Everyday Saints and Other Stories
It was recommended to me by my priest, but I quickly discovered that many people in my circle of friends and acquaintances were already reading it (or had just finished it) and all were enthused by what they read.
Here we have a Russian Orthod ...more
We went to Doma Knegy (House of Books bookstore) across from Kazan Cathedral on Nevsky Prospect. I bought a book that looked interesting. Turns out it is the bestselling book in Russia since the fall of communism. First Published in 2011, within a year the book had sold more than 1 million hard copies and several million e-book copies.
EVERYDAY SAINTS AND OTHER STOREIS by Archimandrite Tikhon (Shev ...more
It's contemporary, yet goes back in time, again and again, to give us context and insights into Russian monastic life during the Soviet era to the present day. I found this fascinating and enriching. I learned a lot.
Archimandrite Tikhon Shevkunov gives us a feast of true stories and anecdotes that take us into the fabric of his life over many decades as a Russian monk. He introduces us to the many, many remarkable people and events that framed his journey.
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In those occasional hours when gloom and despondency steal upon me and seek dominion over my soul, or when the same thing is happening to people who are very close to me, I remember that everything that happens is in some way connected to the unfathomable Providence and will of the Lord.
I'm classifying this as biography/memoir, but that's really neither the overall intent nor effect of this book. Archimandrate Tikhon has pulled from the vast reservoir of his life experiences as a monk (as we ...more
I picked up Everyday Saints from the references in The Orthodox Church by Kallistos Ware. Orthodoxy, perhaps, is unfamiliar to the average American, even if they have an Orthodox Church in their neighborhood. I remember seeing a new Russian Orthodox Church going up near my home in Taylorsville, Utah, and being mystified. It seemed so foreign. Most are familiar with the American brand of Christianity, so it may come as a surprise that there are other forms of Christianity just as old as Catholici...more
A true christian book. I've never though that an orthodox archimandrite will direct me back to God, to Jesus, to real christianity. But he did that with humour, love, passion, repsect and with the naivity of an acolyte. It absolutely lacks the greasy theme of religius books, therefore I wholeheartidly recommend it to non-believers or even for agnost ...more
In addition to the purely scholarly enjoyment I derived from reading this book, I can also say it was just plainly amazing t ...more
Plus, I love the Russian title:Unsaintly Saints.