- Paperback: 490 pages
- Publisher: Pokrov Publications; y First English language edition edition (2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984284834
- ISBN-13: 978-0984284832
- ASIN: B00CD531VA
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #394,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Everyday Saints and Other Stories Paperback – 2012
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Opening and reading this book is truly a blessing. What blessings may come when I finish reading it?
It's called "the not yet saints, saints book" with a monk on the cover wearing a smirk and peering under his glasses? Didn't anybody tell the Russian monk author and former film student Archimandrite Tikhon that Russian Orthodox clergy are supposed to pause and FROWN before the camera clicks away? And that's the fun here: you don't have to frown to read this book. Be you atheist or Orthodox, Protestant or Catholic, you'll laugh and sigh as you read here. Dozens of tales inspire.
Love the work of translator Julian Henry Lowenfeld who opens with a Pushkin quote: "Our hermit fathers and our nuns blessed and blameless/To let their hearts fly up in to the heavens nameless."
Well, Fr. Tikhon's work is flying; and, at the rate this book is buzzing off the shelves he won't be nameless long. Wait. There's more poetry. The translator evokes Rilke, who himself was fascinated by Russian Orthodoxy:
"You should not wait until God comes to you/And says: 'I am.'/A god whose strength is vouched for, proved,/Is senseless mad. /Yet you must know, though, that God blows through you/Since time began/And when your heart glows warm and remains true/He works His plan."
God will blow through you with this book as Fr. Tikhon tells the tale as a Russian man with his feet on the ground falling for God, falling for a severe monastic call, learning not to believe what the communists told him during his Cold War youth growing up in Russia.Read more ›
Although the setting is contemporary, the spirituality and wisdom are ancient, leaving the reader with a real sense that holiness is possible today if we struggle to imitate Christ and fight against the world.
This is an instant spiritual classic that will be read for generations. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting book.. the first few chapters might be somewhat boring but it becomes very good..Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
This was a super sharing of unusual monastic life in Russia!
Well written with humor & love!
Recommended to anyone that enjoys true life stories!
Best book I have read in a long time. Reminder of the universal 'family of God.' We are so not alone!Published 3 months ago by Rita P Hallas
Enjoyed the book and the stories about the Russian Orthodox Church in the recent pastPublished 3 months ago by Martoni48
I loved reading these stories of these monks and their friends. They are inspiring and wonderful. These people from the other side of the world truly came to life for me. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Diane Carothers
This is the story of how one man found God, or perhaps how God found him, in communist Russia. It is the story, in part of the survival of the Russian Orthodox Church during the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by NC Mom