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A Canon for Strugglers

“Don’t let anyone ever take your books away from you.
But don’t mistake the reading of books for the real thing,
which is the living of Orthodoxy.”

-Fr Seraphim Rose

Holy Scriptures & Commentary

Orthodox Spirituality & the Christian Life

These saints all had the unique gift of writing for both monastics and those of us in the world (often simultaneously). As might be expected, these authors are also heavily informed by Holy Scripture and the Church Fathers and steeped the fullness of Orthodox holy Tradition.


Many, especially converts, have attested to the following books by Father Thomas Hopko as essential reading for catechumen or anyone that wants a solid overview of the basics of the Orthodox faith.

Note: Volumes 1-4 are available in print, but also are freely available online using the links below.

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