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Offline Putnik Namernik

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Inspirational Fiction
« on: April 06, 2013, 05:22:23 PM »
Are there any good inspiration books you could recommend? Are there any written by Orthodox authors?

I have watched the movies based on Mitch Albom's books "Tuesdays with Morrie" and "Five people you meet in Heaven" and found them to be very good, especially the first one...

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Re: Inspirational Fiction
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2013, 08:35:13 PM »
Everyday Saints by Archimandrite Tikhon Shevkunov. It's collection of true stories. Very inspiring!

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Re: Inspirational Fiction
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2013, 09:02:05 PM »
Everyday Saints by Archimandrite Tikhon Shevkunov. It's collection of true stories. Very inspiring!

Amen!

I also find the books on Elder Porphyrios inspiring.
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Re: Inspirational Fiction
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2013, 11:58:54 PM »
Thank you for suggestions, but I meant fiction not true stories...currently I am thinking of reading "Still Alice" by Lisa Genoa. Has anyone read it?

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Re: Inspirational Fiction
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2013, 03:49:49 PM »
No.  Something happened after I started reading Orthodox books.  I nearly completely lost my taste for fiction, and sometimes I don't read at all, or only a paragraph or two a day.  I've read maybe four or five fictional books over the last years, and most of them were like the taste of sawdust to me.  I used to jam through hundreds of books a year from grade school on, but not anymore.  

The lightest reading I have on my shelf is James Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small series from when I was a kid.  It's actually good adult reading as well.  

There is one I read one a few years ago: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski.  It is a coming of age novel, and I did really enjoy it.  It might not be what you are looking for though.
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Re: Inspirational Fiction
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2013, 09:26:37 PM »
Not exactly what I was expecting, especially how many posters read a lot of fiction, but thanks nevertheless.

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Re: Inspirational Fiction
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2013, 09:35:37 PM »
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Re: Inspirational Fiction
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2013, 12:39:50 AM »
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Re: Inspirational Fiction
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2013, 12:49:51 AM »
Not exactly what I was expecting, especially how many posters read a lot of fiction, but thanks nevertheless.

You're welcome and I'm sorry.  May be the greatest blessing to not be what is expected, and you handle disappointment well;)  More importantly, wanted to let you know that I am listening and thought about it since you didn't get many responses at first.   
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Re: Inspirational Fiction
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2013, 02:22:52 AM »
I don't know about inspirational writings in particular, but we've had several threads over the last couple years on fiction written by Orthodox people (e.g. here).

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Re: Inspirational Fiction
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2013, 08:01:31 AM »
Some suggestions (not by Orthodox authors, but inspirational nonetheless):

Good Things I Wish You (A. Manette Ansay)
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Anne Bronte)
The Map of True Places (Brunonia Barry)
Those Who Save Us (Jenna Blum)
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (Richard Bach)
Do They Know I'm Running? (David Corbett)
A Journal of the Plague Year (Daniel Defoe)
The Ministry of Special Cases (Nathan Englander)
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (Jamie Ford)
New Grub Street (George Gissing)
The Cellist of Sarajevo (Steven Galloway)
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (James Hogg)
The Island (Victoria Hislop)
The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
Fatelessness (Imre Kertesz)
Kaddish for an Unborn Child (Imre Kertesz)
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Grace Lin)
The Giver (Lois Lowry)
The Gendarme (Mark Mustian)
The Street Philosopher (Matthew Plampin)
The Way of the Guilty (Jennifer Stanley)
The Help (Kathryn Stockett)
Kolyma Tales (Varlam Shalamov)
The Joy Luck Club (Amy Tan)
The Fifth Servant (Kenneth Wishnia)
The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
We (Yevgeny Zamyatin)

Not all will be your cup of tea, so look them up before picking them up. ;)
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Re: Inspirational Fiction
« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2013, 11:24:10 AM »
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Re: Inspirational Fiction
« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2013, 10:24:45 PM »
Thank you for your suggestions.  I have chosen "Still Alice" and will then look into reading one of your suggestions.

Thanks!