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Another novel for YA by the author of The Landing Place and Roman Carnival

Tomasu Sawabe is an artist from an aristocratic samurai background, who flees to Paris at the rise of militarism in Japan.

On the death of his father he is forced to return and is caught up in the fervour of a general mobilization.

Unknown to Sawabe, Tien Loi, a street kid, will play a significant role in Sawabe's destiny.


Fr. Seraphim Gascoigne’s Angel Above the Sea brings to life a frightening time and place in 20th Century history. Seen largely through the eyes of two disparate characters, the Japanese occupation of Shanghai holds many intertwining stories. Shanghai street urchin Tien Loi, searching for his sister, crosses paths with Sawabe Tomasu, an idealistic Japanese Imperial officer who is at heart an artist longing to return to his training in Paris.

City crimelords, occupying troops with corrupt officers, student resistance bands, and strange supernatural beings weave their way through the narrative.Western readers may be surprised to find a Russian Orthodox cathedral in the midst of the wartime chaos, where it stands as a haven for the street children and a jewelbox of beauty against the backdrop of death and destruction.

 Preteens and young adults will enjoy following Tien Loi on his dangerous and meandering pilgrimage, encountering friends and foes,  close calls and mystical experiences. 

Donna Farley, Author and Poet

Father Serafim Gascoigne has done it again...

A thrilling tale based in a small wedge of history with a character driven plot. The delightful dance between the characters of Sawabe Tomasu and Tien Loi as they deal with the harsh realities of war is captivating.

Placed in an invaded Shanghai with Japanese soldiers bearing down on the city, the reader is quickly drawn into the story between the cracks. There is more than one kind of war.

There is the gripping inner turmoil of one Japanese soldier and the cunning survival tactics of a street urchin. And in the midst arises a saintly man who fears no one but God.

I simply could not put the book down and read it all in one day.

Sally Franz, author of Scrambled Leggs

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I would say, of course, you should go to a priest. But, very sadly, I see something in our world: it is happening more and more often that we, priests, do not find the Orthodox way of receiving a man, of listening to him, of understanding him, of resurrecting him.

What is a psychologist? He is one to whom you go to and leave all your burdens and tell him everything, and know that he will not judge you, and for professional reasons, he will not disclose the mystery of your confession, in principle.

Fathers, priests! This is our prerogative! We must not only be able to replace the psychologist, but surpass above any expectation what he can do for a client. Why? Because we have the Mystery of Repentance, we have God Whom we can impart to people.

I am telling you this, so that we go only a little bit into the Divine Mystery, and then we do not know how far it will get! I have seen mass resurrection, tens of families being raised from the dead in the West, as well as here!

Archimandrite Raphael (Noica), 2014.



After reading Fr.Serafim's latest book, I had the unmistakable impression that he was trying to weave a spell. His descriptions and citations of the Fathers' teaching regarding suffering, sickness, sin, health, and healing were salutary and inspiring, as was his insightful commentary on modern secularism.

That was all good enough, but what felt like the long weaving of spell was the succession of story after story. In fact the book might be considered an extended hagiographical compendium of the stories of saints, stories which open up for us and conduct us into another world - a world in which holy men speak with divine wisdom and make divine power available to a needy world.

Reading one such story of miraculous healing was good, and reading two stories was even better. But the book goes on and on, relating story after story, tale after tale, miracle after miracle.

The book is not so much a series of narratives as it is a kind of incantation. And such an incantation and spell is exactly what we need today.

It was C. S. Lewis (in his Oxford sermon, The Weight of Glory) who reminded us that "spells are used for breaking enchantments as well as for inducing them. And you and I have need of the strongest spell that can be found to wake us from the evil enchantment of worldliness which has been laid upon us for nearly a hundred years...Almost all our modem philosophies have been devised to convince us that the good of man is to be found on this earth".

Fr. Serafim's book forms not just a counter-weight and answer to these philosophies; it also offers a spell to help break the evil secular enchantment which has been laid upon us. If you doubt that secularism has laid such an evil enchantment upon us, that simply shows how effective the enchantment has been - and how much you may need Fr. Serafim's book.

-Archpriest Lawrence Farley, Author of Orthodox Bible Commentaries.

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ISBN 978-0-6156719-2-5 OCTS, 2012

A man of few words but great compassion, Father Lazar of Ostrog Monastery in Montenego sought neither attention nor accolades, yet became a revered spiritual leader for those within, and without, the walls of his monastery.

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Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov)

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More than a million copies and several million electronic versions of this book have sold in less than a year. Everyday Saints and Other Stories is the English translation of a work that has soared at the top of the bestseller lists in Russia since its publication in late 2011.

Its readership spans philosophical boundaries, from the devoutly religious to the vehemently atheist. Discover a wondrous, enigmatic, remarkably beautiful, yet absolutely real world. Peer into the mysterious Russian soul, where happiness reigns no matter what life may bring.

“There is no doubt about the popularity of Archimandrite Tikhon’s book: they read it in the subway, discuss it in intellectual circles and blogs.” —Kommersant “Finally a book has come out about religion without any pious editing, written by a real author. Everything in it breathes the personal experience and excellent writing style of Father Tikhon, and this style is comparable to the great storytellers of our age, from Chekhov to Konetsky and Dovlatov.” —Rossiskaya Gazeta (Russian News).   $23.00 plus shipping

ISBN 978-0-9842848-3-2 504 pages, illustrated



Spend quality time with your cyber-savvy teen!

Living in today's digital society poses new challenges for Christians at work, at home and in leisure activities. The seeds of secularism are everywhere, pervading all aspects of life, not simply in the field of pop-culture. In a society dominated by secular thought, we need to be the leaven in the Gospel.

As Christians we should not reject the world but rather transform it by transforming our own lives and the lives of our families.

Young people today are digital. They belong to a generation that thinks differently.

For them, technology is like the air they breathe. It is a fact of life. Engaging with your teen will equip you to engage with the future.

However, you do not have to be a geek parent to get involved and enjoy the amazing world of cyberspace with your teen.

Teen Time puts you and your family at the head of exciting game changing ideas such as social media, cloud-based information and gaming. Teen Time helps to create a family computer culture using social networking, exploring the newest trends in information technology - and best of all, making the fun of gaming a valuable learning tool for your teen’s future.

As you travel through cyberspace, you will learn how to innovate and develop critical skills and creativity. You will learn how to avoid cyber hazards such as fantasy addiction and cyber predators through helping your teen to make informed choices.

Teen Time offers tips and advice that can be applied to almost any family situation, such as family dynamics and family bonding.

Teen Time offers parents proven practical solutions that really work. The digital generation gap will be a thing of the past as your whole family takes control of the cyberworld around them.


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I loved this book.

It offers a wealth of information for parents who want to take a proactive role with their kids in the age of cyberspace. While taking seriously the risks of the digital age, Fr. Gascoigne opts for a more constructive and creative approach. He recognizes that the positive potential of cyberspace is at least as important as the dangers. He provides a wealth of interesting information to help parents get up to speed. At the same time, he provides a faith and values orientation by which to deal with contemporary culture and provide wise, engaged parenting.

I highly recommend this resource!

Greg Hunt, author of "Blackbird Singing in the Dead of Night: What to Do When God Won't Answer"


Reverend Serafim Gascoigne compellingly argues that the internet and the use of modern technology has the potential in advancing the educational, creative and intellectual abilities of children and adults, though one must always be vigilant in selecting the material presented.

Reverend Gascoigne cites psychologists, educators, and holy fathers of the Eastern Orthodox Church in his approach to the modern technology and cyberworld, calling parents, educators and children to be cautious, but not indifferent to this undeniably fast-moving and high technology world.

‘Teen Time’ book informs families and individuals on issues of social networking, video games, internet, cyber bullying, and family time, among other topics, underlining aspects of Christian living inherent to Eastern Christendom.

Highly recommended for families and individuals, ‘Teen Time’ is my new internet reference book.

V. Rev. Dr. Bratislav Bratso Krsic

Director of Christian Education Department

Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church



The Search for Truth on the Path of Reason

- Alexei Osipov, 306 pages, paper back, $18 plus shipping

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ISBN: 978-0-9842848-0-1 Sretensky Monastery, Pokrov Press

Osipov's book is a spiritual treasure, written in a clear and concise style that speaks to us today. It is a modern classic of Christian apologetics, its main theme being 'knowledge of God'.

Osipov points out that 'knowledge of God' is not an intellectual exercise but is on the contrary, a gift from God. However much we stretch our minds through scholarly study, inevitably it is God, Who opens our minds and hearts to Divine knowledge. Our knowledge of God depends on our relationship with Him, which is founded in love and humility.

The problem even with our Christian thinking is that we have been influenced by secular philosophy. We may not have read Spinoza, Kant or Hegel, but nevertheless these thinkers have affected our religious views. Osipov explains how these philosophers have turned religion into a moral belief system that has greatly influenced Christianity. He shows how religion has become an ethical philosophy –a do good religion more concerned with social justice rather than communion with God. As an antidote to moralistic religious thinking he quotes from St Isaac the Syrian: 'It is not good deeds that purify man’s heart, but rather the war with the passions and the humility that comes out of it.' And again:'The recompense is not given for labor but for humility.' Osipov also addresses the supposed conflict between science and religion. He explains the origin of pagan beliefs and how they still affect society today. He emphasizes the difference between Old Testament Religion and Judaism, which can never be compatible with true Christianity.

This spiritual classic should be in everyone's library.

A novel for young readers

When the fog came, there was no warning. Nikolai was directly over the Devils Rocks. It sprang up like a demon from a smoke stack. It was so quick and unexpected that before he knew what was happening, it had shot upwards in white, ghostly spirals, fingering the underside of the fuselage

Nikolai Rostovsky, a young Russian pilot, is sent on his first solo mission over Mount Ararat. His orders are to reconnoiter recent Turkish troop movements. But the reconnaissance becomes a series of hazardous adventures that are not only life-threatening but will change his life forever. Nikolai is forced to crash land in sub-zero temperatures, to spend the night in a strange wooden building, half buried in the ice and to confront lightning storms, avalanches and wild animals. He is hunted by an ambitious Turkish captain and stalked by an unseen humanoid creature. But it is his encounter with the silent Natasha and her mysterious grandfather that will change his understanding of himself and the events that surround him.


You did a great job! It was one of those books that I started and just kept reading until I finished it. I most certainly will add this to my list of recommended reading for teens and adults alike. I was especially pleased that this is one of those rare books that I can recommend to young men that I know they will find enjoyable and at the same time have their faith deepened.

I commend you on your excellent work.

Very Reverend Dr Joseph Purpura: Dept of Youth Ministry


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When the Romans built London, they planned to stay. This fact was evident to Anthony as he raced for his life up the Portobello Road. He would have to put on an extra spurt if he was to stay ahead of his pursuers. Already the gap was narrowing. He could hear their panting and the flap of leather soles on the hot summer nights pavement.

THE DISCOVERY of an ancient Temple of Mithras causes a great excitement among the residents of Ladbroke Square, London. At the suggestion of the curator of the British Museum, the residents decide to hold a Roman Carnival, complete with fancy dress, refreshments, tours and speeches. However, unknown to the large crowd gathered for the Carnival there are ‘Ravens’, Roman assassins from 65 AD.


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Living Theology


Russian Spirituality in the 20th Century

Imagine a situation in which there are no churches, where almost every trace of our Christian way of life has been obliterated. We often take for granted that we can go to Church, baptize our children, get married and bury our loved ones. It?s what we do. And yet there was a time, in Russia, when the unthinkable became a reality.


"Congratulations on your excellent work!" - Fr Anthony M. Coniaris, Light & Life Publishing

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LIVING THEOLOGY by Father Serafim Gascoigne, 206 pages, paperback. $15.95 (plus shipping)


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