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Mor Ephrem
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« on: Yesterday at 12:27:19 PM »

I was recently approached by a local gentleman with an unusual request.  Arabic, not English, is his first language, and while he's quite proficient in English, there is room for improvement and he would like to work on it, so he asked me if I would be willing to sit with him once a week and read.  He specified that he's interested in spiritual books like lives of the saints, works on prayer and repentance, and other topics that would roughly fall under the category of pastoral or practical theology. 

I'm not sure what the format of our meetings will be, but what I'm looking for is book recommendations.  I need books that are simple enough that he won't have to look up every other word in the dictionary (he mentioned that he's read books that required this and eventually put them down due to the frustration and lack of time), but challenging enough that he will make progress and find the time and effort not to have been wasted.   


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« Reply #1 on: Yesterday at 12:31:12 PM »

The Way of Ascetics by Tito Colliander

Orthodox, very down-to-Earth and available free of charge online.


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« Reply #2 on: Yesterday at 12:36:45 PM »

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom books seem like the type of English that would help

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« Reply #3 on: Yesterday at 12:53:47 PM »

I've been meaning to diversify into books that are outside of religion.
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