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Father Seraphim Rose: His Life and Works Paperback – September 2, 2010
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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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Years of delving and probing into eastern philosophies - even learning Chinese, Hindu and later Russian and Greek.
His profound humility and intellect make his life a source of wonder and joy. His life and works had and still have
a huge influence on the modern day Russians and people alike all over the world.
He is concise, precise and carefully quotes the appropriate sources when he makes his statements. I have been
Profoundly influenced by this man! This is a book I bought and shared with the people I truly love.
It addresses various topics which are of special interest to present-day Orthodox Christians. For example, how to deal with ecumenism? Or how to deal with the other extreme, the super-correct believers?
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.
"and when the wind of autumn stirs
the dieing leaves and we must part
we'll hold some meaning in the heart
unspoken, since we both believed
in Him who in His love has brought
from out of silence, out of naught
the universe that He conceived"
Father Seraphim Rose