Reading List

The following is a list of books that many have found to be beneficial. Hopefully it will be added to from time to time.

History and Theology

The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine (Volumes 1-5)
by Jaroslav Pelikan

Orthodox Dogmatic Theology
by Father Michael Pomazansky

Genesis, Creation and Early Man
by Father Seraphim Rose

Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future
by Father Seraphim Rose

The Soul After Death
by Father Seraphim Rose

God’s Revelation to the Human Heart
by Father Seraphim Rose

The Place of Blessed Augustine in the Orthodox Church
by Father Seraphim Rose

The Holy Fathers of Orthodox Spirituality (Part II):  How to Read the Holy Fathers
by Father Seraphim Rose

Nihilism:  The Root of the Revolution of the Modern Age
by Father Seraphim Rose

The Rush to Embrace
by Archpriest Alexey Young

Ultimate Things: An Orthodox Christian Perspective on the End Times
by Dennis E. Engleman

Popes and Patriarchs: An Orthodox Perspective of Roman Catholic Claims
by Michael Whelton

An Unbroken Circle: Linking Ancient African Christianity to the African American Experience
edited by Father Paisius Altschul

The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church
by Vladimir Lossky

Life After Death: Metropolitan of Nafpaktos
by Hierotheos

Ecclesiastical History
by Eusebius Pamphilus

Saint Gregory Palamas as a Hagiorite: Metropolitan of Nafpaktos
by Hierotheos

The Truth of our Faith
by Elder Cleopa of Romania

An Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith
by St. John of Damascus

Mary The Mother of God: Sermons by Saint Gregory Palamas
edited by Christopher Veniamin

The Doors of the Sea: Where Was God in the Tsunami?
by David Bentley Hart

Spiritual Life

Monastic Wisdom: The Letters of Elder Joseph the Hesychast
St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery

Counsels From the Holy Mountain: Selected From the Letters and Homilies of Elder Ephraim
St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery

Elder Arsenios the Cave-Dweller (1886-1983): Fellow Ascetic of Elder Joseph the Hesychast
by Monk Joseph Dionysiatis

Abbot Haralambos Dionysiatis: The Teacher of Noetic Prayer
by Monk Joseph Dionysiatis

St. Andrew the Fool For Christ’s Sake
by Priest Nikephorus

St. Silouan the Athonite: Archimandrite Sophrony

Wounded by Love: The Life and Wisdom of Elder Porphyrios
published by Denise Harvey

Father Arseny (1893-1973): Priest, Prisoner, Spiritual Father
translated from the Russian by Vera Bouteneff

Father Seraphim Rose – His Life and Works
by Hieromonk Damascene

The Philokalia (Volumes 1-4)
compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain and St. Makarios of Corinth

Writings From the Philokalia: On Prayer of the Heart
translated by E. Kadloubovsky and G.E.H. Palmer

The Ladder of Divine Ascent
by St. John Climacus

On Ascetical Life: St. Isaac of Nineveh
translated by Mary Hansbury

Little Russian Philokalia, Volume 1: St. Seraphim
translated by Father Seraphim Rose

The Sayings of the Desert Fathers
translated by Benidicta Ward

The First Created Man: St. Symeon the New Theologian
translated by Father Seraphim Rose

The Way of the Pilgrim and The Pilgrim Continues His Way
edited by New Sarov Press

We Shall See Him as He Is
by Archimandrite Sophrony

The Deification as the Purpose of Man’s Life
by Archimandrite George of St. Gregorios of Mt. Athos

Experiences of the Grace of God
by Archimandrite George of St. Gregorios of Mt. Athos

A Night in the Desert of the Holy Mountain
by Metropolitan of Nafpaktos – Hierotheos

Precious Vessels of the Holy Spirit: The Lives and Counsels of Contemporary Elders of Greece
by H. Middleton

Obedience Is Life: Elder Ephraim of Katounakia
by Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi

Avvakum the Barefoot
by Monk Theodoretos the Hagiorite

Elder Joseph the Hesychast: Struggles – Experiences – Teachings
by Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi

The Illness and Cure of the Soul in the Orthodox Tradition: Metropolitan of Nafpaktos
by Hierotheos

The Life of St. Anthony the Great
by St. Athanasius

The Life of St. Mary of Egypt
by St. Nectarios Press

Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain
by Priestmonk Christodoulos

God’s Fools: The Lives of the Holy “Fools for Christ”
by Bishop Varlaam Novakshonoff

The Divine Flame – Elder Porphyrios – Lit In My Heart
by Monk Agapios

Counsels For Life
from the Life and Teachings of Father Epiphanios Theodoropoulos

Apostle to Zaire: The Life and Legacy of Blessed Father Cosmas of Grigoriou
by Demetrios Aslandidis and Monk Damascene Grigoriatis

The Arena: An Offering to Contemporary Monasticism
by Bishop Ignatius Brianchaninov

In the Heart of the Desert: The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers
by John Chryssavgis

The Fathers of the Church
by Saint Gregory the Great Dialogues

Life – Miracles – Prophecies of Saint Seraphim of Viritsa
translated from Greek by Father Nick Palis

Unseen Warfare
by Theophan the Recluse
edited by Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

St. Cosmas Aitolos
by Constantine Cavarnos

From Glory to Glory
by St. Gregory of Nyssa

Consoler of Suffering Hearts – The Life, Counsels and Miracles of Eldress Rachel, Visionary of Russia
Archpriest Sergei Lebedev

We Shall See Him As He Is
Archimandrite Sophrony

On the Mystical Life – The Ethical Discourses (Vol. 1): The Church and the Last Things
St. Symeon the New Theologian

Hymns on Paradise
St. Ephrem the Syrian

The Discourses
St. Symeon The New Theologian

On God and Man: The Theological Poetry of St. Gregory of Nazianzus

Gifts of the Desert: The Forgotten Path of Christian Spirituality
Kyriacos Markides

Shepherd of Souls: The Life and Teachings of Elder Cleopa
Archimandrite Ioanichie Balan

The Mountain of Silence: A Search for Orthodox Spirituality
by Kyriacos C. Markides

The Gurus, the Young Man, and Elder Pauses
by Dionysios Farasiotis

Guidance Toward Spiritual Life: Saints Barsanuphius and John

On the Prayer of Jesus
Ignatius Brianchaninov

Contemporary Ascetics of Mount Athos (Vols. 1 & 2)
Archimandrite Cherubim

The Evergetinos (Vol. 1)

Becoming Orthodox

Thirsting For God in a Land of Shallow Wells
by Matthew Gallatin

Becoming Orthodox
by Peter E. Gillquist

Non-Orthodox Writings

by G.K. Chesterton

The Everlasting Man
by G.K. Chesterton

Mere Christianity
by C.S. Lewis

Screwtape Letters
by C.S. Lewis

The Abolition of Man
by C.S. Lewis

The Chronicles of Narnia
by C.S. Lewis

The Great Divorce
by C.S. Lewis

by C.S. Lewis

A Grief Observed
by C.S. Lewis

The Hobbit
by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings
by J.R.R. Tolkien

Animal Farm
by George Orwell

Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley

Journey Into the Mind of an Islamic Terrorist
by Mark A. Gabriel

Lord of the Flies
by William Golding

What’s So Great About Christianity
by Dinesh D’Souza

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Answering the New Atheism: Dismantling Dawkins’ Case Against God
by Scott Hahn and Benjamin Wiker

There is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind
by Antony Flew

Black Like Me
by John Howard Griffin