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« on: July 02, 2010, 12:04:40 AM »

I have been looking for more books to read.  I went to an Orthodox bookstore/coffee shop in another town.  I have been seeing EVERYWHERE  this book about Fr. Arseney.  it seems to be...following me.... Wink

has abyone read it?  can you please provide a review?

here is the book I SPEAK OF:  http://www.orthodoxmarketplace.com/books-1-2/literature/9780881411805-vera-bouteneff-trans-father-arseny-1893-1973.html?partner=AF-OCN
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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2010, 12:07:06 AM »

Absolutely read it.

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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2010, 12:10:02 AM »

Absolutely read it.

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thanks!  I'll pick it up this weekend at Church.
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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2010, 05:57:55 PM »

Absolutely read it.

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thanks!  I'll pick it up this weekend at Church.
It's an amazing and inspiring book. It was one of the first books I read when I was investigating Orthodoxy and it really opened my eyes to how Orthodox Russians suffered under the Communist Yolk.

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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2010, 12:49:20 AM »

I picked it up tonight after Vespers.  it looks great, I can't wait to get into it!  (but alas, I HAVE to start my summer reading for school!)

tell me, is this book a true story?
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« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2010, 01:23:09 AM »

I think it is considered a collection of true stories coming out of the gulags.  Whether Fr. Arseny really existed, however, has been a matter of debate.  His character may have been invented to pull the stories together, or he may be a composite of a few different priests who really existed.  Since the book was written and circulated underground while the Soviet Union was still in existence, the real names of the people involved in the stories would not have been used.  That would include the priest or priests involved in the stories.
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« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2010, 01:41:54 AM »

I think it is considered a collection of true stories coming out of the gulags.  Whether Fr. Arseny really existed, however, has been a matter of debate.  His character may have been invented to pull the stories together, or he may be a composite of a few different priests who really existed.  Since the book was written and circulated underground while the Soviet Union was still in existence, the real names of the people involved in the stories would not have been used.  That would include the priest or priests involved in the stories.

If I may piggyback on your answer, Salpy:

I have heard and read the same thing (which really doesn't prove or disprove anything).  In light of the argument that Fr. Arseny wasn't a real priest, or that Arseny wasn't his real name (I personally believe he is real and that his Ekklesiastical name was Arseny), it might help to view the book in the same vein as "The Way of a Pilgrim".  We don't know who the Pilgrim was, or even if he was.  But the spiritual insights provided in the book are amazing and beneficial for us to read.
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« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2010, 02:39:10 AM »

A real treasure of a book and one that was the instrument used by God to bring two Russians I know back to an active life in the Church.  I wouldn't be surprised if this is fairly typical.

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« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2010, 11:08:23 AM »

Yes he was real and you can visit his burial site in Russia.
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