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Remember Thy First Love (Revelation 2:4-5): The Three Stages of the Spiritual Life in the Theology of Elder Sophrony Paperback – November 3, 2010

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The writings of Archimandrite Zacharias evince that inspiration which is born of the undistorted vision of Christ in glory. Remember Thy First Love is a companion volume to Fr. Zacharias' The Enlargement of the Heart and The Hidden Man of the Heart. --Dr. Christopher Veniamin, Professor of Patristics, St. Tikhon's Seminary, USA

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The author is a disciple of the Elder Sophrony and a member of the Monastery of St. John the Baptist, England.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Mount Thabor Publishing; First American edition (November 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980020727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980020724
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,120,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I must commend Mount Thabor on the publication of "Remember Thy First Love" - there is nothing like it in the English language. I can say with no reserve that i consider this to be one of the most important books ever published in English; it makes the struggles of the spiritual life comprehensible, and gives inspiration to the Christian to endure in his struggle. I pray that everyone has the opportunity to experience this text.

Fr. Matthew
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On a recent trip to an Orthodox Monastery I asked the Igumen:
"What are the best resources for learning asceticism outside of the monastery?"

This book was number one on his list -- with good reason!

Most of the other books were written centuries ago. This book is written for the modern day ascetic aspirant and takes the realities of the modern world into consideration.

Whereas the ascetics and Spiritual Fathers of days gone by could perform miracles and even raise the dead, Elder Sophrony states that merely KEEPING THE FAITH in the modern world is as great a deed as raising the dead was in the past.
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This is one fabulous book. I cannot put it down. The writer draws you to be introspective and is very inspirational.

I sometimes reach out and just open it up to any page, and read and read and read. Even if I just read a couple of pages, I get so much out of it. I would recommend this highly - especially to those who are serious about their faith and their journey to salvation. Very very good.
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This is a spiritually profitable book that will take more than one reading to absorb everything. The author seems to repeat himself often, but perhaps the repetition can help reinforce the ideas that he is presenting. I would describe this book as a "Spiritual Handbook." The book will be of maximum value if one puts into practice what one reads, rather than to read it just for head knowledge, which will profit one very little. It is not light reading to relax, but rather weighty reading, which is meant to be practiced. Apparently this book was written as part of some lectures or retreat since there is a section of “Questions and Answers” that starts on page 339 for some, not all, of the chapters. I kept two bookmarks in my book as I read it; one for the chapter I was reading and the other for the corresponding questions and answers. I found it easier to focus on the questions when the chapter was fresh in my mind. This book can be of great benefit in aiding the spiritual warfare that a Christian must wage.
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