Monday, May 5, 2014

Review: The Scent of Holiness

Constantina R. Palmer is a Canadian young woman who converted to orthodoxy as an adult and who travelled with her husband to study at Aristotle University at Thessaloniki, she to study iconology and he, theology.  In addition to ‘book-learning’ they “sought the guidance, friendship and instruction of nuns” and visiting priests, and spent  many hours not only as visitors to the monasteries but as fellow workers. 

Her book, The Scent of Holiness is sub-titled “lessons from a women’s monastery" Just as a rosary is made up of 33 knots, so too is her book composed of 33 chapters, which she has renamed ‘knots’.  One of my favourite stories is of a Sister Agathi who told Constantina that tears did not come naturally to her when reflecting on [her] sins”. She felt badly enough to confess this and was comforted when the priest told her “that for a person who does not cry easily and struggles to shed tears over his or her sins, it is enough for that person to merely sigh. One deep, heartfelt sigh from a person with this kind of character can equal a lifetime of tears by someone else with a different character.” Constantina is a delightful story-teller and the book is both an encouragement and an inspiration to those of us who can’t get away anytime soon to visit a monastery but who would love to know what it is like. 

You can buy the book from our bookshop for $20 or take it out from the library for free.

-- review by Wendy McGee, librarian, Three Hierarchs Library 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

NEW BOOKS....but please be patient!

While at the AAC in Seattle, I was able to get a number of new books for the bookstore and library. We had a  limited budget, so I thought I had best spend the largest amount on Orthodox books for Children, which are hard to come by through other channels, and are much needed for our growing tribe of youngsters. There are also a few other books for adults.

These are in a box in the library at the moment, but we have to get them catalogued and labeled, and that will be up to Maria and Wendy, who are as busy as everyone else. So please feel free to have a look at what we have there. If you are really dying to read a particular book, let us know and it will be the first to get processed!

You will also find a few items like small card icons and pins in the bookstore which you are welcome to for any size donation-- if Maria isn't around, just put the money in the candle tin.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Fr. Richard's essay book

UPDATE: YES we now have a couple of these books available in the bookstore!

I -think- we are going to be getting some of these in for the bookstore & library, but I lost track of the details...Mat.D. 

A Collection of Articles Now Available for Purchase Online!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Ravens of Farne

My author's copies have arrived, so naturally the parish library gets a freebie!

The bookstore will have to wait a little longer-- the official release is not till next month and it isn't yet posted on the Conciliar site and Amazon.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Review of The Jesus Prayer by Frederica Mathewes-Green

We recently acquired this book.

Bev Cooke has a review of it on her blog:

"Without actually coming out and saying so, Frederica makes the point that you can’t say the prayer without understanding something about the Orthodox faith..."

rest of review here.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Interview with Author Katherine Hyde

about her children's picture book, Lucia, Saint of Light.

If you are on Facebook, Katherine is giving away a free copy in a draw on her author page there.