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Offline Putnik Namernik

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Orthodox novels
« on: July 01, 2013, 08:31:22 PM »
Yes...I don't recall seeing this posted.

Besides the Russian classics what other "Orthodox themed" novels (so I am talking about fiction books) are there?
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Re: Orthoodx novels
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2013, 08:58:04 PM »
How about "Sojourning With Angels: The Rise of Zazriel" by R. Leo Olson?
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Re: Orthoodx novels
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2013, 09:20:08 PM »

I just read some reviews and it is on my to read list as well as The Purple Mantle by Aliki Kafetzopoulou
It would be good to have a list of all Orthodox novels on one place...

ps. Could someone please fix my spelling mistake in the title? Thanks.

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Re: Orthoodx novels
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2013, 09:22:14 PM »
How about "Sojourning With Angels: The Rise of Zazriel" by R. Leo Olson?

I just finished reading that. Really liked it. I'm hoping he comes out with another soon. Another good one is "A Place of Brightness" by Keith Massey.

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Re: Orthoodx novels
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2013, 09:22:29 PM »
Some of the authors mentioned in this thread might be of interest to you...
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Re: Orthoodx novels
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2013, 09:34:15 PM »
^Tx.  I just remembered reading about Aleksandros Papadiamandis aka "Greece's Dostoyevsky"

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Re: Orthoodx novels
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2013, 12:07:16 AM »

ps. Could someone please fix my spelling mistake in the title? Thanks.

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Re: Orthodox novels
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2013, 12:39:00 AM »
Thanks for starting this thread. With the triple-digit weather we have been having, curling up and reading an Orthodox novel sounds like a great idea.
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Re: Orthodox novels
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2013, 11:02:00 AM »
@Serb1389 - Blagodarim-Much obliged!

@Maria - No problemo...I figured it might be useful for all of us to have the list of Orthodox novels in English in one place...I hope that others will join and post them here as well...thankfully we have people from different backrounds and could include less known authors as well as long as their books are published in English and have some connection to Orthodoxy...I will also go through the list of Serbian authors...
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Re: Orthodox novels
« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2013, 01:25:11 PM »
Just saw on an e-book called "Orthodox Rising." Forgot the author's name, sorry. But you may enjoy it if you like historical novels. It's an alternate history story based on what may have happened if the "Byzantine" empire had endured. Warning: stories have mature content.

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Re: Orthodox novels
« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2013, 06:27:50 PM »
I did not feel lazy so here are few titles with a blurb and links. Most of these books can be purchased from Light and Life Publishing or Amazon. I chose to include YA books along with those for adults.

Rebel's Journey: A Novel of Doubt and Christian Transformation by Fr. Alexander Goussetis
"Lefty Pappas, a child of immigrants, lives in the socially turbulent America of the 1960’s. He struggles with whether the wisdom of his ancestors is relevant in his life. He becomes an activist in many of the social issues of his day. Although from a stable and pious Christian family, Lefty feels an emotional and spiritual void in his life."

The Actor and Other Stories by V. Nikiforov-Volgin
"The Actor and Other Stories is a collection of gripping stories that reveal the resilient spirit of Russian Orthodox people living through World War I, through the Communist Revolution, to World War II. Translated from the Russian; written by Vasily Nikiforov-Volgin. This book is appropriate for youth and adults."

The Bread of Life: A Collection of Orthodox Short Stories by Barbara and Priscilla Johnson, illustrated by Priscilla Johnson
"Stories for teens and adults which can truly be called Orthodox. Written from an old calendarist point of view. Ten original stories which will be an inspiration to all who read them. With settings as varied as a Greektown in modern America, Rome in early Christian times, a farm in Wales, the middle east and Russia, one can see the light of faith shining forth in the lives of ordinary people."

Diamonds on the Bosphorus by Aliki Kafetzopoulou
"Diamonds on the Bosphorus—an historical novel for young people—is the story of the choice made by Christians throughout the centuries: to follow the path of Christ or the path of worldly glory."

The Purple Mantle by Aliki Kafetzopoulou
"Set in the Roman Empire during the reign of the notorious persecutor of Christians, Emperor Diocletian (a.d. 303), The Purple Mantle is a moving story of faith and heroism amidst a society plagued by confusion and fear. Greek Orthodox author Aliki Kafetzopoulou (reposed on February 24, 2005) has skillfully woven a rich historical tapestry full of spiritual depth, presenting a vivid picture of the intense circumstances in which the ancient Christians lived, and a close-up, immediate view of the exploits and contests of the early martyrs, through which the Faith of Christ triumphed."

Great Russian Short Stories edited by Paul Negri
"Twelve powerful works of fiction, including Pushkin's "The Queen of Spades," Gogol's "The Overcoat," Turgenev's "The District Doctor," Dostoyevsky's "White Nights," Tolstoy's "How Much Land Does a Man Need?," plus "The Clothes Mender" by Leskov, "The Lady with the Toy Dog" by Chekhov, "Twenty-Six Men and a Girl" by Gorky, "Lazarus" by Andreyev, and more."

Sweet Baklava by Debby Mayne
"After years of looking for a place to belong, Paula Andrews finally finds her niche in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Her soap and candle shop flourishes, and her friendship with the Papadopoulos family gives her the love and support she never got from her own family.
The only thing missing is a romance—or in the grand hopes of the Papadopoulos family, a proper marriage. Preferably with Nick, their favorite son, currently serving in the Air Force. Paula, however, has doubts. After all, he’s been gone a long time and loves flying. Their lives have grown apart. Would he still feel anything for her? When Nick comes home on leave, sparks fly, and not just with Paula. Nick's father wants him home, helping with the family sponge-diving business. His mother wants him back in the family, back in church. Nick just wants Paula . . . and the Air Force. So who’s going to give in first? And what will it mean for their love and future?"
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The Other Side of the Bonfire by Melinda Johnson
"When Jewel finds herself out on the sidewalk, desperately hoping the taxi will arrive before her cheating boyfriend gets home, she knows it's time to make a new life. But how? She's never lived alone, and she's never loved a man she could trust. With the help of a childhood friend, a bonfire, a chance encounter, and a leap of faith, Jewel discovers a world of creativity and love in the last place she ever dreamed of looking."

A Trace in the Sand: A Tale of the Early Martyrs
"It is A.D. 274. Emperor Lucius Domitus Aurelianus rules the Roman Empire with the belief that no one is mightier than he and his gods. Kings tremble before him, and his subjects worship him as a new Jupiter, who holds the lives of men and nations in his hand. The "Roman Peace" means prosperity, security and happiness to the noble families of Rome. And all should be content in their lives of luxury and ease. But not everyone is ... "
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Letters to Saint Lydia by Melinda Johnson
"A Novel, by Melinda Johnson Lydia's life is turning upside down. Her family has converted to Orthodox Christianity without her, she's just about to leave home for college, one of her friends is pregnant, and soon she'll be facing all the trials and temptations encountered by every young adult who is on her own for the first time. Lydia needs a friend badly and she finds one in the most unexpected place: an icon of St. Lydia. Young Lydia pours out her troubles in letters to St. Lydia, who (invisibly to Lydia) answers, guiding her through her time of troubles with deep love and compassion."

The Crimson Knight by Demetrious Glimidakis
"I have ruined many under the hooves of my horse, and their screams,oh their terrible screams constantly fill my head. Am I any different than the evil that destroyed my world? The evil that I kill? I have become a man that even I do not know. Sabastian wants to be free. He is looking for forgiveness, peace, and somewhere to call his home. But he is at war with an unrelenting enemy: The world. After seeing his family and community brutalized by invading forces, Sabastian is kidnapped and taken to a foreign land where he is trained to be a warrior. Deep in his heart there burns a poisonous hatred and desire for revenge against the people who killed his family. He tries to serve The Knight who is the Light but seems to constantly fail and succumb to the violence of his new identity. But faith may find him when he least expects it, and salvation may be the only thing left worth fighting for. Will Sabastian overcome his pride and anger to follow the Knight who is the Light? Will he summon the strength necessary to defeat the Dragon King and restore peace to himself and his loved ones? Join author Demetrious Glimidakis for a thrilling tale of war, love, sin, and redemption in The Crimson Knight."

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