In June 2006, a sub-committee was formed to establish a bookstore at the Church of Evangelismos. It took six months to source suppliers, purchase, price and catalogue the initial 200 or so items. Many donations were received for purchases.
The opening of the bookstore became a reality in December 2006 with Father Emmanuel Stamatiou conducting an Agiasmo Service. It has continued to grow and continues to grow considerably ever since.
Continuing to expand and grow, in 2017 the bookstore was moved to a larger and more permanent location in the house opposite the Church. With the increased number of books and sales being made, it was decided to further expand it into a second room in August of 2018.
The bookstore was established for the purpose of being a resource for Orthodox Christianity and for anyone seeking information and truth about the true and original Christian Church in all of her richness.
There are a large variety of books and other resources suitable for all ages covering all aspects of spiritual life and life amongst the Church. These categories include, spiritual, wellness, theology, sacraments, liturgical, children's books, cookbooks, inspirational novels, lives of saints, icons, CD's and many religious items such as, hand censors, oil lamps, prayer ropes, greeting cards, bookmarks, and anditheron bags. If you find there is a book that is not stocked that you are interested in, it can be ordered in for you. Orders made through the book store will cost you less than single purchases you make directly via the Internet, as the bookstore attracts significant discounts for bulk purchases.
To view our catalog, please navigate here.
If you have any book requests or other queries please contact us using the contact details below.
All are welcome to come and browse the bookstore each Sunday after the Liturgy or on select days during the week (opening hours listed below), or by contacting Fr Emmanuel for other times.
To the best of the abilities of those serving on staff, the bookstore is here to educate, serve and augment the Orthodox Christian faith.
Our aim is to continue to grow and supply a wide range of Orthodox Christian books and gifts. Donations are welcome as they assist us in expanding the variety and number of books available.
- Sundays: 11:00am - 11:45am
- Tuesdays: 10:00am - 12:00pm
- Thursdays: 10:00am - 12:00pm
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The Spiritual Life and How To Be Attuned To It, St. Theophan the Recluse (1815-1894), possessing a rare degree of patristic scholarship combined with a deep understanding of the soul of contemporary people, was able to elucidate a genuine understanding of spirituality for modern man. He made this understanding accessible to the average person, for he knew that each "average person" is the possessor of an immortal soul, and that each soul is to be attuned here upon earth to live eternally with God in heaven.
The Spiritual Life and How To Be Attuned To It was the result of a correspondence between a young lady of the upper middle class and St. Theophan the Recluse. In this compilation of his letters of spiritual direction to her, St. Theophan strives to make sure that this young soul would be able to keenly hear the right "tone" of spiritual life. This tuning of the soul is necessary for the soul to be in harmony with the voice of God's Providence, which echoes in the instrument of the heart.
"Our inner lives never get put into the proper order all of a sudden. What is always required and what lies ahead is intensified labour over oneself, over one's inner self, by the assimilation of good intention and the enabling of grace through the Mysteries. This labour is directed toward destroying the disorder that reigns inside; in its place it establishes order and harmony, after which follows inner peace and a continual joyful mood of the heart."
--St. Theophan the Recluse
The Royal Monastic, The life of a princess is not all glamour, handsome princes, and beautiful clothes. It is also devotion to duty, sacrifice for your people, and a lot of just plain hard work. And if your country happens to suffer two world wars and a communist takeover in your lifetime, it means danger and suffering, exile and heartache as well. Princess Ileana of Romania endured all this and more. But her deeply rooted Orthodox faith saw her through it all, and eventually led her in her later years to the peaceful repose of monasticism. But that life included sacrifice and hard work as well, because as Mother Alexandra she was called to build the first English-language Orthodox women’s monastery in the United States: the Monastery of the Transfiguration in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. Princess Ileana’s story is a thrilling tale of love and loss, danger and rescue, sacrifice and reward. Her inspiring life stands as a beacon of faith and holiness for young women of all times and nations to follow.
"We are deeply grateful to Bev. Cooke for her extensive research coupled with her storytelling ability that makes the life of Mother Alexandra--Royal Monastic--a comprehensive and enjoyable read for any age. We are sure that readers will learn to appreciate the woman who lived on three continents during the most troubled time in modern history--a woman who in some ways could identify with everyone she met, yet in other ways with no one on earth." -- Mother Christophora, Abbess, Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration
"Royal Monastic is an excellent and engaging historical biography of a truly remarkable princess turned monastic. As the founder of Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Elwood City, Pennsylvania, Mother Alexandra, Princess Ileana of Romania, is an example of Orthodox Christian virtues of love, suffering and self-sacrifice." -- Chrissi Hart, author of Under the Grapevine: A Miracle by Saint Kendeas and The Hermit, The Icon and The Emperor: The Holy Virgin Comes to Cyprus
From I-ville to You-ville, the well-known, best selling Orthodox Christian children’s book of Greece, presently in its eighth printing, is now available in English. This is Christian allegory reminiscent of Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. The unique and wise counsel of Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain is presented in a way that is perfect for children and adults alike. In every turn and twist of this adventure of a young man making his way from his home of I-ville to the unknown, but longed-for, kingdom of You-ville the author masterfully weaves the wisdom of the elder into the fabric of the story, constructing a seamless garment of beauty, charm and enlightenment.
I-ville - a Kingdom where pride and selfishness dwell, and where people live by the motto Me first! You-ville - a Kingdom where humility and kindness have their home, and where people put the good of others before their own.
This is the story of a young boy named Stubborn, as he strives to become the first person of I-ville to make the difficult journey to the beautiful, joy-filled Kingdom of You-ville, and to become a citizen there.
As we join Stubborn in his adventures, we learn, along with him, profound lessons in how to struggle against bad thoughts and feelings. The journey of young Stubborn is one that all of us - old and young - must take, and which all of us can accomplish - if only we shrink our I and put You first!
The author, Mersine Vigopoulou resides in Souroti (Thessaloniki, Greece). She is also the author of several of other acclaimed childrens books, including the forthcoming Lady Tradition and Orthodoxy. The English edition has all-new full-color illustrations by Emani Heers.
Snuggles: The bubby who helped me find God, Snuggles is the story of a real bunny who shared the author's home and heart for many years. Snuggles is an adopted bunny whose human "mommy" is searching for God in all sorts of different places. When Snuggles becomes seriously ill, his distraught mommy reaches out to God in prayer. The story of how God answers this prayer will touch the hearts of young and old alike. Picture book, for preschool and up.
About the Author
Myra T. Johnson is a social worker with over 30 years experience. She earned her B.A. from Edinboro State College in PA, holds a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee, and did post-graduate work at Brandeis University in MA. Myra is employed as a social worker for the County of Santa Clara Health and Hospital Systems in San Jose, CA. As a child, her favourite activities were writing and drawing. She won a writing award in junior high school. As the prize, her teacher gave her a little book called Someday You'll Write