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« on: May 06, 2013, 05:09:06 PM »

Has anyone read one or all of the volumes of The Little Russian Philokalia? How are the English translations? Would you recommend it?
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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2013, 05:41:56 PM »

Has anyone read one or all of the volumes of The Little Russian Philokalia? How are the English translations? Would you recommend it?

The English translations are fine, though the overall language is sometimes a little stilted, as is the tendency in pious Orthodox works from times past.

I found what I have read of the series generally edifying.

I don’t know about all volumes (I only have two of the five), but the contents of the St. Seraphim volume are completely available online, just not bundled as they are here —so, unless you’re really keen on supporting the St. Herman brotherhood, you can save yourself a buck if you already own an ereader.
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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2013, 05:49:43 PM »

Has anyone read one or all of the volumes of The Little Russian Philokalia? How are the English translations? Would you recommend it?

The English translations are fine, though the overall language is sometimes a little stilted, as is the tendency in pious Orthodox works from times past.

I found what I have read of the series generally edifying.

I don’t know about all volumes (I only have two of the five), but the contents of the St. Seraphim volume are completely available online, just not bundled as they are here —so, unless you’re really keen on supporting the St. Herman brotherhood, you can save yourself a buck if you already own an ereader.


That is actually very good news, as I'd like to have them available on Kindle. If you've got a link handy, can you point me there? I'll try to locate it online as well. The St. Seraphim volume was the one I was most interested in.
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« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2013, 06:12:51 PM »

Has anyone read one or all of the volumes of The Little Russian Philokalia? How are the English translations? Would you recommend it?

The English translations are fine, though the overall language is sometimes a little stilted, as is the tendency in pious Orthodox works from times past.

I found what I have read of the series generally edifying.

I don’t know about all volumes (I only have two of the five), but the contents of the St. Seraphim volume are completely available online, just not bundled as they are here —so, unless you’re really keen on supporting the St. Herman brotherhood, you can save yourself a buck if you already own an ereader.


That is actually very good news, as I'd like to have them available on Kindle. If you've got a link handy, can you point me there? I'll try to locate it online as well. The St. Seraphim volume was the one I was most interested in.


On the acquisition of the Holy Spirit:
http://www.greekorthodoxchurch.org/saint_seraphim.html

The other contents are "Spiritual Instructions for Monks and Laymen" and the "Diveyevo Mystery."
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« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2013, 06:14:33 PM »

Has anyone read one or all of the volumes of The Little Russian Philokalia? How are the English translations? Would you recommend it?

 If they're all as great as the St. Seraphim volume, then go for it.
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« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2013, 06:51:43 PM »

I really love the series. I have the volumes on St. Seraphim, Abbot Nazarius of Valaam, St. Theodore of Sanaxar, and St. Paisus Velichkovsky. They are wonderful and they were some of the first Orthodox books that I read. Very simple in their presentation but they contain spiritual depth. I highly recommend them. It seems like most are out of print except for the one on St. Seraphim and St. Theodore but you can still pick up Abbot Nazarius edition on other sites for the regular price.

Check here: http://archangelsbooks.com/proddetail.asp?prod=HERLILRUS-02 and http://www.sjkp.org/search.php
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