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« on: December 05, 2004, 12:03:46 AM »

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Perhaps I'm strange, I don't know.  But at my local Borders bookstore my wife and I have a ministry of sorts.  Everytime we're there, we consider it our duty to diligently scan through the "Catholic and Orthodox Inspirational" section, and the theology section, for Orthodox books.  We then combine them all on one particular shelf, making the store's selection of Orthodox books much more accessible to Orthodox Christians and inquirers into the Faith.  I wouldn't do this if there were any particular rhyme or reason to these sections, but there isn't-- no "alpha by author" or subject.  

Tonight was a big night for us.  It was the first night when we could fully expel Thomas Merton and all other remaining RC books from the shelf.  We actually have a whole shelf of Orthodox books now!!  

Am I crazy for doing this?  Does anyone else have similar experiences?
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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2004, 12:32:44 AM »

Once or twice I have hidden books by James Carrol (Constantine's Sword) behind other books. OK, it doesn't stop people from buying it.  But I just felt it didn't deserve such a prominent place Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2004, 12:34:42 AM »

I've turned around some of those dreadful Spong books so the back cover is facing out.  

Speaking of Thomas Merton, recently I was in Orthodox priest's living room and I was surprised to notice that he had several of Merton's books sitting on his coffee table.  He's no liberal but he's able to see the good in the 'west' which I really appreciate.  Sometimes I get so tired of the 'west bashing' in Orthodoxy.  

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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2004, 12:53:01 AM »

I like your new "sport", Isaac!

Must try it soon...

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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2004, 01:57:46 AM »

I've turned around some of those dreadful Spong books so the back cover is facing out.  

Speaking of Thomas Merton, recently I was in Orthodox priest's living room and I was surprised to notice that he had several of Merton's books sitting on his coffee table.  He's no liberal but he's able to see the good in the 'west' which I really appreciate.  Sometimes I get so tired of the 'west bashing' in Orthodoxy.  



About Merton--I agree. Some of his earlier material was very good.
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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2004, 02:42:47 AM »

I haven't read a lot by Merton.   Rather, I've read about him and heard a lot about him too, and from what I know, I like him.  So many human foibles, and yet someone who seemed to posess real insight too.
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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2004, 02:54:13 AM »

I don't see myself doing any of that...I don't consider myself as anyone's censor or nanny..deciding what other people should and shouldn't read. Guess I'm a just plain un-American- I believe in freedom of ideas.
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« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2004, 03:01:23 AM »

Actually Thomas Merton, or a conversation about him, was one reason I started to consider conversion to Orthodoxy. I was having lunch w/ a guy from my former (Episcopal) parish and the we were discussing spirituality; the Daily Office, the Jesus Prayer, monasticism. He clearly thought they belonged to the past. When the subject of Merton came up he did become very interested- and told me that Merton's later writings were very good.."because he shows how Chritianity ties into Bhuddism and Hindu mysticism"...oy vey!
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« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2004, 06:38:09 AM »

Frobisher and I would do this, too.

We'd take the standard fare Barnes and Noble Orthodox books(The Orthodox Church by Ware, Praying with Icons, and a few other standard issues) and put them over the books we deemed heretical, like Duncan's Guide to Freemasonry.

It worked until they reorganized, and the same books were always there so I don't know if it may an effect but it sure was fun.

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« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2004, 05:32:45 PM »

I have donated over 25 books on Orthodoxy to my local public library. They thanked me for the donation and put every single book I donated on the shelves too. In fact, they put a little sticker inside the front cover of every book I donated that says:

"Donated to the Greenville County Library by Saint John of the Ladder Orthodox Church, Greenville, SC."

A nice little free advertisement for our parish too! Every now and then I go by the library and see if the books are still there and if they are being checked out. The Orthodox Study Bible and The Orthodox Church by Timothy Ware seem to be the ones most checked out.
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« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2004, 09:54:34 PM »

I have donated over 25 books on Orthodoxy to my local public library.
This is a great idea!  I was stunned to discover that my local library (admittedly small, but not THAT small) had a grand total of two books on Orthodoxy.  Several shelves on Roman Catholicism, however.

I think since I'm not in a parish right now, I'll use the money I'd normally give to a tithe and do this very thing.  Thanks for the idea!
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« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2004, 10:14:05 PM »

Question!

What were the 25 books you bought?  I probably can't afford that many, but I'd like to choose them carefully.
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« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2004, 12:48:24 AM »

I'm surprised you guys find so many Orthodox books in Borders, Barnes&Noble, etc.  The most I ever found were a few by Frederica Mathewes-Green.   I always look for some of Father Alexander Schmemann's books -- I would think he is (was) a well-known Orthodox author in America -- but I've never seen any.  I did see a good translation of "the Way of a Pilgrim" with a foreward by Fr. Tom Hopko that I bought.

Yes, I, too, cringe when I see Spong's books displayed so openly (and I think, "who the heck reads this guy?").  I haven't yet delved into moving them around on the shelves, though.....
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« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2004, 04:33:43 AM »

I'd move Spong's books to the fantasy-fiction area Grin
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« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2004, 07:35:13 AM »

What were the 25 books you bought?  I probably can't afford that many, but I'd like to choose them carefully.

Note sure if I can remember all 25, but here goes:

1. The Divine Liturgy Service Book Vol. I and II (OCA)
2.  Jordanville Prayer Book
3.  The Orthodox Study Bible
4.  The Orthodox Church (Bishop Kallistos Ware)
5.  On the Divine Images, by St. John of Damascus
6.  On the Incarnation, by St. Athanasius
7.  The Life in Christ, by St. Nicholas Cabasilas
8.  Orthodox Veneration of Mary, the Birthgiver of God,   by  St. John Maximovitch
9.  The Russians and their Church (SVS Press)
10.  The Life of St. Sava (SVS Press)
11.  St. Sergius and Russian Spirituality (SVS Press)
12.  The Faith We Hold (Archbishop Paul of Finland)
13. The Orthodox Way (Bishop Kallistos Ware)
14.  Orthodox Dogmatic Theology (Father Michael Pompazansky)
15.  The Book of Akathists (Jordanville Press)
16.  The Spiritual Counsels of Saint John of Kronstadt (SVS Press)
17.  Service Book (Isabell F. Hapgood)
18.  Orthodox Alaska (SVS Press)
19.  Catechism of Metropolitan Philaret (St. Tikhon's)
20.  The Law of God (Jordanville Press)
21.  These Truths We Hold (St. Tikhon's Seminary Press)
22.  The Divine Liturgy: A Commentary (by St. Nicholas Cabasilas)
23. Icons: Door to the Kingdom (SVS Press)
24.  Blessed Theophylact's Commentaries on the Synoptic Gospels (3 volumes)
25. Pilgrimage to the Russian Church (by Jim Forrest)
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« Reply #15 on: December 07, 2004, 12:35:15 PM »

I've been known to reshelve Frankie Schaeffer books  or to put books by Spong in with Fiction.

On a practical note, if you live in a community with lots of Orthodox inquirers it might be practical to speak to the manager about creating a reading list for use at the information desk or to start get a group together at your own parish to start an Orthodox reading group. Ask the manager at your local Borders how you can reserve space for your activity. Usually, they are very open local groups using thier facility. Just a thought.
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« Reply #16 on: December 08, 2004, 03:40:36 AM »

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Note sure if I can remember all 25, but here goes:

I counted 25, so I'd say your memory is as sharp as a tack!

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25. Pilgrimage to the Russian Church (by Jim Forrest)

I have to admit that I was surprised to find this treasure of a book at the local library in the former town I had been raised in. It was one of the few and far between books about Orthodoxy, but a good one to have none the less.

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« Reply #17 on: December 08, 2004, 03:47:27 AM »

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Am I crazy for doing this?  Does anyone else have similar experiences?

No, because up until now I thought I was the only one who did ocd-like things like that , lol.

I have been known to do this with books, videos, cd's - and pretty much antyhing, you name it!  :grin:

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As am I!

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« Reply #18 on: December 30, 2004, 12:07:33 AM »

What were the 25 books you bought? I probably can't afford that many, but I'd like to choose them carefully.

Note sure if I can remember all 25, but here goes:
Tikhon, many thanks for your list!  I'll likely be the first one checking those books out once I buy them...
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« Reply #19 on: December 30, 2004, 01:46:49 AM »

Some options to consider...

http://www.svspress.com/index.php?cPath=38&osCsid=23e71c3efc61d12a6e467d1ad91291ac
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« Reply #20 on: December 30, 2004, 04:34:48 AM »

I'm surprised you guys find so many Orthodox books in Borders, Barnes&Noble, etc.

I'm surprised also.  Living in an urban area where there are substantial Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic communities, it's still difficult to find much on Eastern Christianity in any of the chain bookstores, except those near colleges/universities.  A few books by Bishop Kallistos Ware and Archbishop Joseph Raya are the ones most often encountered, with an occasional one by  Frederica Mathewes-Green.

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« Reply #21 on: December 30, 2004, 05:02:06 AM »

This is so funny! I was just doing this today. I was so excited that I found For the Life of the World in a Borders which usually has an oddly huge but terrible Religion section, and I moved it and The Way of a Pilgrim and a book by John Chryssavgis to more prominently placed areas. Also at a B&N the other day (I go to these stores a lot...) I moved one of the volumes of the Philokalia onto an armchair by the Religion section hoping that someone would sit down and notice it, and promptly convert to Orthodoxy. Cheesy

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« Reply #22 on: December 30, 2004, 05:06:14 AM »

Oh, and Thomas Merton played a huge part in my conversion not to Orthodoxy but to Christianity.

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« Reply #23 on: December 30, 2004, 10:43:44 AM »

Marjorie,

Glad to see you're soon-to-be-baptized into the faith!  How've you come all the way to Orthodoxy?  If you want, you (as well as anyone else who hasn't already) can post here to let us know your conversion story.

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« Reply #24 on: December 30, 2004, 03:10:04 PM »

Thank you for the link! I posted my conversion story on another forum so I will copy and paste it there.

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« Reply #25 on: December 30, 2004, 09:43:14 PM »

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Wowza, those are some pricey books, but well worth having I'd bet.

I should see if anyone would like to get me some as gifts.

Speaking of which, I did recently have a birthday (25 now!) and if any of you giving people would like to get me a title or three as a belated birthday or even a belated chrismation gift, I would humbly accept it - so feel free to pm me for my mailing address.  Cheesy  Tongue

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