Wednesday, November 5, 2014

New book on asceticism

Dear Students and Friends,

A new resource has just been published that fits in with our study on Asceticism. Orthodox author Anthony Coniaris has written "Tools for Theosis," now newly published by Light and Life Publishing.

Here is the book description:

Theosis--becoming Christ-like--is a life-long process that requires our personal participation and more importantly, the workings of the Holy Spirit. As St. Paul reminds us, “the spirit is willing but the flesh (fallen man) is weak.” How do we equip ourselves, therefore, for this arduous and ongoing journey of theosis? Fortunately, the Church in all her Wisdom, does not leave us without practical guidance. The author, Fr. Anthony M. Coniaris, has gleaned a variety of timeless tools from countless Orthodox sources, which assist us in our struggle to fully participate in the process of theosis. This book will be of great assistance for those desiring to don the armor and faithfully commit to the rigors of our high calling. It is a “must read” for any Orthodox, and beneficial for both personal use or as a group study.

While I have not had a chance to see the table of contents, it seems to me that this book will address some--if not many--of the practices we Orthodox term "ascetic"--prayer, alms, fasting and more. I invite you to check out the book on the publisher's website and consider it for your future reading.

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