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Previous books of the month

Postby 尼古拉前执事 » Wed 1 December 2004 7:10 pm

This month's selected book for adults is the classic title, Against False Union by Alexander A. Kalomiros & Photios Kontoglou, translated by George Gabriel.

Thoughts of an Orthodox Christian, concerning the attempts for union of the One, Holy, and Apostolic Church, with the so-called churches of the West. From the time of its first appearance in 1964 (1967 in English), Alexander Kalomiros' Against False Union, has been widely acclaimed. Orthodox and non-orthodox alike have made reference to it, quoting especially from its chapters on ecclesiology, salvation and the participation of the Orthodox Catholic Church in the "World Council of Churches".

ADULT'S BOOK ARCHIVE:

For children, this month's selection is Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker, Life for Children.

A large-format book with full color beautifully done iconographic illustrations. Sturdy coated paper & cover for children's use. Text in rhyming verse, with words and music for a simple children's song about Saint Nicholas. Certainly a fitting gift for any child, and a special treat for a Saint Nicholas' Day celebration.

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† = Books good for both older children and adults.
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Re: Previous books of the month

Postby Apologist » Sun 26 December 2004 8:41 pm

Deacon Nikolai wrote:This month's selected book for adults is the classic title, Against False Union by Alexander A. Kalomiros & Photios Kontoglou,


New-calendarists???

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Against False Union by Alexander A. Kalomiros

Postby 尼古拉前执事 » Thu 30 December 2004 1:08 am

The book is about World Orthodoxy's move towards uniting with the Church of the Pope of Rome.

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Finally! NEW Books of the month!!!

Postby 尼古拉前执事 » Sat 14 May 2005 6:12 am

I have finally updated the books of the month for adults and children again. Please see the portal for more information.

There is a definite theme in this month's selections. I also would like to thank Father James for sending me his wonderful book to review and apologize to him for taking so long to finally get around to it.

This month's selected book for adults is the new title, Quickened in Christ: Sermons on the Sunday Epistle Readings of the Orthodox Liturgical Year by Father James Thornton.

This volume is a series of sermons on the Sunday readings from the Apostolos, the compilation of the epistolary writings of the Holy Apostles Luke, Iakovos - the Brother of the Lord, Peter, John, Paul and Jude, arranged for daily liturgical use in the Orthodox Church. The homilies are expounding withe reverence engaging and eloquent. Father James has profound veneration for Saints Paul and Luke, the authors of the Pauline Epistles and the Acts of the Apostles, from which the Sunday epistolary readings are taken; not only because he writes in a brisk and vivacious style, but also because he never fails to demonstrate the relevance of the Apostolic message for those struggling to live the Orthodox Christian life in these early years of the twenty-first century.


For children, this month's selection is The Epistle Lectionary: The Apostolos of the Orthodox Church According to the King James Version by the Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies.

This book contains readings from the Acts of the Apostles and the Epistles contained in the New Testament, arranged according to the Orthodox liturgical year. It uses the King James Version, with various corrections and emendations, and contains the prokeimena and alleluia verses. It also contains the communion verses for Sundays, Feasts, and daily liturgies. The entire book is printed in two colors — black and red; the cover, with Icons, is in full color and plastic-laminated for durability. This volume is ideal for a child or adult's daily reading at home, as well as for one to follow along with the readings in a Church whose services are in a language they do not understand.

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New November Books of the Month Added! (FINALLY!)

Postby 尼古拉前执事 » Sun 23 October 2005 5:19 am

Three months later, I have finally updated the books of the month for adults and children again. Please see the portal for more information. Sorry for such a delay in getting to these reviews!

This month's selected book for adults is the Asian evangleist's title, Christ the Eternal Tao by Hieromonk Damascene.

People of the modern West have to a great extent become jaded by Christian terminology and doctrinal constructions, yet many of them are drawn to the Person of Christ Himself. Christ the Eternal Tao seeks to develop not only a new way of seeing Christ, but also a new language by which to express His message, drawing from the enigmatic style and poetic language of Lao Tzu. This book teaches how one can come to Orthodox Christianity from the ancient Asian philosophy and religion of Taoism, which makes it a must for those that would evangelize in the Far-East.

The uniqueness of this book lies in the fact that it is highly original and at the same time totally traditional. The content of ancient Christian experience, with all its latent power, remains the same, but it is presented in a far-seeing, all-encompassing way that soars above the bounds of Western culture. In keeping with the Chinese mind and the way of Lao Tzu, the book moves from laconic poetry to scientific precision in seeking to arrive at the "minimal": the very essence of Reality. It speaks of the mysteries of the nature of the Tao, then describes the drama of the Tao "taking flesh" in Christ, opening up the reality of the other world, and finally "emptying Himself." Practical teachings on the spiritual life are presented in detail from a Tao's state of mind.

For children, this month's selection is from the Royal Diaries series; Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess of Russia, 1914 by renowned author, Carolyn Meyer.

Given to Saint Anastasia by her grandmother as a keepsake, this diary begins on the day after the Winter Ball, January 3, 1914. The 12-year-old is the youngest daughter of the last tsar of imperial Russia, yet beneath the surface of her royal life full of wealth, prominence, and opulence, readers find a typical preadolescent who misses her father when absent. Youngsters will worry over younger brother Alexei's hemophilia, experience concern as Russia comes under German attack, and feel fear and uncertainty during the family's captivity. Anastasia writes of plans for the future, but her diary abruptly concludes on May 18, 1918. Through careful research, the author successfully provides interesting glimpses into daily events, family relationships, and growing up royal. Russian terminology, unobtrusively explained, is carefully blended into the narrative. Entries are simply written, brief, and sometimes unexciting. Lulls occur in some of the everyday events; yet little expressions, mini-tantrums, and exasperation reveal Anastasia's personality, her temperament, and feelings. The epilogue details events leading to the family's assassination. The large number of real black-and-white pictures, a bit grainy in quality, pique readers' interest in the Romanovs. Additional information on life in Russia in 1914, historical notes, a family tree, information about the Russian language and calendar, and a list of characters all provide wonderful background information.

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Postby 尼古拉前执事 » Sat 20 May 2006 8:07 pm

This month's selected book for adults is the classic title, Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert Masse.

The only reason that honest and thoughtful people still have any misconceptions about the Royal Family, its life, its reign and its martyrdom is plain ignorance resulting from deception by the media and "historians" on both sides of what used to be the Iron Curtain.

Robert Massie's portrait of Russia's last tsar and his family was a bestseller thirty years ago and has enjoyed renewed interest since the fall of communism. The material is fascinating, particularly Massie's heart-wrenching account of the young heir Alexis's suffering from hemophilia. The overall effect humanizes a saintly family that had a far-reaching effect on the unfolding of the twentieth century.

For children, this month's selection is a book especially for those wanting to follow the readings in a church where English is not spoken, The Gospel Lectionary: The Evangelion of the Greek Orthodox Church According to the King James Version by The Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies.

This book contains readings from the four Gospels, Sunday Matins Gospels, Feast Days, Great Week, general categories of Saints, and various circumstances. Large print and format, two colors, with full-color Icons. A companion to the recently published Epistle Lectionary. This volume is ideal for daily reading at home, as well as for use in Church.
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Postby Грешник » Sun 21 May 2006 1:31 am

Ok, I cant help myself, I think it is humorous that the same exact book that is the book of the month this month for children is the EXACT SAME as the book from EXACTLY a year ago!

Way to be persistent!


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