Speaking of Books

Speaking of Books Exploring the World of Christian books

Start date: March 2009 89 episodes

Regular reviews of Christian and primarily Orthodox books, both new and old. Contributors include Nicholas Chapman, Katherine Hyde, Jane Meyer, and Fr. Michael Gillis.

 

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May 13, 2014

A Sign of God

Nicholas Chapman reviews A Sign of God: Orthodoxy 1964: A Pan-Orthodox Symposium, published by the Brotherhood of Theologians.

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Oct 07, 2013

The Making of Holy Russia

Nicholas Chapman interviews Fr. John Strickland, the author of The Making of Holy Russia: The Orthodox Church and Russian Nationalism Before the Revolution, published by Holy Trinity Publications.

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41:58
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Feb 19, 2013

Remember Thy First Love

Nicholas Chapman reviews Remember Thy First Love: The Three Stages of the Spiritual Life in the Theology of Elder Sophrony by Archimandrite Zacharias, published by the Stavropegic Monastery of St. John The Baptist.

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Jan 22, 2013

Herman, A Wilderness Saint

Nicholas Chapman reviews Herman, A Wilderness Saint: From Sarov, Russia to Kodiak, Alaska by Sergei Korsun, published by Holy Trinity Publications.

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Oct 08, 2012

The Scent of Holiness

Katherine Hyde reviews The Scent of Holiness: Lessons from a Women's Monastery by Constantina Palmer, published by Conciliar Press.

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Sep 07, 2012

The Bible for Young People

Jane G. Meyer reviews The Bible for Young People by Zoe Kanavas (illustrated by Christos Gousides), published by Narthex Press.

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Jul 30, 2012

The Russian Catechism

Nicholas Chapman reviews The Russian Catechism, Composed and Published by Order of the Czar. To Which Is Annex'd, a Short Account of the Church-Government, and Ceremonies, of the Moscovites. Illustrated with Cuts.

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Jun 22, 2012

Elizabeth Crispina Johnson

Jane G. Meyer reviews And Then Nicholas Sang and What Do You Hear, Angel?, both by Elizabeth Crispina Johnson and published by Conciliar Press.

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Apr 27, 2012

Orthodox Coloring Books

Jane G. Meyer recommends children's coloring books by Anna Larsen and Potamitis Publishing.

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Apr 13, 2012

Greece’s Dostoevsky

Nicholas Chapman reviews Greece’s Dostoevsky: The Theological Vision of Alexandros Papadiamandis by Anestis Keselopoulos, published by Protecting Veil Press.

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Mar 31, 2012

Sojourning with Angels

Katherine Hyde reviews Sojourning with Angels: The Rise of Zazriel, published by Faith & Fiction.

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Mar 02, 2012

Francis Woke Up Early

Jane G. Meyer reviews Francis Woke Up Early by Josephine Nobisso, illustrated by Maureen Hyde and published by Gingerbread House.

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Feb 04, 2012

A Champion of Good

Katherine Hyde reviews A Champion of Good: The Life of Father Ilarion by Natalia Mikhailovna Kopyttseva, published by Holy Trinity Publications.

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Dec 26, 2011

Grand Entrance

Nicholas Chapman reviews Grand Entrance: Worship on Earth as in Heaven by Edith M. Humphrey, published by Brazos Press.

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Dec 16, 2011

A Child’s Christmas in Wales

Katherine Hyde reads excerpts from A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas, published by Holiday House.

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Nov 28, 2011

The Edge of Mysterion

Fr. Michael Gillis reviews The Edge of Mysterion by Fr. Richard Rene, published by Conciliar Press.

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Oct 31, 2011

The Opposite of Art

Katherine Hyde reviews The Opposite of Art by Athol Dickson, published by Howard Books.

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Oct 27, 2011

Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy

Nicholas Chapman reviews Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy: Exploring Belief Systems Through the Lens of the Ancient Christian Faith by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick, published by Conciliar Press.

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Oct 05, 2011

The Princess and Curdie

Fr. Michael Gillis reviews The Princess and Curdie by George Macdonald, published by Johannesen Printing and Publishing.

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Sep 17, 2011

Aletheia Writing Magazine

Jane G. Meyer reviews Aletheia Writing Magazine, published by Nick and Stephanie Muzekari.

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Sep 12, 2011

Fr. George Calciu

Nicholas Chapman reviews Fr. George Calciu: Interviews, Homilies, and Talks, published by St. Herman Press.

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Aug 09, 2011

Dombey and Son

Fr. Michael Gillis reviews Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens, published by Vintage Classics.

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Jul 21, 2011

Gennady Spirin

Jane G. Meyer discusses the series of children's books illustrated by the Russian artist Gennady Spirin.

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Jul 13, 2011

A History of the English Church and People

Nicholas Chapman reviews A History of the English Church and People by the Venerable Bede, published by Penguin Classics.

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Jun 16, 2011

Descent Into Hell

Fr. Michael Gillis reviews Descent Into Hell by Charles Williams, published by Eerdman's Publishing Company.

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Jun 06, 2011

The Heart of Russia

Nicholas Chapman reviews The Heart of Russia: Trinity-Sergius, Monasticism and Society after 1825 by Scott Mark Kenworthy, published by Oxford University Press.

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May 28, 2011

Letters to St. Lydia

Jane G. Meyer reviews Letters to St. Lydia written by Melinda Johnson, published by Conciliar Press.

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May 02, 2011

Testament of Memory

Katherine Hyde reviews Testament of Memory: A Siberian Life by Mikhail Chevalkov, translated by John Warden and published by Holy Trinity Publications.

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Apr 18, 2011

Heavenly Participation

Fr. Michael Gillis reviews Heavenly Participation: The Weaving of a Sacramental Tapestry by Hans Boersma, published by Wm. B. Eerdsmans.

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Apr 08, 2011

Child of Light: The Greek Orthodox Baptism Book

Jane G. Meyer reviews, Child of Light: The Greek Orthodox Baptism Book, written by Jamie Jameson, and illustrated by Pat Kaufman. This book was recently published by ArtSource Publishing and printed by Light and Life.

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Mar 22, 2011

The Divine Liturgy -  A Commentary in Light of the Fathers

Nicholas Chapman reviews The Divine Liturgy - A Commentary in Light of the Fathers by Hieromonk Gregarios, published by Cell of St. John the Theologian, Koutloumousiou Monastery, Mount Athos.

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Mar 08, 2011

Friends for the Journey

Katherine Hyde reviews Friends for the Journey by Madeline L'Engle and Lucy Shaw, published by Servant Publications.

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Feb 25, 2011

Emma

Fr. Michael reviews Emma by Jane Austen, published by Penguin.

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Jan 07, 2011

The Mayor of Casterbridge

Fr. Michael Gillis reviews The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy, published by Penguin.

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Dec 23, 2010

Aidan’s Song

Nicholas Chapman reviews Aidan's Song: A Year in the Life of a Parish Priest by Fr. Aidan Wilcoxson, published by Conciliar Press.

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Dec 16, 2010

Three Christmas Books for Children

Jane G. Meyer reviews three children's books just in time for Christmas. The first is The Miracle of St. Nicholas by Gloria Whelan, published by Bethlehem Books. The second book is Prepare O Bethlehem: The Feast of the Nativity, illustrated for children by Niko Choceli and published by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press. The final book is The Donkey's Dream by Helen Berger, published by Philomel Books.

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Nov 17, 2010

Jane Austen

Katherine Hyde discusses the works of Jane Austen, providing her top ten reasons to read these classic novels.

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Oct 31, 2010

Our Mutual Friend

Fr. Michael Gillis reviews Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens, published by Penguin.

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Oct 23, 2010

Hidden and Triumphant

Nicholas Chapman reviews Hidden and Triumphant by Irina Yazykova, published by Paraclete Press.

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Oct 15, 2010

Bearing the Saint

Jane G. Meyer reviews Bearing the Saint by Donna Farley, published by Conciliar Press.

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Sep 21, 2010

Community of Grace

Katherine Hyde reviews Community of Grace by Mary Alice Cook, published by Conciliar Press.

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Sep 04, 2010

War and Peace

Fr. Michael Gillis reviews War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. The publisher is Alfred Knopf.

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Jul 19, 2010

Heavenly Realm

Nicholas Chapman reviews Heavenly Realm: Lay Sermons by Fr. Seraphim Rose, published by St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood.

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Jun 13, 2010

The Ravens of Farne

Jane G. Meyer reviews The Ravens of Farne: A Tale of Saint Cuthbert by Donna Farley, published by Conciliar Press.

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May 15, 2010

The Great Church in Captivity

Nicholas Chapman reviews the book, The Great Church in Captivity by Steve Runciman, published by Cambridge University Press.

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Apr 30, 2010

A Pocketful of Seeds

Jane G. Meyer reviews A Pocketful of Seeds by Sylvia Leontaritis, published by St. Nectarios Press.

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Apr 14, 2010

The Brothers Karamazov

Katherine Hyde reviews The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

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Mar 19, 2010

Steps of Transformation

Nicholas Chapman reviews Steps of Transformation: An Orthodox Priest Explores the Twelves Steps by Fr. Meletios Webber, published by Conciliar Press.

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Mar 11, 2010

Bring Forth the Best Robes

Jane G. Meyer reviews Bring Forth the Best Robes: A Spiritual Understanding of Severus Snape by the self-published and anonymous author Logos Pilgrim.

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Feb 23, 2010

The Little White Horse

Katherine Hyde reviews The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge, published by Puffin Classics.

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Feb 05, 2010

Way of the Ascetics

Nicholas Chapman reviews Way of the Ascetics by Tito Colliander, published by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press.

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Jan 31, 2010

Lucia: Saint of Light

Jane G. Meyer reviews Lucia: Saint of Light by Katherine Bolger Hyde, published by Conciliar Press.

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Jan 22, 2010

Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives

Katherine Hyde reviews Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives: the Life and Teachings of Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica, published by St. Herman Press.

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Jan 08, 2010

Beauty for Ashes

Nicholas Chapman reviews Beauty for Ashes: The Spiritual Transformation of a Modern Greek Community by Stephen R. Lloyd-Moffett, published by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press.

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Dec 29, 2009

The Jesus Prayer

Jane G. Meyer reviews The Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer That Tunes the Heart to God by Frederica Mathewes-Green, published by Paraclete Press.

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Dec 18, 2009

The Woman and the Wheat

Katherine Hyde reviews The Woman and the Wheat by Jane G. Meyer, published by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press.

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Dec 17, 2009

On the Incarnation

Nicholas Chapman reviews On the Incarnation by St. Athanasius the Great of Alexandria, published by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press.

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Dec 11, 2009

The Winter Pascha

Ginny Nieuwsma reviews The Winter Pascha by Fr. Thomas Hopko, published by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press.

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Dec 08, 2009

Break the Holy Bread, Master

Jane G. Meyer reviews Break the Holy Bread, Master: A Theology of Communion Bread by Sergei Sveshnikov, published by BookSurge Publishing.

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Nov 24, 2009

The End of Suffering

Katherine Hyde reviews The End of Suffering: Finding Purpose in Pain by Scott Cairns, published by Paraclete Press.

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Nov 15, 2009

My Life in Christ

Nicholas Chapman reviews My Life in Christ: Extracts from the Diary of St. John of Kronstadt by St. John of Kronstadt, published by Holy Trinity Monastery Press.

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Nov 10, 2009

Child’s Paradise of Saints

Ginny Nieuwsma reviews Child's Paradise of Saints by Nun Nectaria Mclees, published by Christ the Savior Brotherhood Publishing.

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Nov 02, 2009

A Cry of Stone

Jane G. Meyer reviews A Cry of Stone by Michael D. O'Brien, published by Ignatius Press.

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Oct 31, 2009

The Screwtape Letters

Katherine Hyde reviews The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis, published by HarperCollins.

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Oct 16, 2009

Father Arseny, 1893-1973

Nicholas Chapman reviews Father Arseny, 1893-1973: Priest, Prisoner, Spiritual Father, translated by Vera Bouteneff and published by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press.

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Oct 14, 2009

Naming the Child

Ginny Nieuwsma reviews Naming the Child: Hope-filled Reflections on Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Death by Jenny Schroedel, published by Paraclete Press.

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Oct 02, 2009

The Fragrance of God

Jane G. Meyer reviews The Fragrance of God by Vigen Guroian, published by W. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

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Sep 25, 2009

Acedia and Me

Katherine Hyde reviews Acedia and Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life by Kathleen Norris, published by Riverhead Hardcover.

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Sep 18, 2009

The Anointing of the Sick

Nicholas Chapman reviews The Anointing of the Sick by Paul Meyendorff, published by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press.

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Sep 14, 2009

The Mountain of Silence

Ginny Nieuwsma reviews The Mountain of Silence: A Search for Orthodox Spirituality by Kyriacos Markides, published by Image.

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Sep 04, 2009

Potamitis Publishing

Jane G. Meyer reviews four children's books from Potamitis Publishing, all written by Dionysios and Egle-Ekaterine Potamitis.

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Aug 29, 2009

Short Trip to the Edge

Katherine Hyde reviews Short Trip to the Edge: Where Earth Meets Heaven—A Pilgrimage by Scott Kairns, published by HarperOne.

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Aug 21, 2009

Bread & Water, Wine & Oil

Nicholas Chapman reviews Bread & Water, Wine & Oil: An Orthodox Christian Experience of God by Fr. Meletios Webber, published by Conciliar Press.

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Aug 06, 2009

The Journals of Fr. Alexander Schmemann

Ginny Nieuwsma reviews The Journals of Fr. Alexander Schmemann, published by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press.

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Jul 24, 2009

Praying with Icons

Jane G. Meyer reviews Praying with Icons by Jim Forest, published by Orbis Books.

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Jul 15, 2009

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

Katherine Hyde reviews The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith, published by Anchor Books.

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Jul 03, 2009

The Book of Pastoral Rule

Nicholas Chapman reviews The Book of Pastoral Rule (2007) by St. Gregory the Great, published by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press.

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Jun 29, 2009

Pearl of Great Price

Ginny Nieuwsma reviews Pearl of Great Price: The Life of Mother Maria Skobtsova by Sergei Hackel, published by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press.

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Jun 23, 2009

From I-ville to You-ville

Jane G. Meyer reviews From I-ville to You-ville: The Timeless Wisdom of Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain for Children and Adults by Mersine Vigopoulou, published by Uncut Mountain Press (2006).

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Jun 13, 2009

The Culturally Savvy Christian

Katherine Hyde reviews The Culturally Savvy Christian: A Manifesto for Deepening Faith and Enriching Popular Culture in an Age of Christianity-Lite by Dick Staub, published by Jossey-Bass.

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Jun 04, 2009

Gilead

Nicholas Chapman reviews the novel Gilead by Marilyn Robinson, published by Picador.

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May 28, 2009

A Trace in the Sand

Jane G. Meyer reviews A Trace in the Sand: A Tale of the Early Martyrs by the Zoe Brotherhood of Theologians, published by Saint Herman Press.

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May 26, 2009

Children in the Church Today

Ginny Nieuwsma reviews Children in the Church Today: An Orthodox Perspective by Sister Magdalen, published by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press.

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May 14, 2009

Peace Like a River

Katherine Hyde reviews Peace Like a River by Leif Enger, published by Atlantic Monthly Press.

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May 07, 2009

The Boundless Garden

Nicholas Chapman reviews The Boundless Garden: Selected Short Stories, Vol. 1 by Alexandros Papadiamandis.

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May 01, 2009

Precious Vessels of the Holy Spirit

Ginny Nieuwsma reviews Precious Vessels of the Holy Spirit: The Lives and Counsels of Contemporary Elders of Greece by H. Middleton, published by Protecting Veil Press (2003).

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Apr 24, 2009

The Road to Emmaus: Pilgrimage as a Way of Life

Jane G. Meyer reviews The Road to Emmaus by Jim Forest, published by Orbis Books.

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Apr 17, 2009

The Gurus, the Young Man, and Elder Paisios

Katherine Hyde reviews this gripping spiritual memoir by Dionysios Farasiotis, published by St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood (2008).

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Mar 16, 2009

How To Live A Holy Life by Metropolitan Gregory

In this first episode, Nicholas Chapman reviews this helpful little book originally written in Russian and available from Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY (http://jordanville.org/).

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