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  • Paperback: 1160 pages
  • Publisher: St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood; Third Revised edition (September 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887904077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887904070
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hieromonk Damascene presents this Life in words so clear and inviting that the reader eagerly follows, page after page." -- Frederica Mathewes-Green, National Public Radio commentator, author of At the Corner of East and Now and The Illumined Heart

"THIS is the Fr. Seraphim I remember.... A truly exceptional book, worthy of the noble and righteous Fr. Seraphim!" -- Hieromonk Ambrose (formerly Fr. Alexey Young), author of Letters from Father Seraphim

"This excellent book is both a challenge and an inspiration to all who are searching for intellectual and spiritual integrity." --Hieromonk Jonah, Abbot of the Monastery of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco, editor of Divine Ascent

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One of the most inspiring books I've ever read.
One can learn so much about how to deal with life, and how to transform darkness into light from this one book alone.
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This excellent biography of a Saint is very well done.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By PhiloX on February 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
When is a book a newer edition or completely new? Is there something in the middle of this question? Yes, there is the fantastic second biography of Eugene Rose called "Father Seraphim Rose: His Life & Works", by Hieromonk Damascene. First published under the title "Not of This World: The Life & Teachings of Fr. Seraphim Rose" when the monastery book publisher 'St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood' was in between jurisdictions which caused a near perfect first biography to self destruct at the ending with questionable motives. Now corrected under the supervision of the Serbian Orthodox Church with the blessings of several Orthodox jurisdictions, this renewed almost resurrected book has added unpublished writings from Fr. Seraphim, new reminiscences with photographs, & updated expanded source notes.
The book is well made for a paperback but because of its size, over 1000 pages, one should be careful when reading. On the front cover is a great facial color photograph of Fr. Seraphim Rose in his monastic robe, looking over his shoulder with his long hair & bread. The rest of the photographs within the book are black & white, taken from Eugene's childhood throughout the years to his priesthood & finally death.
As with the pervious book, it's well written & very easy to read that the amount of the pages doesn't become a factor. Orthodox or Russian terms that can't quite be translated into a single English word are totally explained for the average reader. The chronological order is very organized & doesn't mix up the time periods as much as other biographies.
HIS LIFE: Eugene Rose was born on 1934 in San Diego California, the third & last child of the Rose family, which later moved to Caramel California.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By M. Harrington on October 6, 2005
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This book literally changed my life. It reads like a fast paced novel and has wealth of spiritual treasures in it. The Life of Fr. Seraphim Rose of Blessed Memory planted the burning in my heart to go to seminary. If you are not like me and can take your time reading I am impressed. I myself could not put it down. The historical and modern roots of American Orthodox Monasticism written in a very lucid style that makes the material attainable for anyone. The book needs no defense, if you read it you will understand the importance of Fr. Seraphim Rose in America and in the former Soviet Union.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 25, 2003
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This is a quite edifying read, and is filled with interesting stories about his years before he became Orthodox, his conversion, his monastic tonsure and the establishment of a monastery in the "desert" of Northern California. No matter what anyone says about Fr. Seraphim Rose, there is no denying that he changed after he became Orthodox and was truly serious about the monastic life. The story that Fr. Damascene puts together even comments on the various ideological, ecclesiastical and spiritual predicaments that Orthodox converts have found themselves in the last 30 years. There is an enormous depth to what is found here, as well as a large variety of topics that Fr. Seraphim addressed in his publication: The Orthodox Word. It also talks about how wide his influence has spread. It is remarkable how much fruit one person's commitment can bring, and that from someone who lived in the woods, far from "civilization"! The footnotes are quite good, and there are wonderful photos as well. I couldn't be more enthusiastic about this recommendation.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Evan Herberth on April 30, 2005
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This excellent biography of a Saint is very well done. I myself have never read "Not of This World," but I do agree with other reviewers that this revised biography really places all emphasis on Fr. Seraphim, not on jurisdictions or any disagreements that did not directly or indirectly involve Fr. Seraphim during his life. The author does a pristine job at incorporating Fr. Seraphim's writings whenever possible, so that it is often hard to keep track of when you are reading a narration, or Fr. Seraphim's own writings--you must pay close attention to the quotation marks if you wish to keep track of this.

On a more appreciative note, I would like to express my own gratefulness that such a biography has been written on him. Though I am not Orthodox, and did feel a little uncomfortable reading about all of this very deep Orthodox rituals, etc., that I was not familiar with, Fr. Seraphim certainly did get whatever is important in the repetitive practices of the Church. It was also fascinating to read about those who would be extremely strict about certain rules, but forgot about the heart and soul and purpose of Christianity--and how Fr. Seraphim reprimanded and dismissed their "super-correct" attitude. This book is much more than a biography, perhaps even coming close to answering the question, "What is true love?"

All of this, plus the author's own aptitude in expressing concepts and events, makes for a hands-down five-star biography.

In regards to the whisper among people that Fr. Seraphim had Gnostic tendencies, especially in regard to toll-houses: I sincerely ask of you to read at least the chapter of this biography entitled, "The Soul After Death." If after reading that, you are still convinced by these accusations, then you are entitled to that opinion; but for the sake of Christian charity in not simply accepting hearsay, and to give Fr. Seraphim a fair chance, that chapter ought to be considered before judgment.
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