Book Recommendations: Lives of the Saints and Elders

Lives of the Saints and Elders

The Prologue of Ohrid: Lives of Saints, Hymns, Reflections and Homilies for Every Day of the Year, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 – Essential resource for the Orthodox home with short lives of the saints for each day of the year as well as reflections and homilies. Volume 1 covers January through June; Volume 2 covers July through December.
Everyday Saints (Russian Orthodox) — Collection of short stories about the Pskov Caves Monastery during the Soviet era and was the number one best selling book in Russia.
Father Arseny, 1893-1973: Priest, Prisoner, Spiritual Father &
Father Arseny: A Cloud of Witnesses — Account of Fr. Arseny’s Survival in the Soviet gulag and life afterwards. These books show the witness of how the Orthodox Faith is lived under duress and persecution.
The Life of St. Antony by St. Athanasius the Great — The life of St. Antony who experienced numerous spiritual trials in the desert. Also available in a cheaper Kindle edition.
Shepherd of Souls — Life of Elder Cleopa of Romania.
Salt of the Earth – Biography of Fr. Isidore.
Saint Nektarios: The Saint of Our Century — A modern saint who humbly endured persecution by heirarchs within the Church.
Wounded by Love — The life and spiritual councils of St. Porphyrios.
The Lives of the Holy Apostles — Detailed accounts of the lives of the 12 apostles (including Matthias) plus Paul and James the brother of the Lord and contains much information from Tradition about their travels while spreading the Gospel to other nations
The Life of the Virgin Mary, the Theotokos
The Lives of the Spiritual Mothers
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