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The Orthodox Church and Ecumenism
by Saint Justin Popovich

The long-awaited English translation (by Benjamin Emmanuel Stanley) of Fr. Justin’s important work contrasting the ecclesiology of the Holy Orthodox Church with the humanistic ecumenism of the west. This book is a treasure!





Lantern of Grace
by Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov

“LANTERN OF GRACE” — a memorable and beautifully illustrated book by Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov on the glorification of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco, first published in Russian in 1999 and rapidly sold out, has now been translated into English.

This unique historical work, a hardbound publication of true splendor, 144 pages, lavishly illustrated with 118 rare color photographs is now being offered to the English-speaking reader.




Orthodox Psychotherapy
by Bishop of Nafpaktos Hierotheos, (Vlachos)

This book contains the important message that the church can heal an ailing personality. The term "Orthodox Psychotherapy" does not refer to specific cases of people suffering from psychological problems of neurosis. Rather it refers to all people. According to Orthodox Tradition, after Adam's fall man became ill; his "nous" was darkened and lost communion with God. Death entered into the person's being and caused many anthropological, social, even ecological problems. In the tragedy of his fall man maintained the image of God within him but lost completely the the likeness of Him, since his communion with God was disrupted. However the incarnation of Christ and the work of the church aim at enabling the person to attain to the likeness of God, that is to reestablish communion with God.

This passage way from a fallen state to divinization is called the healing of the person, because it is connected with his return from a state of being contrary to nature, to that of a state according to nature and above nature. By adhering to Orthodox therapeuthic treatment as conceived by the Holy Fathers of Church man can cope succesfully with his thoughts (logismoi) and thus solve his problems completely and comprehensively.

OrthodoxPhotos.com webmaster's note: I highly recommend this book to all the people that suffer from depression and anxiety. If you have such problems (or you know someone else that does), try to order this book. It will give the reader a clear perspective upon what depression is, and it will also show you how you can cure this problem, with the help of the Church.

  • Publisher: Holy Monastery of Birth of Theotokos
  • Review book on: Pelgia




The Way of a Pilgrim
and the Pilgrim Continues His Way

by Helen Bacovcin (Translator), Walter Ciszek

The book description of a reader from amazon.com:

"The story takes place in Russia in the nineteenth century. Our pilgrim is a man who has lost his family and his home, is slightly disabled, and who is burning with a passion for God. He hears a sermon on the necessity of constant prayer, and in his eagerness to find out how this is possible, sets out on a journey across Russia to meet with any spiritual advisor who can instruct him. One of these holy fathers introduces him to the Philokalia and the Prayer of the Heart. In passing along the instruction, however, the pilgrim is really teaching us, the readers.

This book is filled with sound teaching, but, unlike other books on spirituality/theology, it does not tell us what to do, but rather lets the pilgrim, through narrative and dialogue, tell what he himself did. The instruction unfolds along with the story, touching the reader's heart and soul in the process."

OrthodoxPhotos.com webmaster's note: I read this book and I recommend it to everyone that would like to better understand the concept of true orthodox humility. It can give us an example for many other things too (ie: prayer), however, out of all the aspects covered by the pilgrim's way of life,
I think the most impressing one is the humility. No other book managed to show me in such a realistic manner this aspect, like this book.

  • ISBN: 0385468148
  • Publisher: Image Books; Reprint edition (February 10, 1978)
  • Review book on: amazon.com





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