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My daily list includes:  The Bible & Holy Fathers for Orthodox edited by Johanna Manley,
The Prologue of Ohrid (St. Nikolai Velmirovic), Thoughts for Each Day of the Year  (St.Theophan the Recluse).

I haven't been Orthodox long enough to have read many books twice but "Unseen Warfare" is definitely on my read again list.  When I first read it I felt I could just keep re-reading that one book and be rightly guided.

What about you?  What are the core Orthodox books you really live with and would miss the most if they were taken from you?  (let's assume the Bible is a given and need not be mentioned...)
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Re: what Orthodox books do you read daily or return to repeatedly?
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2013, 04:46:08 PM »
I'm not consistent enough to read anything daily  :D  As for things I come back to over and over:

- Way of the Ascetics, by Tito Colliander
- Saint Gregory of Nazianzus: An Intellectual Biography, by Fr. John Anthony McGuckin
- Sayings of the Desert Fathers, ed. by Benedicta Ward
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Re: what Orthodox books do you read daily or return to repeatedly?
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2013, 04:50:24 PM »
During certain seasons of the year, I try to reread a couple of different things:

Nativity Fast:  St. Athanasius' On the Incarnation; Fr. Thomas Hopko's THe Winter Pascha

Great Lent:  St. Augustine's COnfessions; The Way of the Pilgrim; Florovsky's introduction in THe Lenten Triodion; Fr. Thomas Hopko's Lenten Spring; Fr. Alexander Schmemann's Great Lent
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Re: what Orthodox books do you read daily or return to repeatedly?
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2013, 05:00:12 PM »
I read from the Philokalia on a daily basis.

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Re: what Orthodox books do you read daily or return to repeatedly?
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2013, 05:27:10 PM »
I'm familiar with the Jordanville Orthodox prayerbook.

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Re: what Orthodox books do you read daily or return to repeatedly?
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2013, 05:59:10 PM »
The Bible.

While my personal enthusiasms wax and wane, I've always maintained a love of the scriptures that may not necessarily be rooted in piety but I suppose has its benefits even when I am not pious.
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Re: what Orthodox books do you read daily or return to repeatedly?
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2013, 07:15:47 PM »
On a daily basis I am reading Chrysostom's Homilies on Matthew. 
Over the long haul I have been rereading the lives of the Optina elders.

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Re: what Orthodox books do you read daily or return to repeatedly?
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2013, 08:11:50 PM »
I read from the Philokalia on a daily basis.
What's your reading schedule like on that?
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Re: what Orthodox books do you read daily or return to repeatedly?
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2013, 04:22:54 AM »
I read from the Philokalia on a daily basis.
What's your reading schedule like on that?

There's not much of a schedule. I typically read one or two paragraphs and then briefly meditate on them, simply moving from cover to cover.

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Re: what Orthodox books do you read daily or return to repeatedly?
« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2013, 07:09:58 AM »
Two of my favorites:
Invisible war by St.Nicodemus of Mount Athos
Ladder by St. John the writer of the ladder
God is Love.
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Re: what Orthodox books do you read daily or return to repeatedly?
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2013, 07:14:42 AM »
The Philokalia.

I always reread the first book by St. Isaiah the Solitary.
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Re: what Orthodox books do you read daily or return to repeatedly?
« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2013, 03:34:48 PM »
This:

It is magnificent!
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Re: what Orthodox books do you read daily or return to repeatedly?
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Re: what Orthodox books do you read daily or return to repeatedly?
« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2013, 03:46:54 PM »
"May Thy Cross, O Lord, in which I seek refuge, be for me a bridge across the great river of fire.  May I pass along it to the habitation of life." ~St. Ephraim the Syrian

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Re: what Orthodox books do you read daily or return to repeatedly?
« Reply #14 on: August 30, 2013, 04:26:23 PM »


What is that in English?

'Letters of Elder Valaam', if Google translates well.
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Re: what Orthodox books do you read daily or return to repeatedly?
« Reply #15 on: August 31, 2013, 02:21:29 AM »
'Letters of Elder Valaam', if Google translates well.

More like 'Letters of an Elder of Valamo". Orthodoxwiki has some information about him in English. It contains some Russian links too that might contain even more information. I don't understand Russian so I have no idea.
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Re: what Orthodox books do you read daily or return to repeatedly?
« Reply #16 on: August 31, 2013, 05:49:59 AM »
Can't say I read an orthodox book neccessarily daily, I do try to read a variety of stuff concerning history or patristics.
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Re: what Orthodox books do you read daily or return to repeatedly?
« Reply #17 on: August 31, 2013, 08:16:51 AM »
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Re: what Orthodox books do you read daily or return to repeatedly?
« Reply #18 on: August 31, 2013, 11:22:39 AM »
You mean, besides the Bible?

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Re: what Orthodox books do you read daily or return to repeatedly?
« Reply #19 on: August 31, 2013, 11:51:48 AM »
Btw, Theofan (any reason for the Cyrillic?), your avatar almost caused me to wreck my screen.

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Re: what Orthodox books do you read daily or return to repeatedly?
« Reply #20 on: August 31, 2013, 01:41:30 PM »
(let's assume the Bible is a given and need not be mentioned...)

You could have left this out of the original post, seeing as how many seemed to ignore it anyway  :police:
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Re: what Orthodox books do you read daily or return to repeatedly?
« Reply #21 on: August 31, 2013, 01:45:37 PM »
None, really. I wish I did. I find most spiritual books I've ever tried to read to be too hard to understand.
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Re: what Orthodox books do you read daily or return to repeatedly?
« Reply #22 on: August 31, 2013, 01:56:43 PM »
Wounded by Love which collects the words of Elder Porphyrios
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Re: what Orthodox books do you read daily or return to repeatedly?
« Reply #23 on: August 31, 2013, 03:55:17 PM »
'Letters of Elder Valaam', if Google translates well.

More like 'Letters of an Elder of Valamo". Orthodoxwiki has some information about him in English. It contains some Russian links too that might contain even more information. I don't understand Russian so I have no idea.

Is it the same as the English "Christ is in our Midst: Letters of Elder John of Valaam?" (Sold and described here: http://archangelsbooks.com/proddetail.asp?prod=SVSJOHNFA-01)

If so, it's a very good book. Worth rereading.
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Re: what Orthodox books do you read daily or return to repeatedly?
« Reply #24 on: August 31, 2013, 03:56:45 PM »
http://www.amazon.com/Letters-Spiritual-Children-Abbot-Nikon/dp/1879066033/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377979759&sr=8-1&keywords=Abbot+Nikon

This book is a gem. Abbot Nikon writes very directly, emphasizing the theme of repentance. It's well worth rereading.
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Re: what Orthodox books do you read daily or return to repeatedly?
« Reply #25 on: August 31, 2013, 04:20:31 PM »
'Letters of Elder Valaam', if Google translates well.

More like 'Letters of an Elder of Valamo". Orthodoxwiki has some information about him in English. It contains some Russian links too that might contain even more information. I don't understand Russian so I have no idea.

Is it the same as the English "Christ is in our Midst: Letters of Elder John of Valaam?" (Sold and described here: http://archangelsbooks.com/proddetail.asp?prod=SVSJOHNFA-01)

If so, it's a very good book. Worth rereading.

I'm not sure but at least the year of death matches. It's nice to know though that it has been translated into English. It IS a very good. I love the general feet on the ground feeling of his writings.

EDIT: After some googling it indeed seems to be the same book or at least some other collection of letters of the same Father John.
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Re: what Orthodox books do you read daily or return to repeatedly?
« Reply #26 on: August 31, 2013, 04:41:13 PM »
'Letters of Elder Valaam', if Google translates well.

More like 'Letters of an Elder of Valamo". Orthodoxwiki has some information about him in English. It contains some Russian links too that might contain even more information. I don't understand Russian so I have no idea.

Is it the same as the English "Christ is in our Midst: Letters of Elder John of Valaam?" (Sold and described here: http://archangelsbooks.com/proddetail.asp?prod=SVSJOHNFA-01)

If so, it's a very good book. Worth rereading.

I'm not sure but at least the year of death matches. It's nice to know though that it has been translated into English. It IS a very good. I love the general feet on the ground feeling of his writings.

EDIT: After some googling it indeed seems to be the same book or at least some other collection of letters of the same Father John.

Is he venerated in Finland? Are his relics at the Finnish or Russian Valaam?
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Re: what Orthodox books do you read daily or return to repeatedly?
« Reply #27 on: August 31, 2013, 04:47:00 PM »
'Letters of Elder Valaam', if Google translates well.

More like 'Letters of an Elder of Valamo". Orthodoxwiki has some information about him in English. It contains some Russian links too that might contain even more information. I don't understand Russian so I have no idea.

Is it the same as the English "Christ is in our Midst: Letters of Elder John of Valaam?" (Sold and described here: http://archangelsbooks.com/proddetail.asp?prod=SVSJOHNFA-01)

If so, it's a very good book. Worth rereading.

I'm not sure but at least the year of death matches. It's nice to know though that it has been translated into English. It IS a very good. I love the general feet on the ground feeling of his writings.

EDIT: After some googling it indeed seems to be the same book or at least some other collection of letters of the same Father John.

Is he venerated in Finland? Are his relics at the Finnish or Russian Valaam?

His relics/body is buried at the graveyeard of New Valamo. As for venerating, he is not canonized but I believe some are already asking for his intercession. I wouldn't be anyhow suprised if he was canonized at some point.
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Re: what Orthodox books do you read daily or return to repeatedly?
« Reply #29 on: September 01, 2013, 11:47:12 AM »
None, really. I wish I did. I find most spiritual books I've ever tried to read to be too hard to understand.

Try "The Spiritual Psalter" I mention above.  Even I can understand it, so I'm pretty sure you'd be able to.  There are times, however, when I wish I did not!  VERY clear and incisive prayers and "psalms", organized as a....well...psalter.  I find it easier to understand than many, if not most, psalms from Holy Scripture. 
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Re: what Orthodox books do you read daily or return to repeatedly?
« Reply #30 on: September 03, 2013, 10:38:02 PM »
Btw, Theofan (any reason for the Cyrillic?), your avatar almost caused me to wreck my screen.

sorry, I wasn't following this thread closely... the cyrillic is how my name saint spelled it - and another personal reason I discussed with the board owner - they discourage name changing.

"Spiritual Psalter" is good.  My wife started crying when she read a bit of it - and this long before she converted.

"His Life is Mine" also good, I really liked everything I've read by Archimandrite Sophrony.

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Re: what Orthodox books do you read daily or return to repeatedly?
« Reply #31 on: September 04, 2013, 04:15:07 AM »
On a daily basis I am reading Chrysostom's Homilies on Matthew. 
Over the long haul I have been rereading the lives of the Optina elders.

i love these homilies! my friends in church now joke that they have an extra person in Bible study as i always bring saint john chrysostom!

you can find some of his work here:
http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/2001.htm