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« on: April 27, 2004, 05:12:40 PM »

Well folks, every summer I try to read extra stuff to keep my mind sharp (and avoid going out in the hot sun Grin), so I need your recomendations for books to read.  I am already reading Law of God and Orthodox Alaska, but any other suggestions you have would be really helpful.  I have access to InterLibraryLoan (dad's a librarian).

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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2004, 05:41:22 PM »

Have you read "The Screwtape Letters" by C. S. Lewis?  No, he wasn't EO, but he has some very clear sighted things to say.  It's written as a series of letters from a senior devil to a young tempter trying to work on a human.

Then again, do you mean just Serious things or could I recommend some lighter fiction along the lines of 'all work and no play... eventually makes everything tired."


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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2004, 05:45:42 PM »

Give a list of what you have already read.
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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2004, 05:51:17 PM »

Ebor--fiction is my favorite reading Wink

Tom--In terms of Orthodox Books, The Law of God, Orthodox Alaska, and The Orthodox  Church (the first edition) are the only ones that were really major or weren't e-books.  In terms of what else I've read--It's impossible to give a list of all that I have read.  My personal library contains thousands of books (literally).  Not that I have read them all yet, but I have them.  Wink

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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2004, 05:53:47 PM »

OH, I've read a few other EOx books but I can't remember the titles.

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« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2004, 06:11:55 PM »

Okay. But remember I am coming from aProtestant background.

Fr. Seraphim - "Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future"

Schmemann - "For the Life of the World"
Schmemann - "Church, World, Mission"

Bishop Ware - "The Inner Kingdom

And a small book that I just am now reading which is very good "Growing in Christ" by Mother Raphaela




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« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2004, 06:21:33 PM »

Thanks!

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« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2004, 07:07:39 PM »

I've picked up a used copy of Orthodox Spirituality (A outline of the Orthodox Ascetical and Mystical Tradition)by A Monk of the Eastern Church and find it very informative for a short 103 pages. I usally will read a book 3 times to get the subject matter to sink in .

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« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2004, 07:20:38 PM »

I recommend:

Father Seraphim Rose: His Life and Works

Anything by or about Elder Paisios of Mt. Athos

For the Life of the World - Fr. Schmemann

Father Arseny- Priest, Prisoner, Spiritual Father

C.S. Lewis- almost anything! Screwtape Letters, Mere Christianity, The Great Divorce, The Weight of Glory, The Abolition of Man, etc.

Those are just some of my personal favorites.
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« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2004, 11:26:39 PM »

I really like the already mention Father Seraphim Rose biography....anything by Metr. Hierotheos Vlachos of Nafpatkos is awesome.  Ask your spiritual father for recomendations though.
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« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2004, 01:22:26 AM »

In addition to what has already been suggested, I reccomend a novel, Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry.  It touches on many religious themes that are agreeable to Orthodox theology, takes place in a southern community, and is one of the best pieces of literature I've ever read.   If you look back in this forum, I've created a thread about it.

Also, C.S. Lewis as others have suggested is very good(especially The Screwtape Letters and Till We Have Faces), Father Arseny is a must read, and perhaps Ascending the Heights by Fr. John Mack followed by The Ladder of Divine Ascent.
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« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2004, 03:19:02 AM »

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I'm really enjoying "The Orthodox Way" by Bishop Kalistos Ware

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« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2004, 10:13:26 AM »

Joe, why not ask your priest to recommend something?  There might be something he would really like you to read, especially since you are just starting out.  Also, this keeps you from reading something that you aren't ready for yet.
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« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2004, 10:18:50 AM »

I plan on asking him.  But first I have to finish the book he loaned me a couple weeks ago.

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« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2004, 10:35:44 AM »

Ebor--fiction is my favorite reading Wink

Tom--In terms of Orthodox Books, The Law of God, Orthodox Alaska, and The Orthodox  Church (the first edition) are the only ones that were really major or weren't e-books.  In terms of what else I've read--It's impossible to give a list of all that I have read.  My personal library contains thousands of books (literally).  Not that I have read them all yet, but I have them.  Wink

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If you like fiction, Joe, then you can't go wrong with Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, and The Idiot.

I also recommend a collection of two short novels by Solzhenitsyn called We Never Make Mistakes. The stories in it are An Incident at Krechetovka Station and Matryona's House.

A warning about that last one: it'll make you cry.
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« Reply #15 on: April 29, 2004, 10:44:20 AM »

It might be not quite for you yet, but Lewis' "A Grief Observed" written after his wife died is a powerful book.  "Til We Have Faces" is excellent and Lewis iirc considered it his best fiction.

For fiction, do you like Science Fiction or Mysteries? Space Opera vs CyberSF?  I don't do Horror or really gruesome mysteries.

Oh yes, combining mysteries and Christianity: Dorothy L. Sayers.  She wrote the "Lord Peter Wimsey" mysteries as well as  "The Mind of the Maker" (very good) and a couple of other books on Christianity that I'll have to dive into the basement bookshelves to find the titles.

Then there are some classics.   Have you read Dantes "Divine Comedy"?  or "Don Quixote"?

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« Reply #16 on: April 29, 2004, 12:52:33 PM »

Thanks Ebor.

I really like SciFi, but nothing way too far fetched.  Stargate-SG1 is my favorite television show if that tellls you anything.  I'm also looking forward to Stargate-Atlantis but don't know if I will like it as much because it won't have as many illusions to history.

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« Reply #17 on: April 29, 2004, 02:24:08 PM »

I thought the Idiot was a little to... um... soap-opera like... with all the mixing and matching of the guys and girls, and the betrayals and tricks and whatnot... but that's just me Smiley Prince Myshkin was certainly an interesting character, though.

Joe, I'd recommend Orthodox Faith and Life in Christ by St. Justin Popovich.
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Joe, I'd recommend Orthodox Faith and Life in Christ by St. Justin Popovich.

I agree. Forgot about that one.
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