2022: A Year in Books

Top choice of 2022: “On Social Justice” by St Basil the Great
The best side by side reading: “The Prayer of a Broken Heart” by Fr Paul Abernathy, “Become All Flame: Lent with African Saints” by Fr Deacon John, and “Race, Identity, and Reconciliation” by Nun Katherine Weston
Most Helpful as a Church School Director and Parishioner: “Of Such is the Kingdom: A Practical Theology of Disability” by Summer Kinard
Most Nourishing: “Hospitality for Healing” by Melissa Naasko
Favorite Orthodox Fiction: “The Lightkeeper” by Sherry Shenoda
Most informative: “The Civilizations of Africa: A History to 1800” by Dr Christopher Ehret
Parish Council Book club choice: “Reclaiming the Great Commission: A Roadmap to Parish Health” by Fr Evan Armatas
Surprise Favorite YA Fiction: “Feast of the Sisters” by Alex Scott
Favorite About the Theotokos: “A Long Walk With Mary: A Personal Search for the Mother of God” by Brandi Willis Schreiber

Full List:

“Living in Christ” by Mother Raphaela (SVS)

“Toolkit for Spiritual Growth: A Practical Guide to Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving” by Fr Evan Armatas (Ancient Faith)

“Putting Joy Into Practice: 7 Ways to Lift Your Spirit from the Early Church” by Phoebe Farag Mikhail (Paraclete Press)

“Tending the Garden of our Hearts” by Elissa Bjeletich Davis and Kristina Wenger (Ancient Faith)

“The Grace of Being There: Single Mother Saints in our Lives” (Park End Books)

“The Beginnings of a Life of Prayer” by Archimadrite Irenei
(St Herman Press)

“The Sayings of the Desert Fathers” by Benedicta Ward (Cistercian Press)

“St Basil the Great: On Social Justice”

“A Long Walk With Mary” by Brandi Willis Schreiber (Ancient Faith)

“The Way of the Ascetics” by Tito Colliander (SVS Press)

“Of Such is the Kingdom: A Practical Theology of Disability” by Summer Kinard (Ancient Faith)

“The Way of a Pilgrim” (translated by Helen Bacovcin)

“The Prayer of a Broken Heart” by Fr Paul Abernathy (AF)

“Become All Flame: Lent with African Saints” Fr Deacon John Gresham (Park End Books)

“Race, Identity, and Reconciliation” by Mother Katherine Weston

“Reclaiming the Great Commission” by Fr Evan Armatas (AF)

“The Reckless Way of Love” by Dorothy Day

“Mama, I See You” by Mirette Abraham

“Letters for Pilgrimage” by Sarah Gingrich and AN Talent (Park End Books)

“Byzantine Theology” by John Meyendorff (Fordham University Press)

“Dorotheos of Gaza: Discourses and Sayings” (Cistercian Press)

“Hospitality for Healing” by Melissa Naasko (PEB)

“Balance of the Heart: Desert Spirituality for 21st Century Christians” by Mother Lois Farag

“Celebrities for Jesus: How Personas, Platforms, and Profits are Hurting the Church” by Katelyn Beaty

“On the Apostolic Preaching” by St Irenaeus (SVS)

“On the Human Condition (excerpts) by St Basil

“Stone and Dung, Oil and Spit: Jewish Daily Life in the Time of Jesus” by Jodi Magness

“Daily Life in Biblical Times” by Oded Borowski

“The Jesse Tree Nativity Curriculum” by Lynne Wardach


“Stealing Freedom” by Sylvia Leontaritis

“The Lightkeeper” by Sherry Shenoda (AF)

YA Fiction:
“In a Dry Land” by Sophia and Sonia Samantaroy

“Feast of the Sisters” by Alex Scott

Kid/Toddler books (this list is only new ones I reviewed because I can’t count or name all the books the kids and I have read 😂):

“Saint Anthony and the Humble Leaflet” by Michael Elgamal

“Saint Eleazar Fills His Cups” by Melinda Johnson and Kristi Tartara (SVS Press)

“Psalm 23” by Danielle Hitchen, illustrated by Jessica Blanchard

I also reread parts of:
“Becoming a Healing Presence” by Albert Rossi

“The Ascetic Life of Mothers” by Annalisa Boyd

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