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The Wonderful Life of Saint Sergius of Radonezh Hardcover – January 1, 2010

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Conciliar Press (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888212241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888212242
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,631,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alvin Currier is an author, artist, and interpreter of Orthodoxy, traveling widely in Eastern Europe and organizing pilgrimages of mutual encouragement for others to experience Orthodoxy from the inside out. Nadezda Glazunova's work is full of color, life and joy, in a traditional Russian Orthodox style. She graduated from the College of Traditional and Folk Art.

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Alvin Alexsi Currier is most widely known for his children's books and his passionate fascination with Eastern Orthodox European history, folklore, customs, and traditions. He is also recognized as an artist and illustrator.

Born in 1932 in Minneapolis, he studied at Macalester College, Union Theological Seminary, and the Free University of Berlin. Ordained a Presbyterian pastor in 1956, he served for 35 years that included an exchange pastorate in Germany, and 11 years as a college chaplain.

Finding his spiritual roots in the ancient Eastern tradition, after retirement in 1991 he was received as a layman in the Orthodox Church. For the next 15 years he and his wife Anastasia supported themselves by arranging European tours and pilgrimages. This vocation allowed them to travel widely in the Orthodox world. They now live in retirement in Cumberland, Wisconsin.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Rose Augustine on September 26, 2008
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This is a lovely, lovely story that is a true treasure on our bookshelf. First of all, the illustrations are glorious and bright and interesting. It can be difficult to illustrate a quality children's book because there is always the danger of it being too cartoony, or saccharine. But the pictures in this book really do the story justice, giving a somewhat "icon-like" style to a story of an eastern saint.

The story itself is a gem. I love how on the cover it says: "told by Alvin Alexsi Currier"... as if he's simply been entrusted with passing on the tale; he is not the originator. But the beautiful thing is that it is written in a form of prose that reads like an epic ballad. The age range says 4-11 but be forewarned that those on the younger end might get bored with the length of the story (unless they've been raised on good books from the get-go). My 6 year old is fascinated with it. My 4 year old will sit through it, but only because the pictures are lovely and I've been reading to him since Day 1. I don't think he necessarily "gets" the story.

I'm always on the lookout for books that reinforce our morals and Catholic faith (see my listmania) so I was delighted to find this book and I recommend it without hesitation! Enjoy!
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