TOP 12: books
In anticipation of the full transition to our new media library, we decided to recall what was popular in the old archives of Predaniya.ru. Let's start with the library, which I created and led for several years. I admit, this is a wonderful job, and not least because of our users, that is, you, friends.
I think it's too clear that it usually becomes popular. Today we will see what is popular in the “old” Predaniya.ru library. We did not include prayer books and Scripture in the list, since it is already clear that on the Orthodox website they will always be in the “top”.
So, below is what was popular in the “old” library. God knows, these are just great books. Glad that they are somewhere else may be popular. Thank!
12. "Lord of the Flies." William Golding
For my taste, The Lord of the Flies is one of the best novels ever written. A rare combination: a philosophical parable that reads what is called “in one breath”.
A group of children falls on an uninhabited island. On their behavior, Golding shows that he really controls people, talks about the deep structures of society. Or more simply: Golding shows what sin without embellishment is.
I don’t know the author himself would have agreed with this, but the Lord of the Flies seems to me to be the best book about paganism – not a pretty little, invented by the citizens of the 21st century, and the present with victims, wars, and so on.
11. "Doctor Zhivago." Boris Pasternak
A classic, and most importantly, purely Christian romance. Pasternak is a great poet, and his novel should be read like poetry – according to the chapter a day, without haste (this is about reproaches that the novel is “poorly written”; this is not really a novel).
Against the background of the history of Russia in the first half of the 20th century, the life of Dr. Zhivago, a person who “heals all living things” or “a doctor who is life itself,” passes. Traction to "immortality, this other name of life, a little strengthened" – the main thread of the novel.
10. “Divorce”. Clive lewis
Hell is, to put it mildly, a “difficult topic.” Defenders of the "concept of hell" seem (and sometimes are) sadists. Opponents, on the contrary, are kind and reasonable people (sometimes they are really kind and reasonable). The fact is that both those and those – defenders and opponents of hell – are not right. Lewis succeeded here almost impossible – to convincingly show why, if God is love, hell is still “necessary” (although it’s just that he – hell – destruction is necessary); or more simply – hell is simply there … The meaning of Lewis's allegory is beyond the scope of this task. Conducting before us a whole series of simple examples, he psychologically convincingly and subtly draws sin, and what is particularly successful, shows it as something stupid and disgusting, and not “seductive”, “rebellious”, etc.
So this book is one of the best about hell and sin.
9. "The path of reason in search of truth." Alexey Osipov
Protection of faith in disbelief and doubt. One of the most successful books on apologetics. Smart, simple, intelligible.
8. "Interpretation of the gospel of Matthew." John Chrysostom
John Chrysostom is one of the most revered saints. Last but not least – as an interpreter of Scripture. “Do not expect another teacher (other than the Bible). You have the Word of God – no one will teach you how it is, ”Chrysostom teaches.
Reading the Scriptures is especially important for residents of large cities: “Monks far from cities enjoy greater security. But we who live in the midst of a sea of sinful desires and temptations, we need Divine healing in order to heal from the ulcers that burden us and protect ourselves from future wounds in order to destroy the fiery arrows of Satan by the Scriptures. ”
Filokaliya – i.e., rather “beauty of love”, “lyubokrasie”. For Beauty is God. This book is a collection of texts of those who fully joined the Divine Beauty.
This is probably the most authoritative book of Orthodoxy after the Bible.
6. "Letters of Balamut". Clive lewis
The second book of Lewis in this collection, another of his allegory about the spiritual life. Letters from an older demon to a younger one with advice on how to introduce your “ward” person into the temptation.
This book can be recommended as the alphabet of the Christian spiritual life.
5. New Testament. Translation edited by Kulakov
The New Testament was written in ancient Greek. The word of God was translated many times into the languages of a multitude of nations. Thank God, the Orthodox Church has always supported this kind of undertaking: what could be more important than bringing God's Word to people?
Translation Kulakov – high-quality and clear modern translation.
4. “Learn to pray.” Metropolitan Anthony Surozhsky
The book is for beginners, for those who have decided to seriously turn to God.
“Starting conversations for beginners in the prayer path, I want to make it very clear that I do not set a goal to academically explain or substantiate why it is necessary to learn prayer; In these conversations, I want to indicate what the one who wants to pray should know and what can do. Since I myself am a beginner, I will assume that you are also beginners, and we will try to start together. I do not appeal to those who aspire to mystical prayer or to the highest steps of perfection – “the prayer will pave the way” to them (St. Theophan the Recluse). ”
3. Candid stories of a wanderer to his spiritual father
A book of a rare genre: it is both artistic literature and spiritual instruction. Cyprian (Kern) wrote about the "Tales":
“This is the way of a wanderer along endless roads, big cities and country roads of Holy Russia; one of the representatives of that “in Christ wandering” Russia, which we knew so well then, long ago, long ago … – Russia, which is now not and which probably never will be again. These are those from prep. Sergius went to Sarov and to Valaam, to Optina and to the Kiev pleasers; they visited both Tikhon and Mitrofania, they also visited St Irkutsk in Irkutsk, and reached Athos and the Holy Land. They, "having no abiding city, sought the things to come." These are those who were attracted by the distance and carefree ease of homeless living. Leaving their home, they found him in monastic abodes. They preferred the sweet conversation of family comfort to the cautionary conversation of the elders and the monks. They contrasted the sturdy way of age-old life with the rhythm of the monastic liturgical year with its holidays and church memories. They now seem to us much closer to the Poor of Assisi, or even closer to those early Christians about whom the ancient author wrote: “Christians inhabit their homelands, but like newcomers; they participate in everything as citizens, but they all suffer like strangers; every foreign land is the fatherland, and every fatherland is a foreign land … Being in the flesh, they do not live on the flesh; they roam the earth, but they dwell in heaven. "
2. "Four words about prayer." St. Theophan the Recluse
A very brief, accessible explanation of the innermost, so difficult to understand aspect of the spiritual life of a Christian – prayer. In addition to the actual "Words", the book includes: "Life in God and with God" and "Love is the crown of Christian life."
Recommended to anyone who wants to learn prayer.
1. "Elder Silouan of Athos." Archimandrite Sofroniy (Sakharov)
One of the main Orthodox books of the XX century. The first part formed the biography of prep. Silvanus, written by his student arch. Sophronium. The second is the notes of the most reverend.
“There lived a man on earth, a husband of gigantic fortitude, his name was Simeon. He prayed for a long time with an uncontrollable cry: “have mercy on me”; but God did not listen to him. Many months of such prayer have passed, and the strength of his soul has been exhausted; he came to despair and exclaimed: “You are inexorable!” And when with these words in his soul, exhausted from despair, something else broke, he suddenly for a moment saw the living Christ: the fire performed his heart and his whole body with such force that if the vision lasted a moment more, he would die. Afterwards, he could never forget the inexpressibly meek, infinitely loving, joyful, incomprehensible world filled with the gaze of Christ, and the subsequent long years of his life testified tirelessly that God is love, immeasurable love, incomprehensible. About him, this witness of divine love, the word is ahead of us. "
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