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« Reply #2791 on: January 11, 2013, 06:34:10 PM »

The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius.
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« Reply #2792 on: January 12, 2013, 05:28:30 PM »

Camus: A Collection of Critical Essays, by Germaine Bree
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« Reply #2793 on: January 12, 2013, 08:51:35 PM »

'The House at Sea's End,' Elly Griffiths.
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« Reply #2794 on: January 12, 2013, 10:09:18 PM »

"A is for Musk Ox"

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« Reply #2795 on: January 13, 2013, 02:38:23 AM »

God Believes in Love by Bishop Gene Robinson.
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« Reply #2796 on: January 14, 2013, 01:58:39 PM »

Taking a crack at The Arena, by Bishop Ignatius Brianchaninov.

I'm a little intimidated, and hope it inspires more than discourages me.
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« Reply #2797 on: January 14, 2013, 02:01:56 PM »

Taking a crack at The Arena, by Bishop Ignatius Brianchaninov.

I'm a little intimidated, and hope it inspires more than discourages me.

Fwiw I remember liking it and not being discouraged; hope you enjoy it!
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« Reply #2798 on: January 17, 2013, 08:30:14 PM »

The Idiot, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
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« Reply #2800 on: January 18, 2013, 12:50:37 AM »

Started the new book just published by St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood:

The Beginnings of a Life of Prayer by Archimandrite Irenei

Only on page 40 or so, but am finding it to have very helpful reminders, and is instructive and inspiring at the same time.   I always thought Father Irenei was so intelligent that it would be difficult for me to fathom anything he says.  But this book is really so very well written that I have no problem following his train of thought, even though I am so busy and stressed at this time.

He quotes quite a bit from various sources, like the Philokalia for one. 

And he is a very kind, pastoral caring Father Confessor who takes the time to listen then give his suggestions and prayers, even for a visitor.  But sometimes it's hard to remember everything said, so this book is something I can go back to again and again if needed. 
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« Reply #2801 on: January 18, 2013, 01:22:16 AM »

Started the new book just published by St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood:

The Beginnings of a Life of Prayer by Archimandrite Irenei

Only on page 40 or so, but am finding it to have very helpful reminders, and is instructive and inspiring at the same time.   I always thought Father Irenei was so intelligent that it would be difficult for me to fathom anything he says.  But this book is really so very well written that I have no problem following his train of thought, even though I am so busy and stressed at this time.

He quotes quite a bit from various sources, like the Philokalia for one. 

And he is a very kind, pastoral caring Father Confessor who takes the time to listen then give his suggestions and prayers, even for a visitor.  But sometimes it's hard to remember everything said, so this book is something I can go back to again and again if needed. 

Thanks for commenting on it, I'll have to pick it up!
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« Reply #2802 on: January 18, 2013, 03:32:44 AM »

Started the new book just published by St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood:

The Beginnings of a Life of Prayer by Archimandrite Irenei

Only on page 40 or so, but am finding it to have very helpful reminders, and is instructive and inspiring at the same time.   I always thought Father Irenei was so intelligent that it would be difficult for me to fathom anything he says.  But this book is really so very well written that I have no problem following his train of thought, even though I am so busy and stressed at this time.

He quotes quite a bit from various sources, like the Philokalia for one. 

And he is a very kind, pastoral caring Father Confessor who takes the time to listen then give his suggestions and prayers, even for a visitor.  But sometimes it's hard to remember everything said, so this book is something I can go back to again and again if needed. 

I think your post recommends this book strongly, especially given the fact I really need to re-visit some very basic principles of prayer, in which we so often find ourselves back at the beginning. Thank you for the reminder.

I just ordered Father Gabriel Bunge's 'Despondency: The Spiritual Teaching of Evagrius of Pontus' published by St. Vlad's. I can't wait to get into it, as it holds some promise of containing practical principles and methods for dealing with this bane, which becomes a great temptation for me, especially during these long New England winters!

I may end up giving it a brief review after reading, for the benefit of others who are considering checking out the book, struggling with this passion, or both.
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« Reply #2803 on: January 18, 2013, 03:46:44 AM »

Life's Companion, by Christina Baldwin.
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« Reply #2804 on: January 18, 2013, 10:38:07 AM »

Every Day Saints by Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov).

Best seller in Russia, the translator of this English version credits his conversion to the book.
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« Reply #2806 on: January 18, 2013, 10:52:40 AM »

"Hood" by Stephen Lawhead. 

I really enjoyed his take on the Arthurian Cycle and Byanztium but couldn't get into his other works; too Celto-scholcky for me.  It's been a while since I've picked one of his books up and I'm glad I grabbed this.  Definitely a different take (his Robin is Welsh and events happens just after the Norman Conquest while William is still alive) but enjoyable nonetheless.  He's no Bernard Conrwell or Simon Scarrow when it comes to battle scenes, but the rest of the book is written well enough to keep me stealing a read for a few pages when I get a moment.
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« Reply #2807 on: January 23, 2013, 06:00:39 PM »

I am about 120 pages into rereading The Idiot and I am amazed at how different my reaction has been. I remembered this book as being very soap-opera-like, but this time around it seems really great. What a difference 10 years makes!
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« Reply #2808 on: January 25, 2013, 09:46:42 AM »

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« Reply #2809 on: January 29, 2013, 01:56:38 PM »

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« Reply #2811 on: January 29, 2013, 02:26:50 PM »

Finished Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin and The Three Impostors by Arthur Machen. Now listening to an audiobook of Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness.
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« Reply #2812 on: February 05, 2013, 07:44:45 AM »

I think I've been infected by Achronosism: that is, the obsession with having the best translation of a particular work.
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« Reply #2813 on: February 05, 2013, 08:28:38 AM »

I am about 120 pages into rereading The Idiot and I am amazed at how different my reaction has been. I remembered this book as being very soap-opera-like, but this time around it seems really great. What a difference 10 years makes!

Did you finish it?

I ask because I have not succeeded in doing so after a few attempts.
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« Reply #2814 on: February 05, 2013, 08:54:11 AM »

Yes, and I much enjoyed it this time around. Though I have a different purpose and maybe that helped Smiley
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« Reply #2815 on: February 05, 2013, 09:48:14 AM »

Yes, and I much enjoyed it this time around. Though I have a different purpose and maybe that helped Smiley

Good to hear! I had little trouble getting through K. Brothers and C and P, but could never get past roughly the half-way point of The Idiot. Perhaps it is time to commit to reading it all the way through... Undecided
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« Reply #2816 on: February 05, 2013, 10:15:16 AM »

Fwiw, what I've found helpful is not to look at the relationships as being about love interests (which I did too much before), but rather as being psychological and spiritual insights into what a virtuous or even Christ-like person would be like. Myshkin doesn't love Natasya or Aglaia in the traditional sense, but rather because he sees how broken they each are, in their own way, and he wants to save them. It's how God probably sees us in some way, and he's willing to do whatever it takes (even die) for us (this is also connected with Myshkin's end, but I won't spoil that). Why all this didn't occur to me before I don't know. Maybe because I'm not just reading for pleasure but am actually thinking about the novel this time around (and also reading secondary literature).
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« Reply #2817 on: February 05, 2013, 10:51:21 AM »

Fwiw, what I've found helpful is not to look at the relationships as being about love interests (which I did too much before), but rather as being psychological and spiritual insights into what a virtuous or even Christ-like person would be like. Myshkin doesn't love Natasya or Aglaia in the traditional sense, but rather because he sees how broken they each are, in their own way, and he wants to save them. It's how God probably sees us in some way, and he's willing to do whatever it takes (even die) for us (this is also connected with Myshkin's end, but I won't spoil that). Why all this didn't occur to me before I don't know. Maybe because I'm not just reading for pleasure but am actually thinking about the novel this time around (and also reading secondary literature).

Great. I appreciate your insights.  Smiley
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« Reply #2818 on: February 05, 2013, 11:04:35 AM »

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« Reply #2819 on: February 05, 2013, 09:13:12 PM »

I'm finally starting this one. I'm pretty pleased with what I've read so far, I foresee this being a rather enjoyable book.

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« Reply #2820 on: February 07, 2013, 11:22:02 AM »

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« Reply #2821 on: February 08, 2013, 02:10:18 AM »

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« Reply #2822 on: February 08, 2013, 03:28:09 AM »

Right now, just the Scriptures. For my birthday on the 18th, I've asked my parents for Blessed Theophylact's commentary on the Gospels, so I'll probably be reading those soon.
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« Reply #2823 on: February 08, 2013, 04:08:55 AM »

Right now, just the Scriptures. For my birthday on the 18th, I've asked my parents for Blessed Theophylact's commentary on the Gospels, so I'll probably be reading those soon.

Let us know what you think of them! Smiley
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« Reply #2824 on: February 08, 2013, 04:17:45 AM »

Sophocles' Antigone and Oidipous Tyrannos. Oh, and the poems of Constantine Cavafy.
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« Reply #2825 on: February 08, 2013, 04:21:21 AM »

Sophocles' Antigone and Oidipous Tyrannos. Oh, and the poems of Constantine Cavafy.

I did an essay on those today. Why aren't you reading Oedipus Coloneus?
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« Reply #2826 on: February 08, 2013, 04:21:58 AM »

I am reading The Poisonwood Bible.
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« Reply #2827 on: February 08, 2013, 04:27:15 AM »

Sophocles' Antigone and Oidipous Tyrannos. Oh, and the poems of Constantine Cavafy.

I did an essay on those today. Why aren't you reading Oedipus Coloneus?

I'm rereading all Greek tragedies. This week I did Euripides Medea and Bacchae as well. I''ll take Oedipus at Colonus as the next one to read  Smiley
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« Reply #2828 on: February 08, 2013, 04:34:20 AM »

Dostoevsky and The Idiot, Robin Feuer Miller
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« Reply #2829 on: February 08, 2013, 04:48:50 AM »

Okay, I'm looking for an Orthodox book that is basically just full of wise proverbs and/or meditations that I could read. Any recommendations? I know a lot of people recommend the "Desert Fathers", but I don't exactly know what those are. Some links and/or advice/recommendations would be good.
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« Reply #2830 on: February 08, 2013, 04:53:57 AM »

- Way of the Ascetics
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- Sayings of the Desert Fathers
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« Reply #2831 on: February 08, 2013, 05:00:19 AM »

Out of those four, which would you say is the best?
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« Reply #2832 on: February 08, 2013, 05:02:48 AM »

Way of the Ascetics is probably best for a starter, IMO. Plus you can read it online if you like.
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« Reply #2833 on: February 08, 2013, 05:07:25 AM »

Online is heresy. Recommend me a paperback version of it; it's my birthday soon anyway, people are asking me what I want them to buy me.
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Online is heresy. Recommend me a paperback version of it; it's my birthday soon anyway, people are asking me what I want them to buy me.

Ask and ye shall receive:

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