Holy Assumption Orthodox Church
2027 18th St. NE Canton, Ohio 44705
Phone: (330) 455-9146


Recommended Spiritual Reading List

Continuous
• The Bible
• Helps to understanding the Bible
• The Apocrypha/Deuterocanonical Books
• “The Apostolic Fathers”
• Attending worship services especially Festal, Lenten, Holy Week, Great Canon
• The Lives of the Saints
• “The Prologue of Ohrid (2 volume set)
• “The Message of the Bible: An Orthodox Christian Perspective” George Cronk
• “Great Lent” by Fr Alexander Schmemann

To Begin 

General
• “Mere Christianity” C.S. Lewis
• “The Orthodox Church” by Kallistos Ware
• “The Orthodox Way” by Kallistos Ware
• “The Faith We Hold” Archbishop Paul of Finland
• “Becoming Orthodox” Peter Gilquist
• “Coming Home” Peter Gilquist
Liturgy
• “Liturgy and Life” by Fr Alexander Schmemann
• “For the Life of the World” by Fr Alexander Schmemann
• “The Year of Grace of the Lord” by Lev Gillet
• “Orthodox Worship: A Living Continuity with the Temple, the Synagogue, and the Early Church” by Benjamin D. Williams and Harold Anstall
Spiritual
• “The Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis
• “On Marriage and Family Life” by St. John Chrysostom
• “Dare to Discipline” by Dr. James Dobson (for parents)
• “Beginning to Pray” by Metropolitan Anthony Bloom
• “Living Prayer” by Metropolitan Anthony Bloom
• “The Imitation of Christ” by Thomas a Kempis
• “Dorotheos of Gaza: Discourses and Sayings”
• “The Way of the Ascetics” Tito Colliander
• “The Way of a Pilgrim”
• “The Power of the Name” Kallistos Ware
• writings of St. Theophan the Recluse

Intermediate
Spirituality
• “The Sayings of the Desert Fathers”
• “The Arena” St. Ignatius Brianchaninov
• “The Art of Prayer: An Orthodox Anthology” Igumen Chariton of Valamo
Liturgy
• “The Eucharist” by Fr Alexander Schmemann
• “Of Water and the Spirit” by Fr Alexander Schmemann
Advanced
• “The Ladder of Divine Ascent” by St. John Climacus
• “The Philokalia” (Only to be read if recommended and under the guidance of a spiritual director)

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