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The Meaning of Suffering and Strife & Reconciliation (The Spiritual Writings of Archimandrite Seraphim Aleksiev, Volumes 1 and 2) Paperback – Illustrated, July 1, 1997

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Godly sorrow worketh repentance not to be repented of: but the sorrow of this world worketh death. II Corinthians 7:10

The question of suffering is one of the most sensitive questions. Many ask themselves: why has God created us to suffer in this world from diseases, sorrows, calamities, troubles, and misfortunes? For those who do not believe in God, this world is a hopeless valley of sorrows.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Saint Herman Pr; illustrated edition edition (July 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0938635867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0938635864
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,058,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 6, 2005
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This work is phenomenal and one that I have given to many people. I cannot give it high enough praise. Not only is the information vital for every Orthodox Christian to have, it is put in a format that reinforces the texts with appropriate icons. So if you are not understanding all the concepts there are visual aids to help you along. If you are Orthodox or thinking about Orthodoxy you need this book in your library and read it often
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By anthony on June 24, 2012
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`And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us'

- The Lord's Prayer

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Matthew 6:14-15

Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

Matthew 18:21-22

This book is sadly a very overlooked treasure that contains an excellent summation of Christian love and forgiveness. The book separates the three topics of suffering, strife and reconciliation.

Suffering: One of the unfortunate traits of modern Christians is that they believe they are exempt from any form of suffering. People profess their `faith', but the moment something untoward happens, they fall away. `How could God have allowed this to happen to me?' Of course the Lord Himself warned us: `In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world'. And as the Lord suffered, so too is the Christian expected to take up their cross in the Lord's footsteps. Suffering comes about for different reasons. Sometimes it is a test of man's resolve and his trust in God in the face of adversity (as in the case of Righteous Job). At other times, God chastises through His Fatherly love - to bring the sinner back to their senses. Often this is a very difficult pill to swallow, but one with good outcomes if borne without grumbling, and in recognition of God's will that we temporarily suffer in this world to avoid the eternal suffering in the life to come.
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Excellent clear Apostolic teaching distilled through Archimandrite Seraphim Aleksiev's pastoral experience and instructive and relevant stories.In the world today, as never before, we need the proper understanding of the meaning of suffering and the overcoming of strife and the joy and freedom of forgiveness which stems from the heart. Additionally, as the book points out to suffer without acceptance and humility adds sorrow and an increase in the suffering of the person.The book is not just for the Orthodox Christian but would be equally accessible and beneficial to Roman Catholics and Protestants alike. The spiritual nutrients in here are an immeasurable treasure, whereby our our nous(spiritual intellect) and heart can be fed and nourished. This is a well worthwhile addition to ones spiritual tool box, beyond doubt!

Once again, Thanks Orthodox Books for the speedy delivery!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NY on July 19, 2013
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A must read for every Orthodox Christian especially those who question and doubt Christ's love for us. I'd rather suffer here then suffer for all eternity.
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