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  1. The Mystery of Art

    The Mystery of Art

    $19.95

    Subtitle: Becoming an Artist in the Image of God Emmy Award-winning actor and musician Jonathan Jackson explores the profound implications of human creativity in the image of God, along with the process of becoming an artist (of any sort) dedicated to practicing his or her art from the context of a deep relationship with God. The true Christian artist is not necessarily one who treats religious themes, but one who creates through the power of the Holy Spirit to the glory of God. About the Author Jonathan Jackson began his career in Hollywood over twenty years ago on the soap opera General Hospital. His heart-wrenching performances helped win him five Emmy Awards. Jonathan has also performed in many feature films, including The Deep End of the Ocean, Tuck Everlasting, and Insomnia. His work has taken him to many places around the world, including Ireland, Italy, Romania, and Canada. Jonathan is currently one of the stars of the ABC primetime drama, Nashville, a show centered on the inner workings of the Nashville music scene. Jonathan plays Avery Barkley, an up-and-coming singer/songwriter trying to find his way in Music City. Along with acting, Jonathan is also the lead singer of the band Enation and the author of Book of Solace and Madness, which was published in 2012. Jonathan resides in Nashville, Tennessee, where he loves spending time with his wife, Elisa, and their three children. For more, visit www.JonathanJackson.com Endorsements It will surprise some who know Jonathan Jackson only by his acting and his music that he is a man in whom the spirit of ancient Christianity dwells. He is a film star, yes, but also a mystic, a thinker, and a prophet. We should be thankful he brings all of himself to this vision of the artist inhabited by God. —Stephen Mansfield, New York Times bestselling author With uncommon attention to the matter at hand—our matter, our lives apprehended as an ongoing encounter with the Mystery of persons in the image of God—Jonathan Jackson brings into harmony the wisdom of the Fathers and the insights of great artists, past and present. The result is a compelling articulation of how the very shaping of our lives is best understood as the most precious and most efficacious of arts. —Scott Cairns, Author of Compass of Affection and Idiot Psalms That fine actor and, I am happy to say, my good friend, Jonathan Jackson, has written a book that is a profound meditation on the relationship of the art created by us limited human beings to the infinite Author of all beauty. I hope everyone who reads this book will find in it a source of meditation on the presence of God that can be found in the work of those who seek to add to the sum of beauty in our lives. —Msgr. Jim Lisante, Author of The Power of One, Host of Personally Speaking and Close Encounter There have been many books written on the nexus of Christian faith and the arts. I'm very happy to see that Jonathan's Christ-centered offering is original and set apart from the others. The Mystery of Art has earned a place on my shelf next to the best on the subject. —Charlie Peacock, Composer and music producer With the lyrical immediacy that narrates his own path as a Christian and an artist, Jonathan Jackson draws on both his own experience and the richness of the theological tradition of the Orthodox Church to present not only intelligent thinking on aesthetics nor his contemplations on spiritual matters, but a fresh and genuine spiritual path for all artists and indeed for all persons. A delight to read, this book is not merely written—it sings. —Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick, Author of Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy and An Introduction to God It is a delight to see Jonathan Jackson's book on Christianity and art being published by Ancient Faith. Not only does it address a question of perennial and—in our times especially—pressing interest, but does so with remarkable clarity and grace. Jonathan is a well known actor, musician, and poet, and this inspired effort to bring the insights of his Orthodox Christian faith to all forms of artistic creativity can only be welcomed as an exciting event in the intellectual history of the modern Church. —Fr. John Strickland, Author of The Making of Holy Russia I was inspired by The Mystery of Art. Jonathan Jackson’s approach to the role of an artist is holistic and challenging. He portrays the artist as a coworker with God, fashioned in His image. Throughout the book, Jonathan encourages us not only to uplift the culture, but also suffer for its renewal, with humility and love. As an artist, I was moved to contemplate the prayerful nature of each moment of creation. —Michael W. Smith, Singer/Songwriter Learn More
  2. 2015 Diary: Greek Archdiocese

    2015 Diary: Greek Archdiocese

    $18.00

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    Quick Overview This is the ninth year of this beautifully produced English language diary. The diary has been VERY popular the years. The diary has a page for every two days of the year with colour icons of the Feast or main Saint for each day. Also indicates whether or not a day is a fasting day. The Diary allows plenty of space to write personal notes or memories of the day, or upcoming appointments. It has a maroon gold-embossed cover and a red marker ribbon. Quotes from the Church Fathers can be found throughout the diary. It also includes the Easter Calendar for the next 3 years, a simple year planner, Space for contacts and notes. It will be useful for anyone wishing to acquaint themselves to the Orthodox cycle of feasts in the liturgical year. Size of the pages is A5, (half A4), with 226 pages. GOOD QUALITY TAN HARD COVER THIS YEAR Learn More
  3. Explanation of the Epistle of St Paul to the Ephesians by Blessed Theophylact of Ochrid S/c

    Explanation of the Epistle of St Paul to the Ephesians by Blessed Theophylact of Ochrid S/c

    $19.95

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    This book is the second volume published in the Chrysostom Press series of Blessed Theophylact's explanation St Paul's Epistles. These works of Blessed Theophylact of Ochrid are standard Orthodox Christian commentaries on the New Testament, condensing the wisdom of the Church since the time of the early Church Fathers. This volume incorporates an expansion of Blessed Theophylact's work by St Nicodemus of Holy Mountain, an 18th century saint who speaks with the same voice as his predecessors. Learn More
  4. 2014 Diary: Greek Archdiocese

    2014 Diary: Greek Archdiocese

    $18.00

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    This is the eighth year of this beautifully produced English language diary. The diary has been VERY popular the years. The diary has a page for every two days of the year with colour icons of the Feast or main Saint for each day. Also indicates whether or not a day is a fasting day. The Diary allows plenty of space to write personal notes or memories of the day, or upcoming appointments. It has a maroon gold-embossed cover and a red marker ribbon. Quotes from the Church Fathers can be found throughout the diary. It also includes the Easter Calendar for the next 3 years, a simple year planner, Space for contacts and notes. It will be useful for anyone wishing to acquaint themselves to the Orthodox cycle of feasts in the liturgical year. Size of the pages is A5, (half A4), with 226 pages. GOOD QUALITY MAROON HARD COVER THIS YEAR Learn More
  5. Orthodox Christianity Vol 2: Doctrine and teaching of the Orthodox Church

    Orthodox Christianity Vol 2: Doctrine and teaching of the Orthodox Church

    $52.95

    This is the second volume of a detailed and systematic exposition of the history, canonical structure, doctrine, moral and social teaching, liturgical services, and spiritual life of the Orthodox Church. The purpose of this series is to present Orthodox Christianity as an integrated theological and liturgical system, in which all elements are interconnected. Theology finds its expression and is shaped in the liturgical experience and church art—including icons, singing, and architecture. The services, in their turn, influence the ascetic practice and the personal piety of each Christian; they shape the moral and social teaching of the Church as well as its relation to other Christian confessions, non-Christian religions, and the secular world. The first volume provided an account of the historical arc of the Orthodox Church during the first ten centuries after Christ’s nativity, then examined the canonical structure of the Orthodox Church. This volume examines the sources of Orthodox doctrine in Scripture and Tradition; its teaching on God in Trinity and Unity, in his essence and in his energies; on the world and man; on Jesus Christ, the incarnate God; on the Church, the body of Christ; on the Theotokos, Mary; and on eschatology, the last things. Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev has authored numerous works on theology and church history, and is an internationally recognized composer of liturgical music. In the words of Patriarch Alexei II of blessed memory, “his many years of service to the mother church, his rich creative activity, and his broad perspective enable him to present the tradition of the Orthodox Church in all its diversity.” Learn More
  6. Begat : The King James Bible and the English Language

    Begat : The King James Bible and the English Language

    $17.95

    In Begat, best-selling language expert David Crystal offers a stimulating tour of the verbal richness and incredible reach of the King James Bible. Learn More
  7. Biblical Literacy : The Most Important People, Events and Ideas of the Hebrew Bible

    Biblical Literacy : The Most Important People, Events and Ideas of the Hebrew Bible

    $24.95

    Encyclopedic in scope, but dynamic and original in its observations and organization, Biblical Lileracy makes available in one volume the Bible's timeless stories of love, deceit, and the human condition; its most important laws and ideas; and an annotated listing of all 613 laws of the Torah for both layman and professional, there is no other reference work or interpretation of the Bible quite like this Stunning volume. Learn More
  8. Eerdmans Companion to the Bible

    Eerdmans Companion to the Bible

    $54.95

    A quality guidebook that opens up new vistas and insights into the whole Bible. Learn More
  9. Science and the Eastern Orthodox Church

    Science and the Eastern Orthodox Church

    $99.00

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    Science and the Easter Orthodox Church explores core theological and philosophical notions and contentious topics such as evolution from the vantage point of science, Orthodox theology, and the writings of popular recent Orthodox critics as well as supporters. Learn More
  10. The Cambridge History of Early Christian Literature

    The Cambridge History of Early Christian Literature

    $59.95

    Christian literature in the period c. 100–c. 400 constitutes one of the most influential textual oeuvres of any religion. The works of individual writers in shaping the various genres of Christian literature is considered, alongside three general essays, covering distinct periods in the development of Christian literature, which survey the social, cultural and doctrinal context within which Christian literature arose and was used by Christians. Learn More

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