Multidisciplinary Examination of the Relationship between Life and Death

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    A Multidisciplinary Examination of the Relationship between Life and Death The relation between life and death is a subject of perennial relevance for all human beings--and indeed, the whole world and the entire universe, in as much as, according to the saying of ancient Greek philosophy, all things that come into being pass away. "In this book, the mutual implication of death and life is demonstrated from an astronomical level, in the emergence of human life from the death of stars, to the molecular level where death enables the emergence of cellular life, through anthropological, philosophical, and theological insights, to the realm of medical care for the dying, where it is claimed that 'only theology can save medicine.' A profound and challenging book." --Andrew Louth, Professor Emeritus of Patristic and Byzantine Studies, Durham University, United Kingdom "How can Christians defend the place of natural death and the death consequent upon sin, while continuing to insist upon the undying character of true life as such and so the reality of resurrection? These penetrating essays by several of the leading theological thinkers of our times will powerfully help the reader to ponder these crucial matters of our contemporary mortality." --John Milbank, Research Professor and Director of the Centre of Theology and Philosophy, University of Nottingham "For once, it is not a polite exaggeration to say this is a 'unique' book. The breadth of disciplines represented and the originality of the analysis offered make it an exceptional contribution to current debates. Anyone who thinks the dialogue between theology and the natural sciences is, at best, an exchange of uncomprehending platitudes, will have to think again in the face of these expert, challenging essays, which show that an orthodox theology of our embodied condition can be culturally transformative." --Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge "A substantive, important, and provocative volume. The insights of the essays it encompasses will richly reward the reader." --H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr., Professor of Philosophy, Rice University, Professor Emeritus, Baylor College of Medicine Learn More
  9. Passions And Virtues - Spiritual Counsels of St Paisios of Mount Athos, vol 5

    Passions And Virtues - Spiritual Counsels of St Paisios of Mount Athos, vol 5

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    St. Paisios of Mount Athos (Greek: Γέροντας Παΐσιος ο Αγιορείτης), born Arsenios Eznepidis, was a well-known Eastern Orthodox monk from Farasa, Cappadocia. He is famous for his spiritual teachings. Many people worldwide, especially in Greece and in Russia, highly venerate Elder Paisios and anticipate his formal canonization as a saint in the near future. Learn More
  10. Glory and Honor. Orthodox Christian Resources on Marriage

    Glory and Honor. Orthodox Christian Resources on Marriage

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    The Orthodox Church embodies a living Tradition that integrates a long, unbroken practice of marriage with its theology, cosmology, liturgy, mystical asceticism, and anthropology. As such, the Church has a great deal to offer all those who desire to come to a deeper understanding of marriage and family life. This collection draws upon the riches of this Tradition to present an inspiring vision of Christian marriage, and to offer insights and guidance about marriage and family life that are adapted to modern questions and challenges, yet grounded firmly in the global teaching and practice of the Church. The experienced clergy, scholars, and professionals contributing to this volume come from a wide variety of Orthodox Christian communities present in North America, including the Orthodox Church in America, the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, and the Antiochian, Greek, and Serbian Orthodox Archdioceses of America. EDITORS: Dr David C. Ford is Professor of Church History at St Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary, South Canaan, PA. and is the author of Women and Men in the Early Church: The Full Views of St. John Chrysostom. Dr Mary S. Ford is Associate Professor of New Testament at St Tikhon’s Seminary. Together the Fords wrote Marriage as a Path to Holiness: Lives of Married Saints. Dr Alfred K. Siewers is Warden of Holy Protection Russian Orthodox Mission Church and Associate Professor of English at Bucknell University. CONTENTS: Introduction: “Crown Them With Glory and Honor” Drs David C. Ford, Mary S. Ford, and Alfred Kentigern Siewers (co-editors) The Glory of Marriage Dr David C. Ford, St Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary Theophany, Liturgy, and the Appearance of Marriage at Three Fractal Levels Dr Timothy Patitsas, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology; with Melissa Likiardopoulos, Fordham University Sacred Image, Sacred Marriage Presvytera Kerry Pappas, LMFT, Marriage and Family Ministry, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese How to “Make” Love: Living a Scriptural Understanding of Love, Instead of Dying for Romantic Love Fr Daniel Mackay, Serbian Orthodox Diocese of the West The Glory of Virginity before Marriage Fr Dn Matthew Joyner, St Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Common Cup, Common Crucible: Preparing for the Salvation of Marriage Fr John Oliver, Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of America The High and Holy Calling of Being a Wife Kh. Frederica Mathewes-Green, Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of America The High and Holy Calling of Being a Husband Dr Philip Mamalakis, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology Sexual Intimacy in an Orthodox Marriage Dr Albert S. Rossi, St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary Transfiguring “Voluptuous Choice”: Christian Marriage as a Spiritual Path Fr Dn Stephen Muse, Ph.D., LFMT, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in America Lessons from the River Oka: Toward an Icon of Marital Chastity Dr Bruce V. Foltz, Eckerd College The Family Critically Reconsidered: Conflicting Accounts Dr H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., Rice University Icons of the 'Nuclear' Family Archpriest Alexander F. C. Webster, Ph.D., Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia St Gregory the Theologian, “the Stamp of God,” and Raising Christian Children Today Dr Mark Tarpley, Orthodox Church in America Desires and Human Flourishing Dr Mary S. Ford, St Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary Managing Thoughts (Logismoi) for Flourishing Relationships Fr Alexios (Trader), Karakallou Monastery, Mount Athos Internet Pornography as a Virus in Marriage Dr Albert S. Rossi, St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary The Importance of Spiritual Direction for Marriage Fr Theodore Petrides, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America The Unique Challenges of Intermarried Couples Fr Charles Joanides, Ph.D., LFMT, Nyack College Helping Married Couples When They Are Stuck Dr Philip Mamalakis, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology Learning to Love as God Loves: On Christian Marriage and Monasticism Archpriest Thomas Hopko, late Dean Emeritus, St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary Marriage and Monasticism: A Brief Reflection Fr Zacharias (Zachariou), St John the Baptist Monastery, Essex, UK What is Marriage? Addressing Contemporary Misunderstandings Fr Sergei Sveshnikov, Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia Some Brief Reflections on the Gay Lifestyle in the Church Fr Edward Hillhouse, Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of America Speaking the Truth in Love: Conviction, Clarity, and Compassion regarding Marriage and Sexuality Fr John Oliver, Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of America Some Common Sense about the Genders: A Talk to College Students Kh. Frederica Mathewes-Green, Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of America Traditional Marriage and our Youth Fr Gregory Horton, Antiochian Orthodox Diocese of the West From Genesis to Dormition Fr Matthew Baker, Ph.D., formerly of Hellenic College Mystagogical, Cosmological, and Counter-Cultural: Contemporary Orthodox Apologetics for Marriage Dr Alfred Kentigern Siewers, Bucknell University Inspiration for Today from the Married Saints Dr David C. Ford, St Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary Noteworthy Quotations relating to Marriage from within the Orthodox Tradition through the Centuries Appendix 1: Hierarchical Statements on Marriage An Encyclical by the Assembly of Bishops of North and Central America, 2013 A Message on Marriage by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, 2014 Appendix 2: Suggested Resources Learn More

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