St. John (1829-1908) was one of the great lights of the immediate pre-Revolutionary period in Russia. Born into poverty, he nevertheless acquired a good education, married, and became a priest in the naval base of Kronstadt, near St. Petersburg. He has earned a hearing from all succeeding generations because of the extraordinary pastorate he exercised in Kronstadt. He was exemplary in caring for the poor, in his tireless comfort of the sick and dejected. He emphasized frequent confession and communion, and was so sought after as a confessor that he conducted mass confessions, during which penitents would speak their sins en masse before receiving absolution en masse. During the course of his ministry, he gained a wide reputation as one whose prayers acquired healing, both spiritual and physical. His spirituality was thoroughly biblical and ascetic, bearing an immediacy that he attributed to direct enlightenment during prayer. It is wisdom thus gained to which we have privileged access in My Life in Christ
, which consists of page-long meditations, sometimes rigorous, sometimes rapturous, always challenging, that can be read in daily-devotional fashion. Unabridged Edition, 558 pp.
An Eighth Day View:
Now in its fourth hard cover printing, this is one of the most beloved modern works of Orthodox Christian spirituality. It is a reflection of the profound spiritual experience and elevated theological reflection of its author, St. John of Kronstadt. Appropriate both for beginners in the spiritual life and for those more experienced, no one can come away from reading this work without profit. This is the kind of book you will return to time and time again. Appropriate, relevant, and edifying reading for all Christians.