With the effacing simplicity and clear expression characteristic of the saints, St. Tikhon of Zadonsk directs us in the practicalities and duties of the Christian life. Consisting of nearly one hundred short essays of two to three pages each, this volume addresses everything from the sacraments and our need for repentance to the duties of spouses and children, the rich and the poor, lenders, borrowers, sellers, buyers, masters and servants. There's a straightforward, unfinished edge to these words, and much like the voice of the desert fathers we can glimpse traces of the Russian culture and personality so intrinsic to our understanding of the Orthodox faith as a whole. Included are helpful topical and scriptural indexes, two short biographies of the saint and a glossary identifying unfamiliar words pertaining to the Orthodox Church and Russian life.
An Eighth Day View:
This book was published in some forty-nine editions prior to the Russian revolution. It is now in its third printing in English. In it, St. Tikhon, who lived from 1724 to 1783, gives his counsel on living the Christian life. It touches many areas including "Love of God," "The Way of Duty" and "Towards Eternity."The work is further enhanced by two lives of the Saint, a glossary of terms, a bibliography and a Scriptural and a Subject index.