"A psalm is a city of refuge from the demons, a means of inducing help from the angels, a weapon in fears by night, a rest from toils by day, a safeguard for infants, an adornment for those at the height of their vigor, a consolation for the elders, a most fitting ornament for women." -St. Basil the Great
If you want to make the Psalter a more integral part of your life - either on your own or as part of a Psalter group - Songs of Praise is the perfect aid. It includes the full text of the Ancient Faith Psalter (with wide margins for note-taking). Each kathisma is followed by a reflection from popular Orthodox Mom blogger Sylvia Leontaritis plus several blank pages for journaling. Read, reflect, and journal your way through the Psalter and let its holy words sink into your soul.
About the Author: Sylvia Leontaritis is an Orthodox wife, mother, and author. She's loved words since she was old enough to string them together, and when her second-grade teacher taped her story to the blackboard, she knew what she wanted to be when she grew up. When she's not writing, Sylvia can usually be found knitting, baking with her boys, or hiding in their treehouse. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, three sons, and their pet hedgehog. She is currently working on her next project, a middle-grade adventure series for Orthodox kids. You can find her blogging at Adventures of an Orthodox Mom (www.orthodoxmom.com).
Praise for Songs of Praise:
Songs of Praise: A Psalter Devotional for Orthodox Women and the Psalter Groups it promotes forge spiritual bonds of kinship – something so necessary as we navigate the most “connected” but spiritually disconnected time in history. [The book] not only contains the entire Psalter, space for recording one’s own reflections, but also Sylvia Leontaritis' own musings about her struggles, hopes, and spiritual insights. Her words not only mirror the intimate, prayer-filled psalms of King David, but meaningfully connect the contemporary reader to the essence of the Psalter. Songs of Praise includes all my favourite things: prayers, sayings of the Holy Fathers, space for me to write down my thoughts, and friendship. It is a great resource and boon for every Orthodox Christian woman.
-Matushka Constantina Palmer, author of The Scent of Holiness
With all the charm and exuberance of a best friend who has stumbled onto something that she must share, Sylvia Leontaritis shares her love of the Psalms in this beautiful psalter journal. In between each of the twenty kathismas (a grouping of several short chapters of the Psalms) are some of the author's personal thoughts, followed by blank pages for one's own journaling. The whole book is simple, beautiful, and best of all, ready for you and me to dive into the good work of reading or chanting, meditating on, and absorbing the Psalms. It is the perfect spiritual effort to do alone or in a group any time of year, but especially during one of the longer fasts. Songs of Praise has everything you need, best friend included, except a pen! (And I have plenty to share if you happen to need one...)
-Jane G. Meyer, author of several books for children, including The Man and the Vine, A Book of Questions, and When God Made You.
Author: Sylvia Leontaritis
Dimensions: 6 X 9 inches
Page Length: 384 pages
Author: Kopyttseva, Natalia Mikhailovna
This book is the ideal companion to the previously published Champion of Good: The Life of Father Ilarion (Holy Trinity Publications, Jordanville, 2011). All who have already encountered Father Ilarion through his life will be equally engaged by his words. Those who meet him first through his preaching will want to go on to read his life. Together, they convey a potent message of the possibilities that open to the human soul that turns to God with singleness of mind and humility. The sermons are grouped by subjects. One index lists the sermons in church calendar order and the other index lists the sermons in chronological order for those who wish to see what was preached in an historical context.
Copyright Holy Trinity Monastery
In the style of his beloved podcast, Fr. Barnabas Powell offers reflections for each workday of the year to inspire us to live out our faith in the real world every day. Read these brief, pithy thoughts for a shot of encouragement to live each day as Orthodox on Purpose.
Page Length: 272 pages
Throughout Scripture and patristic writings, Christians are consistently enjoined to give thanks to God in all things. But it can be easy to forget to give thanks on a daily basis, especially in times of trial. This journal contains an inspiring quotation for each day of the year, plus space to record brief thanksgivings for three years in a row. With a consistent practice of giving specific thanks to God each day of the year, you will see your life transformed.
Author: Nicole M. Roccas
Paperback: 376 pages
Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
by Brandi Willis Schreiber
The Orthodox Church's reverence for Mary the Mother of God can be a stumbling block for converts, and a fulfilling relationship with her can prove elusive for converts and lifelong Orthodox Christians alike. In this deeply personal but beautifully universal memoir, Brandi Willis Schreiber relates her own quest to know and love the Virgin Mary and to incorporate her as a vital participant in her spiritual life. Brandi's sparkling, vulnerable account invites the reader to join her in this quest.
About the Author: Brandi Willis Schreiber is a published author of poetry, nonfiction, and award-winning fiction. A longtime native of West Texas, she writes between two horizons, where the visible expanse of the Texas plains and the invisible expanse of the human heart and faith meet. A convert to Orthodoxy, she holds an M.A. in English with an emphasis in creative writing and poetry and a B.A. in English Language and Literature, both from Texas Tech University. This is her first full-length book of creative nonfiction.
Praise for A Long Walk with Mary
"For some of us, love of the Theotokos comes easily; but for some of us (like Brandi Schreiber and myself) it's a slow, uncertain process. This beautifully-written book describes what it's like to begin to trust her, and bring her our most heartfelt needs. We then find that, just as Jesus said, she is now the Mother of us all." -Frederica Mathewes-Green
"Brandi Willis Schreiber's delicate prose invites the reader into the beautiful, everyday interactions and experiences in which, when one listens prayerfully, God and His Saints whisper to us." -Elissa Bjeletich, author of Tending the Garden of Our Hearts
"In this earthy and evocative spiritual memoir, Brandi Willis Schreiber traces the deepening of her relationship with St. Mary, the Theotokos. Through the stories of her relationships - with the nurturing earth, the parents who gave her birth, maternal strangers, and the growing child who is to make the writer herself a mother - Brandi follows a path into the heart of the Mother of God. As she hikes, drives, reads, reflects and prays her way closer in, she brings us along with her, inviting us to make Mary more our Mother, too. This book - enchanting and tender, readable and relatable - will be balm to those beginning their own search for the Theotokos." -Laura S. Jansson, author of Fertile Ground: A Pilgrimage Through Pregnancy
Author: Brandi Willis Schreiber
Paperback: 208 pages
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 inches