Wednesday, December 5, 2012

New Book Wednesdays: Everyday Saints & Other Stories

Dear Students and Friends,

Here's a book that we'll all be able to relate to: Everyday Saints and Other Stories.

About the Book

In Communist Russia in 1984, five youths from non-religious backgrounds joined a monastery. This is the story of what they experienced and some of the "everyday saints" they met. The author says, "In this book I want to tell you about this beautiful new world of mine, where we live by laws completely different from those in 'normal' worldly life—a world of light and love, full of wondrous discoveries, hope, happiness, trials and triumphs, where even our defeats acquire profound significance: a world in which, above all, we can always sense powerful manifestations of divine strength and comfort."

Originally published in Russian, Everyday Saints has been translated into ten languages and has sold millions of copies since its publication in late 2011.  In September 2012, Everyday Saints received the Russian “Book of the Year Award”, one of the most prestigious literary awards in Russia.  You can now experience in English the grace-fllled world that has charmed and blessed so many—believers and atheists alike.

Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov) is a priest-monk of the Russian Orthodox Church, Moscow Patriarchate. He is the Abbot of the Sretensky Monastery in Moscow, the Executive Secretary of the Patriarchal Cultural Council of the Moscow Patriarchate and a member of the Presidential Council on Culture and the Arts for the Russian Federation.

This would be a great personal read and a special Nativity gift for someone, too!

You can earn two credits for reading this book. Simply read, fill out the General Worksheet for Books (available from the Lessons tab above) and email it back to else10(at)gmail(dot)com.

Everyday Saints and Other Stories by Archimmandrite Tikhon, ISBN 9780984284832, 490 pages, Conciliar Press: 2012.

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