THIS BOOKLIST IS CURRENT AS OF: February 23rd 2013

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I
BOOKS WRITTEN ESPECIALLY
FOR YOUNG READERS


Lives of Saints for Young People
(by Archbishop Lazar Puhalo)


    Eleven volumes of this series are currently available. Each volume contains the lives of twelve saints, one for each month of the year, told for young readers. Volume Five contains lives of British saints. Number of pages varies. Eleven volumes available.
Each Volume    $5.00

Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3
Volume 4
Volume 5
Volume 6
Volume 7
Volume 8
Volume 9
Volume 10
Volume 11
Volume 12
Complete 12
Volume Set: $50

   
TWELVE GREAT FEAST DAYS
(by Archbishop Lazar Puhalo)
Written for young readers and arranged so that it can be used as a "Life of Christ," and as a church school text. (Also available in Romanian and Russian)
$10.00      

 COLOURING BOOKS
FOR CHILDREN

THE CREATION OF THE WORLD,
FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
    This simply written narrative of the creation of the world is illustrated to be used as a colouring book. The simplified text is accompanied by the full text from the Orthodox Septuagint Old Testament. 27 pages.
$4.00      

ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN
ALPHABET COLOURING BOOK
    Illustrated with Orthodox Christian themes, this delightful book permits small children to learn about the faith while learning the "ABCs."
$4.00      

ORTHODOX CHURCHES FROM AROUND THE WORLD COLOURING BOOK
   This children's colouring book features selected drawings of Orthodox Christian Churches from Russian, Greece, Serbia, Alaska, Canada and many other countries around the world. Helps give children a broader understanding of the Orthodox Church as reaching out to all nations.
$4.00      

GREAT SERBIAN ORTHODOX FRESCOES
COLOURING BOOK
    The drawings in this colouring book feature simple drawings of actual frescoes from the great Serbian Orthodox Monasteries, many of them in Kosovo- Metochia. This colouring book is of great cultural and historical value.
$4.00      

    ORTHODOX CHILDREN'S STORIES

AUKE LAKE TALES
(by Etolin Wittanen)
The only truly North American original Orthodox children's book. This beautifully illustrated book contains charming stories of a family of Orthodox children in Alaska who are part Tlingit Indian and part Russian.
$10.00      

THE HOLY MYSTERIES/SACRAMENTS
FOR CHILDREN
This Church school/home study text contains a introduction for Church School teachers and parents about the Sacraments and about Divine Grace. The text for children is simple and straight forward. It contains pictures to colour, and simple puzzles to solve. 57 pages
$8.00

II
ESPECIALLY FOR TEENAGERS


THE LAW OF GOD
(by Saint Philaret of New York)
This excellent instructional book, written by the late Metropolitan Philaret of New York, covers a wide range of subjects affecting teenagers and young adults in our present times. It is excellent for church schools.
$5.00      

III
PATERICONS AND
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS


GREAT FATHERS OF THE CHURCH
    A unique presentation of the lives of 27 of the greatest fathers of the Church. This book is written for ordinary readers, not theologians or scholars. The "Life" of each of the holy fathers is prefaced with a history and description of the city they lived and worked in. This book will give the reader greater understanding of the history of the Church and the way its teachings were presented by the holy fathers.
$10.00      

FROM THE "NEW WORLD PATERICON"
INNOKENTY OF ALASKA
(by Archbishop Lazar Puhalo)
The life of Bishop Innokenty Veniaminov (St Innocent), the enlightener of Alaska. This volume, illustrated with historic photographs, line drawings and maps, is written in an easy to read, non-academic manner. Includes St Innocent's work Indication of the Way Into the Heavenly Kingdom, the first piece of literature to be written in a native language in North America, this book explains, in simple, direct terms, the path of the Orthodox Christian life in Christ.
$10.00      


THE KIEV CAVES PATERIKON
    Translated and printed in honour of the 1000th anniversary of the "Baptism of Rus'," this volume contains the lives of the saints and wonderworkers of the first great North Slavic monastery, and one of the holiest places of pilgrimage for Orthodox Christians. 68 pages.
$10.00      

GOD'S FOOLS
(translated from the Russian by
Bishop Varlaam Novakshonoff)
    A special collection of the "Fools for Christ's Sake." This collection is arranged in chronological order, to show the continuity of this great prophetic ministry from the earliest centuries to the present. Beautifully illustrated. 91 pages. (Also available in French)
$6.00      

THE SPIRITUAL MEADOW
(by John Moskhos)
The Spiritual Meadow is the "Palestine Patericon" and features brief lives and sayings of the desert fathers of ancient Palestine and Gaza. Includes instructive monastic parables and moral fables used to teach young monks just beginning their monastic journey. Nicely illustrated, this edition includes a foreword and prologues which give a clear explanation of monasticism, and a history of the foundations of Orthodox Christian monastic life. An index of the main ancient monasteries of Palestine makes the text easier to follow. The copious footnotes which have been added are fascinating and invaluable, illuminating the times and historical personalities involved in the stories.
$15.00      

IV
INSPIRATIONAL READING



THE GUARDIAN ANGEL
(Prayerful Contemplations)
    This clear, simply written book contains a section on the Orthodox teaching about the nature and work of the angels, which is very useful for church schools. The second section of the book contains deeply inspirational prayerful contemplations for each day of the month. The role of the guardian angel in our daily lives becomes clear and meaningful with the reading of this work.
$12.00      

THE MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS
(Prayerful Contemplations)
(by Archbishop Lazar Puhalo)
 The Orthodox Christian teaching about the life and history of the Most Holy Theotokos is found in part one of this moving book. Part two contains a prayerful contemplation on the Theotokos for each day of the month. These "contemplations" are written in such a way that they provide an explanation of (1) the Old Testament prophecies about the Holy Virgin; (2) the New Testament Scripture about the Holy Virgin and; (3) the meaning of the Church hymns and our special veneration of the Holy Virgin. These explanations answer many of the Protestant attacks against the Holy Virgin, and provide Orthodox Christians with sound explanations so that they may practise the Orthodox faith with greater understanding.
$12.00      


"IN MORNING DEW"
(Prayerful Contemplations)
(by Elia (Ron) Puhalo, Jr.)
A collection of short inspirational readings, one for each day of the month. This small booklet is a good travel companion. The contemplations are based on the glory of nature and God's creation.
$5.00      

V
EDUCATIONAL BOOKS
AND BOOKLETS


YE THAT STAND IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD
A Scriptural Commentary on the Divine Liturgy
and the Cycle of Divine Services.
    (by Archbishop Lazar Puhalo)
This book was actually written in 1969-70, before Vladika Lazar was ordained to the diaconate. It was edited in 1974 and appeared in serialized form in two or three journals in the early 1970s. While other writers have borrowed from it over the years (usually without giving credit), most of the beautiful and powerful commentaries of His Eminence on the sections of the Liturgy have not appeared in print before. This is an excellent text for adult church schools and for seminarians. It makes a convincing case that the Divine Liturgy is the oldest form of New Testament Scripture, and demonstrates the complete unity between Scripture and the Divine Liturgy. The commentaries bring forth the vital, living, mystical aspect of the Orthodox Divine Liturgy. This new edition of the work contains Vladika Lazar's commentary on the cycle of the divine services of the Orthodox Church. A supurb text to help the inquirer, the new convert or those who have been Orthodox all their lives, understand the Divine Liturgy and services in a new and more dynamic way.
$10.00      


A CONCORDANCE TO THE
WORKS OF DOSTOEVSKY
(by Saint Antony Khrapovitsky)
Written while the saint was in a Jesuit prison in Galicia, this book features an interpretive concordance of major themes in the words of Dostoevsky. St Antony had attended many of the lectures given by Dostoevsky and many of his contemporaries felt that Antony Khrapovitsky, then a young monk, was used by Dostoevsky as a "type" for Aliosha in The Brothers Karamazov. This is a new publication which incorporates the above "Concept of Spiritual Re-birth." This is an excellent handbook for all readers of Dostoevsky and is currently being used in some universities for that purpose.
$10.00      


THE ICON AS SCRIPTURE
(by Archbishop Lazar Puhalo)
Since 1972, Archbishop Lazar has given a lecture, with slides, entitled "The Icon as Scripture." This important dimension of the meaning of the icon is often overlooked, or not well defined. "The icon is another one of the languages into which the Bible is translated," Archbishop Lazar observes. This important book is copiously illustrated with reproductions of icons and line drawings to emphasize aspects of the icon. Contains an added chapter on the development of icons of the Last Judgment, and the text of Dr. Alexandre Kalomiros' landmark treatise, "The River of Fire." (also available in Romanian)
$15.00      


MELETI
SPIRITUAL TALKS OF ARCHBISHOP LAZAR
    This series of talks, questions and answers begins with the Archbishop's discussions with teenagers in Thessaloniki, Greece. It continues with the discussions at spiritual evenings with people from a broad spectrum of society. The talks, questions and answers were tape recorded and transcribed, translated into English and edited for publication. This is a highly useful collection which deals with the problems faced by Orthodox Christians in their daily lives.
$10.00      

 AN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN HANDBOOK
    Contains scriptural answers to the questions most frequently raised by Protestants about the Orthodox Christian faith. It is an invaluable guide for the missionary, church school teacher, Bible study group or parent.  138 pages
$15.00      


VI
POINT OF FAITH SERIES
    These excellent booklets are a must for every parish bookstall or store. Each one is written as a response to the most frequently asked questions by lay people in the Orthodox Church and by those interested in the Orthodox faith who have not yet become converts. Simple, clear, straightforward and complete, this series has been translated into Romanian, Greek, Russian, Serbian and Ukrainian. At least two of them have been published in Polish.
  Recently reprinted in a simpler and more popular format, these booklets are $1.00 each, with special quantity discounts available.
     All titles listed in this section are $1.00 each.


    1. THE MYSTERY OF LOVE AND MARRIAGE
    Vladika Lazar's popular talks for young people on the mystery and meaning of love and holy marriage. This booklet is a superb gift to those who are planning to marry, or for newlyweds. Vladika gives a penetrating Orthodox Christian understanding of the mystery that will elevate the way a couple view their own relationship.

2. ON THE BAPTISM OF INFANTS
        A complete explanation of the Orthodox Christian practice of baptizing infants. This booklet also contains an explanation of the meaning of baptism itself.

   3. THE VENERATION OF
THE THEOTOKOS
    A comprehensive discussion, from Holy Scripture, of our veneration of the Virgin Mary as "ever-virgin," and "Mother of God." This booklet answers many of the questions asked by sectarians about our veneration of the Theotokos such as, `Who were the brothers of Jesus?' and `Who was the sister of Mary mentioned in scripture?'

4. THE SAINTS OF THE CHURCH
    "Who are these `saints' and why do you venerate them?" One of the most commonly asked questions posed by sectarians who try to lead people out of the Orthodox Church. This booklet answers the question at the level that it is asked. It is not a theological treatise on sainthood or the prayers of the saints. Designed to answer the question in a direct and courteous manner, the answer is taken from the simple spiritual life of the Church. The purpose of this Point of Faith number is to provide an answer that is "accessible" and understandable to everyone, and which offers a satisfactory reply to the inquiry of Protestants, catechumens and those interested in the faith. More theological and complex discussions of the saints and sainthood are provided elsewhere.

5. ON ANGELS
    A summary of the Orthodox Christian understanding of the nature of angels and their work with mankind. Examines scriptural references to angels.

6. ON EVIL SPIRITS
    This educational booklet is especially designed for church school teachers and parents. It offsets some of the sectarian ideas on the subject, and helps us better understand our Saviour's command to pray, "Deliver us from the evil-one."

7. THE SCRIPTURAL AND SPIRITUAL MEANING OF ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN MONASTICISM
    A scriptural and patristic homily on the Biblical and traditional basis of Orthodox Christian monasticism. This booklet explains monastic spiritual terminology and gives an insight into the monastic struggle.

8. SACRAMENTS
OR HOLY MYSTERIES?
    This booklet correctly sets forth the Orthodox Christian teaching on the Holy Mysteries (sacraments) and refutes the erroneous teaching of "seven sacraments." It also gives a simple and direct discussion of the meaning of grace. This is a very important work. It combines a treatise by the pre-revolutionary Russian patristic scholar and theologian V. Rev. Taras Kurgansky with a valuable preface by noted Canadian Orthodox theologian Archbishop Lazar Puhalo.

  9. THE SCRIPTURAL AND SPIRITUAL MEANING OF THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN FASTS
    A fascinating and insightful description of the true meaning  and significance of Orthodox fasting. Beginning with the first teaching of fasting shown in Genesis, through to Apostle Paul and the necessity of fasting in order to defeat the Antichrist, Archbishop Lazar skillfully demonstrates the importance of this holy practice.

10. THE NATURE AND MEANING OF SIN
    "Faith is an orientation of the soul, not an accord with a collection of facts." So begins this outstanding treatise on sin, which as Archbishop Lazar explains, merely means "to miss the mark". Freeing its readers from the Western corruption of the dogma regarding sin, this book teaches us first the etymological origin of the  word, explaining its serious mistranslation, and shows the truth of both God's love for us and our own salvation. A must-have for those wanting to better understand the ultimate mystery of our redemption.

VII

ASPECTS OF ORTHODOXY
This series is more theological than the Point of Faith series. However, these booklets and books are still not too technical for the average reader. Most of them are part of the older Point of Faith Series, but we have now placed them in a different category because they are more complex in content than the simpler booklets in that series. All of these booklets and books contain information that every Orthodox Christian should be familiar with.

THE NATURE OF HEAVEN AND HELL ACCORDING TO THE HOLY FATHERS
    At last, a truly patristic discussion of this important subject. The "traditional teaching" on this subject can only be that which the holy fathers taught in clear, unequivocal terms. This booklet will help to deliver Orthodox Christians from the dark superstitions and heavy Latin Scholastic notions on these subjects, that have been passed off as "traditional Orthodox teachings" for so long.
$5.00      

     ON THE COMMEMORATION OF THE DEAD
    For years, Orthodox Christian people have been reading a completely fictitious explanation about the regular memorial services for those who have fallen asleep. The actual explanation of the holy fathers and the apostles has not been presented. A fake "homily" attributed by an ancient Gnostic writer to St Macarios of Egypt has been circulating in spite of the fact that it is absolutely known that the "homily" was not written by St Macarios, and that the document contains heretical teachings and Gnostic doctrines. Archbishop Lazar gives us the actual Orthodox Christian patristic and apostolic explanation of the 3rd, 9th and 40th day services for the reposed, and clearly exposes the heresies in the fake "Makarian homily."
$5.00      

OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCES:
THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN TEACHING
 This sound scriptural and patristic refutation of the occult and "New Age" teachings about "out of body experiences" is especially needed at a time when members of a New Age cult have infiltrated the Orthodox Church under the guise of "conversion to Orthodoxy," and are seeking to spread their pernicious arcane teachings among Orthodox people. This valuable and urgently needed discussion is well documented from the Holy Fathers of the Church.
$4.00      

ASPECTS OF THEOSIS:
THE PURIFICATION AND SANCTIFICATION
OF THE HUMAN INTELLECT.
(by Dr Kharalambos Anstall)
 Beautifully written treatise on the doctrine of theosis. This doctrine, so fundamental to the Orthodox Christian understanding of redemption and salvation, is often presented in too complex a manner. While it is necessary for all Orthodox Christians to understand the concept, it has seldom been presented in a manner which is accessible to the ordinary reader. Dr Anstall has presented the doctrine in a clear, concise form which should be easily comprehended by most readers.
$5.00      

JURIDICAL JUSTIFICATION THEOLOGY:
AN ORTHODOX REFUTATION
  (by Dr. Haralambos Anstall and Rev.Michael Azkoul)
 A beloved and respected Orthodox theologian refutes the Juridical Theology of the Latin West and the Scholastics within the Orthodox Church, presenting an Orthodox point of view.
$5.00      

THE SACRIFICE OF CHRIST: REDEMPTION IN THE EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS AND ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN TRADITION.
(by David Starr)
An excellent exposition the Scriptural understanding of Redemption as Apostle Paul taught it in his Epistle to the Hebrews. (54 pages)
$5.00      


    THINKING THEOLOGICALLY:
"THE MYSTIC AND THE LAWYER"
    (by Rev. Dr. Michael Azkoul
    and Archbishop Lazar Puhalo)
    A demonstration of the radically different approaches to theology between Orthodox and non-Orthodox Christianity.
$5.00      

THE CREATION AND FALL
(by Archbishop Lazar Puhalo)
    Aspects of the Orthodox Christian understanding of the events in the Creation Narrative of Genesis, with explanations from the fathers of some difficult and frequently misinterpreted verses of Genesis.
$5.00      


ON CONFESSION AND THE POWER TO REMIT SINS ACCORDING TO ST SYMEON THE NEW THEOLOGIAN
(by George S. Gabriel, Ph.D.)
    Complete with the Homily of our Holy Father, St Symeon the New Theologian translated from the Greek by George S. Gabriel. This fascinating and powerful discussion of the Mystery of Confession is vital for our times.

$5.00      


VIII
THE SPIRITUAL LIFE



THE SPIRITUAL AND SCRIPTURAL MEANING OF
THE CYCLE OF ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN
DIVINE SERVICES

    A beautifully written, inspirational work. This booklet gives a vivid commentary on the struggle between the chaos of our world, and the peace and harmony of God's Kingdom. It demonstrates how the Orthodox cycle of divine services is designed to free us from the bondage of the "world" and make us participants in the inner peace and joy of the Heavenly Kingdom so that we may be "in the world, but not of the world."
$5.00      

ON ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN SYSTEMATIC PRAYER
(by Archbishop Lazar Puhalo)
    His Eminence presents an explanation and defence of Orthodox Christian systematic prayer. The volume contains Vladika Lazar's extemporaneous presentation at the 1999 St Gregory Palamas Conference. Vladika explains the patristic teaching about guarding the mind and relates it to the actual physiology and functioning of the human brain to demonstrate the astonishing understanding that the desert fathers and mothers had.
$6.00      

ON FASTING
    A collection of articles on fasting, selected for the fact that they make a direct, practical application of the Orthodox teaching of fasting to our daily lives. The articles are written at several levels, and contain a very complete scriptural teaching about fasting and its meaning. A complete schedule of fast days and instructions for a proper lenten observance is contained at the end of the book.
$5.00      

THE MEANING OF SPIRITUAL STRUGGLE (ASCETICISM)
 AND MYSTICISM IN THE
 ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CHURCH

    Orthodox Christianity has no mysticism in the Western sense of the word. All Orthodox spiritual work and theology are practical, as well as mystical. Indeed, the mysticism of Orthodoxy is pragmatic and communal. Since, however, the word "mysticism" is often misused in relation to the standard Orthodox Christian spiritual life, a clear definition of the proper terms is needed in an Orthodox context. This work, actually titled "The Living Theology of Orthodoxy," provides a profound scriptural and patristic explanation of the meaning of the concepts of asceticism or "spiritual struggle." It is especially valuable in refuting the attacks of "evangelical" Protestants against the mystical aspects of Orthodox Christian spiritual life.
$5.00      

DOSTOEVSKY'S CONCEPT OF
SPIRITUAL REBIRTH
(by Saint Antony Khrapovitsky)
    Both inspirational and theological, this book is written at an advanced level. It is an excellent source book for the parish priest and teachers of Bible study groups and higher level church school classes. 58 pages.
$5.00      

IX

THEOLOGICAL WORKS

THE SOUL, THE BODY, AND DEATH
(by Archbishop Lazar Puhalo)
With a foreword by Rev Dr George Papademetriou
    One of the most significant Orthodox Christian theological classics of the 20th century. A truly patristic, Orthodox study of this vital subject, free of all apocrypha, allegories and fables. This book has been highly praised by Orthodox theologians in several jurisdictions. Contains copious quotations from the greatest fathers of the Church. This new edition includes Archbishop Lazar's erudite and masterful study of the history of icons of the Last Judgment.
$15.00      

ON THE NATURE OF MAN
( by Rev Dr George Papademetriou)
    Essential to understanding the actual Orthodox Christian teaching about the soul, the body, the so-called "partial judgment" and, indeed, the whole spiritual life of the Orthodox believer, is an understanding of the nature of man. Rev. Dr. George Papademetriou has given us a lucid, concise and much needed exposition of the Orthodox Christian doctrine of the nature of man, the relationship between soul and body, and the concept of the human body. This book will dispel the Platonistic notions of a dualism between body and soul. According to the holy fathers, the soul alone is not a complete person, nor is the body alone. The person consists of soul and body together.
$10.00      

THE MORAL IDEA OF THE MAIN
DOGMAS OF THE FAITH
(by Saint Antony Khrapovitsky)
    A great modern Church father and saint demonstrates the vitality of the main dogmas of the faith and reveals how they apply to the real, daily lives of Orthodox Christians. Includes his response to Immanuel Kant's idea that the dogmas are a hinderance to natural morality. 175 pages. T
$25.00      

THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN
(by Archbishop Lazar Puhalo)
    Archbishop Lazar's lectures on Orthodoxy and modern physics. A profoundly spiritual refutation of the confused contentions of Fundamentalists and modern Scholastics. Archbishop Lazar demonstrates the falsity of the idea that there is a necessary conflict between Orthodox Christianity and modern science. He traces the history of the idea of such a conflict. This book is a much welcome answer to the confusion created in the minds of many of our educated young people by the Fundamentalists and Scholastics. Young people are reassured that, contrary to the obvious conclusion from Fundamentalist views, one does not have to choose between God and truth.
$15.00      

NOT BY BREAD ALONE
SERMONS ON MATTHEW
(by Archbishop Lazar Puhalo)
    A careful and patristic explanation of the meaning of the Gospel According to Matthew. These powerful sermons were delivered by Archbishop Lazar on Sundays and weekdays during the cyle of Matthew, and transcribed from audio tapes. These sermons have been hailed by many as one of the best and clearest expositions of Matthew's Gospel available today. 312 pages.
$5.00      

THE IMPACT OF BYZANTINE CHRISTIAN
THOUGHT ON MEDICINE
(by Archbishop Lazar Puhalo)
    This scholarly study reveals how the Orthodox Christian struggle against Gnosticism in the first four centuries A.D. saved the ancient Greek medical texts and helped advance medicine. It also contains the lives of the three women Holy Unmercinary Physicians, whose histories have been totally neglected since the fall of Constantinople.
$10.00      

A REGARD FOR CREATION
Collected Essays by David J. Goa
A noted scholar, theologian and philosopher, David Goa is Director of the Chester Ronning Centre at the University of Alberta and a professor of  Comparative Religion. His essays cover a wide range of subject relating to the Orthodox faith. They include presentations that he has made to non-Orthodox groups about the faith. This is an important work. 190 pages.
$25.00      

ON THE NEUROBIOLOGY OF SIN
1. by Archbishop Lazar Puhalo
This 88 page book is intended to be controversial and provoke debate and discussion on some extremely important subjects.
   Both in Christianity and Islam, religion has fallen prey to fundamentalists and political demagogues. A major part of the collapse of Christianity in the West and the radicalization of Islam results from our pre-occupation with our own superstitions and our disconnect from reality. For Christians, this entails dogmatizing the notion that mental illness is a demonic possession, making passions and "sin" into abstractions that some how infect people like phantoms, insisting on black and white absolutes and over-dogatizing the human condition. Both Islam and right-wing, fundamentalists Christians impose their political ideologies on thier religion and end up with a religio-political ideology as religion in place of a living faith in the Creator of all that exist, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Seeking to dogmatize every mystery of the human person, and impose absolutes where none can exist, morality has collapsed into ideological moralism and so deadened the life-giving Gospel of Jesus Christ among Christians, and turned ordinary Islamic citizens into violent murderers.
    This book does not directly address all these issues, but rather invites a closer look at the gap between destructive moralism and life affirming morality, between superstition and reality in the Christian life. Above all, it invites readers to open their minds and think deeply about the actual meaning and manifestations of sin, passions and the human condition. Only by throroughly and openly discussing these subjects can we bring ourselves into a position to respond to the 21st Century in a healing and life-bearing manner, focussing once more on the gospel of Jesus Christ, instead of the dark cloud of legalistic hyper-moralism.
$15.00      
GEHENNA
The Patristic Orthodox Teaching about the nature of Helll (Gehenna), Hades (Sheol) and Heaven. Includes a discussion of the nature of man and the nature of Judgment, both the partial and final judgments. 230pages with many colour illustrations. $30


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AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO:
AN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE
(by Rev. Dr. Michael Azkoul
& Rt. Rev. Bishop Gregory)
    A summary of the profoundly scholarly work The Influence of Augustine of Hippo on the Orthodox Church. Fr Michael Azkoul has provided a series of brief summaries on four of the chapters of his larger work. These summaries are simplified for the average reader. Fr Michael, a renowned patristic scholar looks at the heresies of the controversial new-Platonist philosopher Augustine of Hippo, and examines the sorrowful influence he has had on the Christian faith.
$6.00      

THE TOLL HOUSE MYTH:
NEO-GNOSTICISM
(by Rev. Dr. Michael Azkoul)
    According to Gnostic doctrine and pagan Egyptian and Chaldean myths, when a person dies, his soul encounters demonic judgment stations, variously called "archons of the astral spheres," "the forty-two nome gods of Egypt," "aerial toll-houses," "customs houses" or "astral travel gates." Popular in pagan peasant societies, especially those under the influence of Bogomilism and other Gnostic heresies, this pagan myth has infiltrated Orthodox Christian literature via the biographies of Gnostic mystics. It was introduced into English language literature through a neo-Gnostic sect in America. Rev Dr Michael Azkoul examines one of the touchstone books of this new Gnosticism and uncovers the essential fallacies and inner contradictions, as well as the less than honest "scholarship" that went into the production of that work.
$5.00      

YE ARE GODS
Salvation According to the Latin Fathers
(by V.Rev. Dr. Michael Azkoul)
    This famous Lebanese theologian examines the soteriology of the Latin speaking holy fathers. He clearly demonstrates that, before the Roman Church fell into heresy and apostasy, the teaching about salvation was identical in both the East and the West. This book is a valuable teaching tool.
$10.00      

FREEDOM TO BELIEVE
Personhood and Freedom in Orthodox Christianity
(by Archbishop Lazar Puhalo)
    A very scholarly study by the most original and creative Orthodox Christian theologian of our era. This book explores an often overlooked aspect of the vital theology of the Orthodox faith.
$10.00      
   
THE TALE OF BASIL "THE NEW"
AND THE THEODORA MYTH:
STUDY OF A GNOSTIC DOCUMENT AND A GENERAL SURVEY OF GNOSTICISM
    (by Archbishop Lazar Puhalo)
    One of the leading experts in Gnosticism provides this study of a sometimes popular myth of evident Gnostic origin. This tale, the author argues, worked its way into the Slavic collection of Lives of Saints inadvertently. The author presents a convincing argument that the "Tale of Elder Basil the New" is of Bogomil origin. The author documents the origin of the "aerial toll-house" (telonia) myth from its Gnostic sources. A fascinating historical study.
$10.00      

THE MYSTERY OF GENDER
 AND HUMAN SEXUALITY
An antholosgy contain the following four works:
    GENDER AS PROPHECY AND REVELATION
    "MALE AND FEMALE CREATED HE THEM"
An Examination of the Mystery of Human Gender
    "YOU CALL MY WORDS IMMODEST"
On Sexuality and the Blameless Marriage Bed
THE MYSTERY OF LOVE AND MARRIAGE
$10.00      
THE MYSTERY OF GENDER AND HUMAN SEXUALITY IN ROMANIAN. $10


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BYZANTINE FATHERS AND THEOLOGIANS
(An Encyclopedic Survey by Panigiotes Chrestou)
(Translated from the Greek by
Fr George Papademetriou)
    An encyclopedic survey of the lives and teachings of the most notable theologians and holy fathers of the Byzantine era.
$15.00      

A COMPARISON OF THE MYSTICISM OF
ST SERAPHIM OF SAROV
AND FRANCIS OF ASSISI
(by Fr. George Macris)
    A careful study which demonstrates the radical difference between the sober asceticism of the Orthodox Church and the delusional mysticism of the Roman Catholic orders.
$5.00      

X
CONTEMPORARY
ORTHODOX THEOLOGIANS.
Orthodox Christian Theologians
of the 20th and 21st Centuries


 THE THEOLOGY OF FR JOHN ROMANIDES
(by Dr. Andrew Sopko)
    Fr John Romanides has been heralded as "the most important dogmatic theologian in the Orthodox world." Professor Andrew Sopko presents a scholarly, eminently readable examination of this profound and complex theologian. His famous debates with the Scholastics in Greece and his well founded insistence that the Roman Empire did not vanish until the fall of Constantinople (Byzantium was only a cultural era in the Roman Empire), are all discussed in this important work.
$20.00      

FOR A CULTURE OF CO-SUFFERING LOVE

THE THEOLOGY OF ARCHBISHOP LAZAR PUHALO
(by Dr. Andrew Sopko)
    One of the most original thinkers in the Orthodox Church today, Archbishop Lazar is also one of the most thoroughly patristic in his theology. Known primarily as a "theologian of culture," his writings cover such a vast array of subjects that it is difficult to limit the classification of his thought. With his trademark clarity and his own broad scholarship, Dr. Andrew Sopko has given us a concise overview of the Archbishop's thoughts and writings. Archbishop Lazar is a hesychastic theologian and his works of are immense value as we begin our journey through the 21st century.
$10.00      

METROPOLITAN ANTONY KHRAPOVITSKY
A Comprehensive Biography
A fascinating biography of one of the most  influencial hierarchs in Russia prior to the revolution.  A true father of the Church, the brilliant and complex man was deeply loved in Russia. He was the main force behind the restoration of the Patriarchate in Russia and was a significant contributer to the restoration of Russian Orthodox theology in the early 20th century.
$25.00      

XII
SERVICE BOOKS
and ICON MANUALS

AKATHIST HYMN FOR
OUR LADY, JOY OF CANADA
    Contains the Akathist, the Dismissal Troparion and Kontakion and Megalynarion of the feast of the "Joy of Canada." Also included are the Troparion and Kontakion for All Saints of North America, and complete instructions for serving an Akathist alone. 24 pages.
$5.00      

 COMPLETE PASCHAL SERVICE
    A complete service of Paschal Matins and the Paschal Liturgy. This large format, large print book contains the complete service, with all the special hymns and antiphons of the feast. It is designed for the use of the congregation where congregational singing allows the people to participate. However, it is useful for the congregation to follow the service even where chanters or a choir perform the service. Priest's Service Book.
$10.00      

ABBREVIATED ICON CORNER
PRAYER BOOK
 Prepared for busy families who want to pray together at their icon corner even when the children have stacks of homework and parents have to work late or bring work home.
$4.00      

THE SCHLIEPER ICONOGRAPHIC HANDBOOK
Vol. 1: The Life of the Virgin Mary, Theotokos
This volume contains an iconographers manual for all the know ikons of the life of the Virgin. In clear line drawings, with text.
$25.00      

XI
DVDs and CDs


1. NAZARETH AND HEROD
    The truth about Nazareth, Herod the Great and Herod Antipas. A clear picture of the town in which Christ grew up. Nazareth was a suburb of one of the most important Roman cities in the Near East. Who was Herod the Great? Hear the fascinating story of his rise to power, his friendship with Antony and Cleopatra and how he saved his crown and his head after opposing Caesar. What happened to Herod Antipas and Herodias after the beheading of John the Baptist? This is a fascinating and informative talk that will enliven the Gospel narrative about John the Baptist and about the whole nativity sequence in the Bible. The Meleti is by Archbishop Lazar Puhalo. DVD.
$5.00      

2. ST. GREGORY PALAMAS
AND HIS CONTROVERSY
    Responding to questions posed by Fr. James Matta, Vladika Lazar gives a direct and straightforward explanation of the meaning of the famous "Palamite Controversy." Includes a discussion of the Divine Energy.
DVD
$5.00      

3. EMBRACE SIMPLICITY:
The Monastery of All Saints of North America.
 A video produced by the Chinese National Broadcasting Network on the Monastery of All Saints of North America near Vancouver, B.C. The work of the monastery and Archbishop Lazar Puhalo. This video has beautiful photography of the monastery. Interviews and commentary by the Archbishop and the monks are in English, though the narrative is in Cantonese Chinese. A fascinating video which has been translated into three dialects of Chinese and broadcast both on Canadian Chinese television stations and on the Chinese National network in China.
DVD
$5.00      

4. FOUR SPIRITUAL TALKS ON THE
DIVINE LITURGY
    Vladika Lazar's four popular talks on the meaning of the Liturgy available on a single DVD 
$5.00      

    XIV
OTHER PUBLICATIONS


ORTHODOX CANADA:
The Journal of Canadian Orthodox Thought and Theology
FREE AT www.orthodoxcanada.org

TRADITIONAL ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CALENDAR (or Julian Calendar)
This wall calendar features the traditional Orthodox Christian dates. The appointed Scripture readings for each day are given on that date, together with a selection from the saints' feasts for each day. Major feast days are highlighted, and all fast days are indicated with clearly visible shading. The dates on this calendar are clear and easy to read. The secular date is given in larger type, set above the Julian Calendar date, which is set in a smaller type.
$5.00      

 

 

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