Reading List

Reading List:
NOTE: Correct theology leads to correct spirituality, and correct spirituality reveals correct theology. This is not cyclical; instead it is handed down from one who experiences the revelation to a disciple. It began with Christ the Theanthropos. These classifications are not meant to divide but are for the sake of knowing where each book has its focus.
   * indicates a highly recommended read.
   + indicates advanced material.

Basic Introductions to Orthodoxy:
  • Discovering the Rich Heritage of Orthodoxy – Fr. Seraphim Bell
  • The Faith of the Saints – St. Nikolai Velimirovic
  • *The Truth of Our Faith (Vol. 1 and 2) – Elder Cleopa
  • A Pocket History of the Church – Hieromonk Aidan (Keller)
  • The Divine Liturgy Explained – Fr. Nicholas M. Elias
  • *Christianity or the Church – St. Hilarion (Troitsky)
  • *Holy Scripture and the Church – St. Hilarion (Troitsky)
  • Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy – Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick
  • The Orthodox Veneration of Mary the Birthgiver of God – St. John Maximovich
Scripture Aids, Interpretations, and Context:
  • *The Apostolic Fathers – Light and Life Publishing Company
  • *Explanation of the Holy Gospels – St. Theophylact
  • The Orthodox New Testament – Holy Apostles Convent and Dormition Skete
  • St. John Chrysostom’s Homilies on the Epistles of St. Paul – Hendrickson Publishers
  • Homilies on the Book of the Revelation – Archimandrite Athanasios Mitilinaios
Developing an Orthodox Phronema:
  • Orthodox Spirituality - Met. Hierotheos of Nafpaktos
  • The Illness and Cure of the Soul in the Orthodox Tradition - Met. Hierotheos of Nafpaktos
  • A Night in the Desert of the Holy Mountain - Met. Hierotheos of Nafpaktos
  • +* The Mind of the Orthodox Church – Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos
  • +* Empirical Dogmatics (Vol. 1) – Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos
  • Commonitory – St. Vincent of LĂ©rins
  • Indication of the Way into the Kingdom of Heaven – St. Innocent of Alaska
  • * Orthodox Faith and Life in Christ – St. Justin Popovich
  • * Sacred Tradition in the Orthodox Church – Fr. Lazarus Moore
  • Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future – Fr. Seraphim Rose
  • The Soul after Death - Fr. Seraphim Rose
  • * Genesis, Creation, and Early Man – Fr. Seraphim Rose
  • * God’s Revelation to the Human Heart – Fr. Seraphim Rose
  • * Conversation of St. Seraphim with N. A. Motovilov – Fr. Lazarus Moore
  • Three Treatises on the Divine Images – St. John of Damascus (St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press)
Orthodox Theology:
  • * Christology – St. Nektarios the Wonderworker
  • * Orthodox Psychoterapy - Met. Hierotheos of Nafpaktos
  • The Science of Spiritual Medicine - Met. Hierotheos of Nafpaktos
  • Hesychia and Theology - Met. Hierotheos of Nafpaktos
  • * St. Gregory Palamas as a Hagiorite - Met. Hierotheos of Nafpaktos
  • +* Empirical Dogmatics (Vol. 2) – Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos
  • +* The Ancestral Sin – Fr. John Romanides
  • * Patristic Theology – Fr. John Romanides
  • An Outline of Orthodox Patristic Dogmatics – Fr. John Romanides
  • + The Works of Dionysius the Areopagite
  • * On the Incarnation – St. Athanasius
  • * Theological Orations – St. Gregory the Theologian
  • + On Difficulties in the Church Fathers, The Ambigua Vol. 1 & 2 - St. Maximos the Confessor
  • + An Exposition of the Orthodox Faith – St. John of Damascus
  • + The Mystagogy of the Holy Spirit - St. Photios of Constantinople
  • * On The Mystical Life (3 volumes) – St. Symeon the New Theologian
  • The Discourses – St. Symeon the New Theologian (Classics of Western Spirituality)
  • * The Homilies of St. Gregory Palamas – Mt. Tabor Publishing
The Spiritual Life:
  • * The Prologue of Ohrid – St. Nikolai Velimirovich
  • The Evergetinos – Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies
  • + The Philokalia – St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain and St. Makarios of Corinth
  • The Ladder of Divine Ascent – St. John Climacus
  • + The Ascetical Homilies of St. Isaac the Syrian – Holy Transfiguration Monastery
  • * The Precious Pearl – St. John Damascene
  • On the Providence of God - St. John Chrysostom
  • The Way of the Pilgrim – New Sarov Press
  • Monastic Wisdom – Elder Joseph the Hesychast
  • My Elder Joseph the Hesychast – Elder Ephraim of Philotheou and Arizona
  • * The Art of Salvation - Elder Ephraim of Philotheou and Arizona
  • Counsels from the Holy Mountain – Elder Ephraim of Philotheou and Arizona
  • Elder Ephraim of Katounakia – Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi
  • Abbot Haralambos Dionysiatis: The Teacher of Noetic Prayer – Monk Joseph Dionysiatis
  • * St. Silouan the Athonite – Elder Sophrony
  • His Life is Mine – Elder Sophrony
  • On Prayer – Elder Sophrony
  • We Shall See Him As He Is – Elder Sophrony
  • The Enlargement of the Heart – Archimandrite Zacharias
  • The Hidden Man of the Heart – Archimandrite Zacharias
  • Remember Thy First Love – Archimandrite Zacharias
  • * Spiritual Counsels of Elder Paisios I-V – Holy Monastery of Evangelist John the Theologian
  • * Wounded by Love – Elder Porphyrios
  • The Garden of the Holy Spirit: Elder Iakovos of Evia – Stylianos Papadopoulos
  • Our Thoughts Determine our Lives – St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood
  • * The Arena - St. Ignatius Brainchaninov
  • * The Way of the Ascetic – Tito Colliander
Historical-Political Reading List:

Roman Interest:
  • History - Herodotus
  • History of the Peloponnesian War - Thucydides
  • Works of Plato
  • Works of Aristotle
  • The Histories - Polybius 
  • Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans (I and II) - Plutarch
  • The Twelve Caesars -  Suetonius
  • The History of the Church - Eusebius
  • The Later Roman Empire - Ammianus Marcellinus (4th Century)
  • The Wars of Justinian - Prokopios (6th Century)
  • Chronicle - Monk Theophanes (7th/8th/9th Centuries)
  • De Administrando Imperio and De Cerimoniis Aulae Byzantinae - Emperor Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus (10th Century)
  • Fourteen Byzantine Rulers - Michael Psellus (11th Century)
  • The History - Michael Attaleiates (11th Century)
  • O City of Byzantium - Niketas Choniates (12th/13th Centuries)
See the works of Fr. John Romanides. He attempts to understand Roman culture without the West imposing their understanding of history on it (as they have done for the last two or three centuries).

Other Reading Matieral:
  • Iliad and Odessy - Homer
  • The Mabinogion
  • Aesop's Fables
  • The Orations of Cicero
  • Merlin and the Grail – Robert De Boron
  • Faust – Goethe
  • William Shakespeare
  • Le Morte d’Arthur – Sir Thomas Malory
  • Charles Dickens
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • The Once and Future King – T.H. White
  • C.S. Lewis (esp. *The Chronicles of Narnia)
  • The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien