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Your Orthodox library.
« on: October 30, 2012, 10:23:37 PM »
So what does your Orthodox library consist of?

I'll need to make a list of my own, just on the top of my head:

Bp. Kallistos Ware - The Orthodox Church
Bp. Kallistos Ware - The Orthodox Way
Vladimir Lossky - Introduction to Orthodox Theology
Vladimir Lossky - The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church
St. John Climacus - Ladder of Divine Ascent (HTM)
Prayer Book in Accordance With the Tradition of the Orthodox Church
If you can call it Orthodox, the NOAB RSV
Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick - Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy
Kyriacos C. Markides - The Mountain of Silence: A Search for Orthodox Spirituality
Ana Smiljanic - Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives: The Life and Teachings of Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica
Benedicta Ward - Sayings of the Desert Fathers
Helen Bacovcin and Walter J. Ciszek -The Way of a Pilgrim and The Pilgrim Continues His Way
Metr. Anthony Bloom - Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh: Essential Writings

Probably a few more that I'm missing.
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« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2012, 10:34:53 PM »
I currently have 3 books (the ones I mentioned recently on the What Are You Reading) thread  :angel:
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« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2012, 10:53:30 PM »
How does Fr. Andrew's book compare to the AFR podcast? I've considered buying it, but if it's just the same content as the podcast in book form with nothing new, it'd be kind of silly.

Benedicta Ward "Sayings of the Desert Fathers"
Benedicta Ward "Lives of the Desert Fathers"
Fr. Tadros Malaty "Introduction to the Coptic Orthodox Church"
Idris Habib El-Masri "History of the Copts" (two volumes)
Fr. Matthew the Poor "The Orthodox Prayer Life"
St. Ephrem the Syrian "A Spiritual Psalter" (collected by Theophan the Recluse)
Daniel Fanous "Taught by God: Making Sense of the Difficult Sayings of Jesus"
St. Besa "The Life of Abba Shenoute the Archimandrite" (1983 English translation)
J. Barnes "Four Martyrdoms from the Pierpoint Coptic Codices"
Robert Hoyland "Seeing Islam as Others Saw It" (a compendium of early Christian, Zoroastrian, and Jewish writings on Islam, including apologetic texts, martyrologies, histories, etc. Orthodox as well as Nestorian writers.)
Kannanayakal Mani Rajan "Queen of the Sacraments: A treatise on the liturgy of the Holy Mass as celebrated in the Syrian Orthodox Church"

I've also got a bunch of little booklets and such by HH Pope Shenouda, various bishops, Sydney Griffith (famous researcher on Syriac and early Arab Chrstianity), two agpeyas (one for home, one for when I'm out and about throughout the day), a few Bibles, and some more strictly historical texts (J. Tremingham "Christianity among the Arabs in pre-Islamic Times", a few books on liturgical languages, etc.) that are really interesting but don't really contain any theology. I guess Aphram I Barsoum's "History of the Syriac Dioceses" also belongs in this category, though Mor Aphram was the Patriarch of Antioch 1933-1957.

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Re: Your Orthodox library.
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2012, 10:57:57 PM »
How does Fr. Andrew's book compare to the AFR podcast? I've considered buying it, but if it's just the same content as the podcast in book form with nothing new, it'd be kind of silly.
It's alot more detailed, and he's got a pretty neat appendix including stuff like atheism. I'm a huge fan of his writing, and can't wait for his next book.
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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2012, 11:06:08 PM »
Thanks. I'll have to pick it up next time I have some money. I don't know his writing, but really liked that series of podcasts.

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« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2012, 11:17:40 PM »
Thanks. I'll have to pick it up next time I have some money. I don't know his writing, but really liked that series of podcasts.
Fr. Andrew has posted on this forum from time to time, you can see if he can send you a signed copy. I think his username is asdamick.
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Re: Your Orthodox library.
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2012, 11:21:43 PM »
I don't have a whole lot...

St. John Chrysostom (sayings compiled by Robert Weyer) - On Living Simply
Fr. Michael Keiser - A Beginner's Guide to Prayer
Fr. Alexis - In Peace Let Us Pray to the Lord
St. John Climacus - The Ladder of Divine Ascent
Sergius Bulgakov - The Comforter
Sergius Bulgakov - Sophia: The Wisdom of God
Kebra Nagast

I've borrowed/loaned other books though.
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« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2012, 12:00:30 AM »
Let us all make GoodReads accounts!

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« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2012, 12:05:01 AM »
Reading is for geeks and carnies...

Librarything ftw!

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« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2012, 12:06:34 AM »
I don't know if I have the time to write them all.

But off the top of my head "On the Holy Spirit" by St. Basil.
"The Font of Knowledge" of St. John Damascene.
"On the Holy Icons" of St. John Damascus.
"The Complete Writings of Theodore Abu Qurra."
"The Orthodox Confession of the Catholic Church" St. Peter Movila.
The Apostolic Fathers.
Longer Catechism of Met. St. Filaret.
"Christ in the Psalms."
"The Trial of Job."
Children of the Covenant (a WRO Catechism).

I'll have to continue later.

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« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2012, 12:08:45 AM »
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« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2012, 12:09:01 AM »
Anyone who could come close to naming all the books they have in an Orthodox library would not be worthy of naming it an "Orthodox library". Anything less than 3 bookcases worth is noob level at best...
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« Reply #12 on: October 31, 2012, 12:11:06 AM »
Anyone who could come close to naming all the books they have in an Orthodox library would not be worthy of naming it an "Orthodox library". Anything less than 3 bookcases worth is noob level at best...
And this is exactly why I want our Professor to post
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« Reply #13 on: October 31, 2012, 04:51:28 AM »
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Sergius Bulgakov - Sophia: The Wisdom of God

This work has been declared as heresy by the Russian Church.

May I suggest folks acquire a comprehensive liturgical library, and acquire a sense of what is good and proper iconography,in part by keeping one's eyes and ears open during as many church services as are available.
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Re: Your Orthodox library.
« Reply #14 on: October 31, 2012, 05:16:32 AM »
I have the ANF and the NPNF series and a bookshelve full of the sermons and works of Sts. Augustine, Ambrose and Jerome. Only the Latin fathers are translated into Dutch because the majority of the patristic scholars are latins. Oh, and I do have the Ladder of Divine Ascent.
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« Reply #15 on: October 31, 2012, 06:31:48 AM »
Anything less than 3 bookcases worth is noob level at best...

I only have 2  >:(

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« Reply #16 on: October 31, 2012, 08:26:24 AM »
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Sergius Bulgakov - Sophia: The Wisdom of God

This work has been declared as heresy by the Russian Church.

May I suggest folks acquire a comprehensive liturgical library, and acquire a sense of what is good and proper iconography,in part by keeping one's eyes and ears open during as many church services as are available.

I received it as a gift from a friend.


It's too late to modify it now, but I just realized that I accidentally left out "Fr." in front of Fr. Sergius' name in my previous post.

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Re: Your Orthodox library.
« Reply #17 on: November 01, 2012, 11:01:22 AM »
A few Bibles, prayer and liturgical books (including Holy Week and Pascha in various traditions) in different languages – that’s the basis ;)

Vladimir Lossky – “The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church”
St. Nicholas Velimirovic – “Emanuel”
St. Nicholas Velimirovic – “Kassiane”
St. Nicholas Velimirovic – “Indian letters”
Leonid Uspenky – Theology of icon
Patriarcha Pavle – “Fasting and Holy Eucharist in the Orthodox Church”
Elder Paisius – “St. Arsenius of Capadocia”
Bp. Jerzy Pankowski – “In searching of salvation”
Otto Meinardus – “Coptic Saints and Pilgrimage”
Bulahakov – “Orthodoxy”
John Meyendorff – “Marriage from Orthodox Perspective”
John Meyendorff – “Byzantine theology”
“Orthodoxy - the light of the faith and the source of the experience”
“The symbols of church as a building”
A few catechisms
Some books about various monasteries

That’s what I remember for this moment


Like Nephi, I loaned some other books
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« Reply #18 on: November 01, 2012, 12:05:27 PM »
Anyone who could come close to naming all the books they have in an Orthodox library would not be worthy of naming it an "Orthodox library". Anything less than 3 bookcases worth is noob level at best...

+1 (although I would cut them some slack and say at least one bookcase worth).
I would be happy to agree with you, but then both of us would be wrong.

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« Reply #19 on: November 01, 2012, 12:20:10 PM »
So books are definitely a weakness for me.   I am getting rid of a lot of books from my Buddhist phase, etc. I have actually sold close to 60 on amazon over the last couple months (big step!).  Most of that money I used to buy the books mentioned below.  I am trying to actually read some of these books through before I buy more.  As a spiritually immature "disaffected protestant" I realize I have no business reading some of these books - and I don't at this point.

Bloom - Beginning to Pray
Bloom - Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh: Essential Writings (Modern Spiritual Masters)
Colliander - Way of the Ascetics
McGuckin - The Orthodox Church: An Introduction to its History, Theology, & Spiritual Culture
Schmemann - For the Life of the World
Schmemann - Great Lent
Staniloae - Orthodox Spirituality
Ward - Sayings of the Desert Fathers
Ware - The Orthodox Church
Ware - The Orthodox Way


I'd say I'm about half-way through the books listed above (some read some half-read)  I hope to have all these books read and digested by next summer.  I really don't want to buy anymore Orthodox books until I've managed through these.

The Way of a Pilgrim and The Pilgrim Continues His Way (Shambhala Classics)
Unseen Warfare
Art of Prayer
Philokalia (1-4)


I've read the Way of the Pilgrim and read Unseen Warfare/Art of Prayer for devotions.  I haven't tried to read the Philokalia (I've heeded the warnings).  The Philokalia was actually given to me by a roommate in college almost 10 years ago who was a compulsive book buyer.

Holy Transfiguration Monastery
Pocket Psalter
Prayer book
St. John Climacus - Ladder of Divine Ascent
St. Issac the Syrian - The Asectical Homilies


These books from HTM are some of the most well-crafted beautifully designed books I've ever had the pleasure to own.  The last two are a bit over my head (I'm not trying to be a monk, don't worry) but they are absolutely beautiful and a pleasure to read and ponder. 

Classics of Western Spirituality:
Maximus the Confessor: Selected Writings
Pseudo Dionysius: The Complete Works


Way over my head. 

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« Reply #20 on: November 06, 2012, 01:49:24 AM »
Against Eunomius by saint basil the great
Philokalia vol 1 2 3 and 4
The ressurection of the son of God (Though not orthodox I consider this a work that is entirely representative of the orthodox faith on the ressurection and the defense thereof)
Saint Augustine Confessions
The Orthodox Church
The way of the pilgrim
THe fount knowledge by John Damascene
Pascha holy week
Eusibius church history
And the Orhtodox study bible
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« Reply #21 on: November 06, 2012, 02:52:14 AM »
Augustinus - Kirjeitä sisarille
Augustinus - Saarnoja
Augustinus - Tunnustukset
Apostoliset isät
Ignati Brjantsaninov - Areena
Valamon vanhuksen kirjeitä
Tito Colliander - Kristityn tie
Pyhän vuoren vanhus Paisioksen opetuksia
Pyhien isien opetuksia sairaudesta
Kallistos Ware- Pyhä Henki kristityn elämässä
Pyhän Basileios Suuren opetuspuheita
Alexander Schmemann - Suuri paasto
Kallistos Ware - Ortodoksinen tie
Johannes Siinailainen - Portaat
Teuvo Laitila - Uskon luotsi
Cleopa Ilie - Ortodoksisesta uskosta
Maria Normanbylainen - Kätketty aarre
Sophrony - His Life Is Mine
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Re: Your Orthodox library.
« Reply #22 on: November 06, 2012, 05:47:06 AM »
Not enough to be honest, since everytime I want an Orthodox book I have to order it online.

The Orthodox Study Bible
The Orthodox Church by Timothy Ware
The Orthodox Way by Timothy Ware
The Confessions of St. Augustine by St. Augustine
Augustine of Hippo by some historian
On the Incarnation by St. Athanasius
Homilies on Matthew by St. John Chrysostom.
The Jordanville Prayer Book
The Antiochian Red Pocket Prayer Book
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« Reply #23 on: December 24, 2012, 01:18:32 AM »
A Walk Through Divine Liturgy of the Armenian Church: A Guide to the Badarak by V. Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan
Armenian Prayers for the Daily Life by Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern)
Prayers of Catholicos Simeon Yerevantsi (c. 1710-1780) edited and translated by the faculty of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary
Twelve Saints Twelve Prayers of the Armenian Apostolic Church, edited and translated by the faculty of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary
I Confess with Faith by St. Nerses Shnorhali
Being with God by His Holiness Pope Shenouda III
The Armenian Church: A Brief Introduction by Hratch Tchilingirian
God with Us by Rev. Fr. Yeghia Hairabedian
Beginning to Pray by Anthony Bloom
The Light of the World: Lives of the Armenian Saints, translated by Fr. Krikor Maksoudian, Fr. Arten Ashjian, George Terian
Divine Energy: The Orthodox Path to Chrisitna Victory by Jon E. Braun
Divine Liturgy of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church (liturgy and stuff book)
Orthodox Study Bible
Several other booklets
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Re: Your Orthodox library.
« Reply #24 on: December 25, 2012, 09:49:46 AM »
Orthodox books can be prohibitively expensive. :(

With storage space being an issue, most of my reading material is in ebook format and comes from here or here.
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