Saturday, March 8, 2014

A Book for Lenten Reading: Thirty Steps to Heaven

Dear Students and Friends,

I recently received and began reading "Thirty Steps to Heaven: The Ladder of Divine Ascent for All Walks of Life" by Vassilios Papavassiliou. In short, easy to read chapters, the author explains St John Climacus' work, Ladder of Divine Ascent, originally written as a guidebook for monastics on how to attain the spiritual life.

I have St John's book on my shelf, but often felt discouraged when I sat down to read it. Now, through "Thirty Steps," I am gaining more easily understood insights and encouragement on how to become closer to Christ. I highly recommend this book to you as something you can read, one chapter a day, during Lent, along with daily scripture reading.

Read more about this new book here and here.

You can earn 2 credits for reading this book. Simply read, complete the General Worksheet for Books, and return it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com after Pascha.

Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou is a priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain. He was born in London in 1977 and holds degrees in pastoral and social theology, classics, and Byzantine music. He is the author of Meditations for Great Lent, Meditations for Advent (Ancient Faith Publishing), Journey to the Kingdom: An Insider’s Look at the Liturgy and Beliefs of the Eastern Orthodox Church (Paraclete Press), and numerous articles on Christian Orthodox faith and theology.

Fr Vassilios has a blog with Bible studies and thoughts here. Check it out!

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