Fifteen Books to Inspire

Many priests agree that book recommendations are personal and pastoral. Even so, there are authors and titles that are repeatedly chosen for study groups, and suggested to inquirers, catechumens, and lifelong Orthodox Christians for spiritual reading.

With the help of clergy throughout the Metropolis of San Francisco, C.O.M.E. compiled this list of 15 titles as a “middle of the road” booklist to offer new bookstore managers a core to consider as they establish or review the inventory of their bookstore or parish library, and to provide ideas for group study.

Title Author Publisher/Supplier
The Year of the Grace of the Lord a monk of the Eastern Church St Vladimir Seminary Press
The Forgotten Medicine Fr. Seraphim Aleksiev St Xenia Skete/St Herman Press
Beginning to Pray Met. Anthony Bloom Paulist Press/
Saint Nectarios: Saint of Our Century Sotos Chondropoulos Kainourgia GE Publications/St Nectarios Press
The Truth of Our Faith Elder Cleopa Uncut Mountain Press/Uncut Mountain Supply
Way of the Ascetics Tito Colliander St Vladimir Seminary Press
Introducing the Orthodox Church Fr. Anthony Coniaris Light & Life Publishing
The Way of a Pilgrim translated by R. M. French Hope Publishing/
Mountain of Silence Kyriacos Markides Image Doubleday/
The Faith We Hold Archbishop Paul of Finland St Vladimir Seminary Press
For the Life of the World Fr. Alexander Schmemann St Vladimir Seminary Press
Great Lent Fr. Alexander Schmemann St Vladimir Seminary Press
The Spiritual Life St Theophan the Recluse St Paisius Monastery
The Orthodox Church Timothy Ware Penguin Books/
The Power of the Name Met. Kallistos Ware SLG Press, United Kingdom