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An Extraordinary Peace: St. Seraphim Flame of Sarov Paperback – December 6, 2009

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All of us who dwell in the arid desert of these secular times and who long for refreshing spiritual drink will appreciate the 'cup' which brings us this life-giving water-namely, this very book. As well as telling the story of St. Seraphim of Sarov in a way that brings the saint powerfully before us, the book also includes an introduction to Fr. Lazarus (who himself should be the subject of such a biography), the history of the manuscript, an index, the Prayer Rules of St. Seraphim, and various prayers, including an Akathist to the saint himself. Anaphora Press has done the Church a great service in bringing this 'cup of cold water' to us thirsty souls. --Archpriest Lawrence R. Farley, St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church, Langley, B.C. Author of The Bible Study Companion Series

This inspirational and engaging Life of St. Seraphim of Sarov combines attention to historical accuracy with a strong emphasis on classic spirituality through the saint's advice and way of life. The practical counsels imparted in this book are appropriate not only for monastics but also those of us living in the world. St. Seraphim offers a precious reminder of one of the chief gifts of the Spirit: joy. Beautifully written and artfully presented, this book is a must-have in every Orthodox library. --Dr. Eugenia Scarvelis Constantinou, Theology and Rel. Studies, Univ. of San Diego, Searching the Scriptures podcast on Ancient Faith Radio

I am delighted to learn this biography of St Seraphim is coming back to print. This work of Father Lazarus was an important component in my own formation as an Orthodox Christian, so I hope this new edition will be met with the enthusiasm it very much deserves. --Father Patrick Henry Reardon All Saints Orthodox Church Chicago, IL; Touchstone Magazine; Author of Christ in the Psalms

About the Author

Born in Swindon, England October 18, 1902, Archimandrite Lazarus (Moore) moved to Canada when he was 18 and eventually became a Canadian citizen. There he had a personal conversion to Christianity and eventually returned to England, where he lived and served destitute people for a time. Attracted to monasticism, he then traveled, spending time on Mount Athos, the Orthodox enclave of monasteries in Greece. Desiring to become an Orthodox Christian, he went to Yugoslavia where he was tonsured a monk in the Russian-Serbian Monastery at Milkovo. He was ordained deacon and later priest in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, and was sent to serve in the Russian Mission in Palestine, overseeing 100 nuns. It is here that this manuscript was begun. In 1948 the Israeli-Arab War broke out, forcing Fr. Lazarus and the nuns to flee. He eventually went as a missionary to India and spent 20 years there, crossing paths with Mother Gavrilia, another Orthodox Christian. Later he went to Greece briefly and then lived in Australia for nearly a decade. In 1983, Father Lazarus was invited to the United States by a group of American converts to Orthodoxy who wished to learn from his vast experience and spiritual wisdom. In 1989 he moved to Alaska where he lived for 3 more years, finally dying of cancer 1992, having touched countless lives.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Anaphora Press; 1st edition (December 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980124107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980124101
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,172,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dan E. Nicholas on April 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've read a dozen or more lives of the saints in recent years. (One lady in our Orthodox Book Club said yesterday that she aims to read a book on each of the saints in the icons on the walls of her church.) Only a couple other titles lit me up like this one. The story of the life of this starets is fine indeed as is the impressive and quiet life of the behind the scenes teller, Fr. Lazarus Moore who gave us this biography. I met the author once. This book should be on your shelf. I'm also thinking this book might actually make you a bit more holy or at least compassionate. I'd hope to think it did me.

Bishop Hilarion Kapral (ROCAR) called this work "the most amazing biography of St. Seraphim I've ever seen." The manuscript was written in the 40s, later discovered under a bishop's desk amidst a stack of dusty papers 40 years old. Even Moore, in a remarkable and a bit annoying humility had almost forgotten he'd written this book.

St. Seraphim (Hebrew for "fiery," or "burning") as a child was healed by a miracle bearing icon that was carried through his town; and again from a fall from a bell tower that should have killed him. No shock then that he ran off to join a monastery in his late teens in the Sarov forest just 150 miles outside of Moscow to pursue a "near life" with God. His early recluse path is rather classic, first training in the community of monastic brothers, then a severe time alone for 16 years, three on a rock, the rest in his hut. Yes, how about the now famous stylite period of his, a 1000 days and nights spent on one rock making amends, praying a short version of the Jesus prayer: Lord have mercy on me, a sinner.

Lord have mercy indeed. This message continues to trump the modern happy version: I'm OK, You're OK.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L on October 25, 2012
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There are thoughts and emotions that simply cannot be put into words for the latter constrain them and deprive them of their true meaning, diminishing thus their profundity and value. If you have a chance to get this book and read it - don't miss it as it is one of those rare gems that not all people are likely to have. St. Seraphim's biography is extraordinary and leaves an unforgettable impression. The book includes an amazing conversation of St. Seraphim with Motovilov, which the latter wrote down for you and me. This conversation is the gist of Christianity. 2 by 2 is 4. It is neither 3,5 nor anything else. There is only one Truth, and St. Seraphim proved by his life and shows us the Way to the Truth.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Ellis on November 27, 2014
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The "light editing" of this spiritually nourishing gem is a crime. Pitiful writing, banal artwork added, a total waste of money.The version you want is called St. Seraphim, a Spiritual Biography. The author, Lazarus Moore, is the same, just not so poorly "improved."
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