Introduction to Orthodoxy and Spiritual Formation


o Entering the Orthodox Church by Metropolitan Hierotheos Vlachos

o Great Lent by Fr. Alexander Schmemann (SVS Press, 2001)

o The Beginnings of a Life of Prayer by Archimandrite Irenei Steinberg (St. Herman of

Alaska Brotherhood, 2012)

o The Divine Liturgy: A Commentary in the Light of the Fathers by Hieromonk Gregorios

(Koutloumousiou Monastery, 2009)


o Thine Own of Thine Own: Divine Liturgy Commentary for Lay Orthodox Christians

(2011) by Fr. Patrick O’Grady (Self-published)

o The Orthodox Veneration of Mary the Birthgiver of God by St. John Maximovitch (St.

Herman of Alaska Brotherhood)

o On the Incarnation by St. Athanasius the Great (SVS Press)

o Father Arseny, 1893-1973 (SVS Press, 2004)


o Wounded by Love: The Life and the Wisdom of Elder Porphyrios (Denise Harvey, 2005)


o Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives: The Life and Teachings of Elder Thaddeus of

Vitovnica by Ana Smiljanic (St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood, 2009)

Also recommended:

o The Way of the Ascetics (1985) by Tito Colliander

o The Mind of the Church by Metropolitan Hierotheos Vlachos


o The Faith: An Orthodox Catechism (1997) by Clark Carlton

o On the Priesthood by St. John Chrysostom (SVS Press, 1984)

o The Way (1997) by Clark Carlton


o The Truth (1999) by Clark Carlton

o The Orthodox Way (1998) by Bishop Kallistos Ware

o Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy by Fr. Andrew Damick (Conciliar Press, 2011)

o The Way of a Pilgrim (many editions)

o For the Life of the World by Fr. Alexander Schmemann (SVS Press, 1998)

o The Diary of a Russian Priest by Alexander Elchaninov (SVS Press, 2001)