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Recomendation for a Catholic friend
« on: June 14, 2015, 01:16:05 PM »
What book(s) would you recommend to a Roman Catholic as an introduction to Orthodox spirituality?

As a bonus, can you think of any such works that predate the East/West schism? (note: That doesn't mean I won't take recommendations for post schism works.)
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Re: Recomendation for a Catholic friend
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2015, 01:42:47 PM »
What book(s) would you recommend to a Roman Catholic as an introduction to Orthodox spirituality?

As a bonus, can you think of any such works that predate the East/West schism? (note: That doesn't mean I won't take recommendations for post schism works.)

Pre-schism: The writings of St. Mark the Ascetic, found in the Philokalia Volume 1, or the discourses of Abba Dorotheos of Gaza.

Post-schism: His Life is Mine by Archimandrite Sophrony
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Re: Recomendation for a Catholic friend
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2015, 01:43:30 PM »
I'd recommend one of the following books, depending on what they'd find most helpful:

- Philokalia, Volume 1 (pre-schism; practical/life, virtues/vices)
- Philokalia, Volume 2 (pre-schism; practical, but also with some fairly deep theologicals)
- The Life in Christ, by St. Nicholas Cabasilas (14th century; more practically and sacramentally oriented)
- Way of the Ascetics, by Tito Colliander (20th century; short, practical, ascetic/virtue focused, challenging)
- St. Gregory of Nazianzus: An Intellectual Biography, by Fr. John McGuckin (St. Gregory was 4th century, Fr. John 20th; biography, history)
- The Orthodox Way, by Met. Kallistos Ware (20th century; despite criticisms of it, it seems to still be the only modern English text to give such a good balance of depth and brevity)

For an overview of history as well as spirituality in one place, there is always:
- The Orthodox Church, by Met. Kallistos Ware (20th century; there are criticisms of it, but it still seems to me one of the better introductions)
- The Orthodox Church: An Introduction to its History, Doctrine, and Spiritual Culture, by Fr. John McGuckin (20th century; somewhat less popular-level than that of Met. Kallistos)

Or just send them here: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=john+behr
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Re: Recomendation for a Catholic friend
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2015, 02:04:21 PM »
Justin, thank you for such a thorough list. Have you read the Conferences of St. John Cassian by any chance?
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