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Bright Faith: Father Artemy Vladimirov Talks with Western Orthodox Christians

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    Fr. Artemy Vladimirov(Author),Mother Nectaria McLees(Editor)

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Warmly engaging pastoral talks. Fr. Artemy shares a wealth of Orthodox Christian spirituality and common sense in a decade of interviews and articles from Road to Emmaus Journal. Subjects range from practical guidance for new converts to a dialogue on the spirituality of teenagers, and much more.

Fr. Artemy Vladimirov is one of Russia's most beloved contemporary priests. He is protopriest of All Saint's Church in Moscow.

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  • By Maria on November 27, 2014

    Thank you

  • By J. I. Crabtree on June 2, 2015

    I picked this book up a few years ago from a monastery bookstore, and have rarely since put it down. For me, Fr. Artemy is a confirmation of the true and living faith of the Orthodox Church of Russia. The advice is invaluable for spiritually navigating ones way to salvation in the modern age. We learn from him that our struggles as Orthodox in America are common elsewhere-- dealing with a broader society that may not understand ones spiritual commitment or even denigrate it, the difficulty of finding genuine spiritual guides who are not simply "all talk" or who do not simply "play elder" but who are in fact beacons of a living, praying, worshiping faith. He mentions the great spiritual connection that the Russian Church had with the ROCOR, in spite of a canonical rift in their communion, even going so far as to say that the guides we Americans ought to study are none other than St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco and Fr. Seraphim Rose!Each interview is upon a different theme or aspect of Fr. Artemy's life, a theological or a pastoral subject. His own conversion story is quite moving, and is encountered near the beginning of the book. The book gives one the feeling as though Fr. Artemy has come to your house for tea, and is in a conversation with you about all the things you've always wanted to know about really living the Orthodox life.Most importantly, he himself is a living example of the "savor" of Orthodoxy. He perhaps says it best in his humility when he says that of all the Church options available in Moscow, he hoped his parish attracted "those who like to pray." That is, no doubt, because he keeps the full cycle of services. And because of this, his parish is not simply filled with grandmothers, but young people; and not simply native Russians, but converts from all over the world who find Fr. Artemy and come to him to hear the words of eternal life.This man knows the holy fathers and the Divine Scriptures, and quotes them freely throughout. He has amazing insights on Heaven and Hell, what ones spiritual disposition must be, and even how to really reach out and influence children for good. He is brilliant in a human sense, this is indisputable. He is a philologist and knows several different languages, including English. But this is no dry academic. This is a Christian in the truest sense of a man who has committed his whole life unto Christ our God.I have loaned the book to various friends over the years, but each time I am eager to get it back, because for me it represents a profound testimony to the reality of our Orthodox faith and life. Here is a man who lives the Faith and in whom it lives. I wish Fr. Artemy would come and visit the English-speaking flock of the Russian Church more often, and that more of this spiritual man's writings would be made available in English.

  • By D. Kovacs on January 27, 2013

    This is not the book to pick up when you are first finding out aboutHoly Orthodoxy -- but if you are a catechumen or have been practicingfor a while (even a lifetime) -- I can think of few books which couldbe more worthwhile.The love of Christ and the "fragrance of Orthodoxy" fairly wafts offthe pages, including the beautifully tender black and white photographs.Father Artemy is a very traditional Russian Orthodox priest, and his storieswill have you rethinking your prayer practice and going to your parish priestto ask questions to clarify and deepen your understanding of the Orthodox faith.As the partner of a dearly loved spouse who is not a practicing Orthodox and asthe parent of teenagers, this book also spoke to me. When you read this book,Father Artemy becomes another spiritual father for you, directing you to furtherreading and prayer and the lives of the dear saints. Don't miss it.

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