Elder Joseph: Hesychastic Testimonies - an epitomized edition -
A small and yet all-inclusive book (thirteen letters) on practice of the Jesus prayer: from the very beginnings to the most hidden perfections. It teaches the principles of synergy of grace, the spiritual meaning of sufferings, the strategy of waging war against demons and resistance to the devastating influence of passions within the heart… (Translated from Greek.)
Saint Ignatius Brianchaninov: Foundations of Spiritual Life
On the feat of mourning and the gift of tears. The practice of prayer in its entirety and the negative aspects of it. What makes the prayer holy, i.e. effective? What destroys it and corrupts its practice? More on delusion. Importance of spiritual guidance to the advancement in the Jesus prayer. A short hagiography of Saint Ignatius. (Translated from Russian.)
Sophrony (Sakharov): On Spirit and Life - 247 homilies -
To the soul's tender part, man's hidden heart!
Silouan: Sad Joy - joyous sadness -
What is the ineffable way of the Saints like, as for all the God-loving could see its guideposts… "My soul yearns after the Lord and I seek Him in tears. Where Art Thou, my Light? Where Art Thou, my Joy?… Lo, Thou Art everywhere, but my soul beholds Thee not and yearning, in tears, seeks Thee! …When people nourish the fear of God, then our sojourn on earth is peaceful and calm. The Ecumenical Patriarchate placed Staretz Silouan in the canon of Saints in 1988 in Constantinople. (Translated from Russian.)
Paisios: Introduction to Monastic Life - an epitomized edition -
Most useful record of the beginnings of monastic life.
This book is an outcome of the first catholic temptation
of the newly born monasticism: the great fuss caused by certain distressed
parents and journalists, along with the phantasmal cloud of the chance
bystanders over the first enlightened foreheads of the young Army of
Christ in the country. For the prayers of our Elder, God had mercy
on us. Amen.