A list of books that I am reading. 
* denotes that I finished the book 



Letters to His Family by Archimandrite Sophrony
At Play in the Lions Den by Jim Forest (this book is about a Catholic written by an Orthodox author)
Treasure in Earthen Vessels: Prayer & the Embodied Life by Fr Dcn. Stephen Muse
The Love of God. The Life and Teachings of St. Gabriel of the Seven Lakes Monastery. By Archimandrite Symeon Kholmogorov.


Three by Tey by Josephine Tey


One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
*The 24 Days Before Christmas: An Austin Family Story by Madeleine L’Engle
Pilgrim in the Ruins: A Life of Walker Percy by Jay Tolson
The Book of Buechner: A Journey Through His Writings by Dale Brown


Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing by Anya von Bremzen



*Letters to His Family by Archimandrite Sophrony
Striving for Knowledge of God: Correspondence with David Balfour by Elder Sophrony
Father Seraphim Rose: His Life and Works by Hieromonk Damascene


*The Rosemary Tree by Elizabeth Goudge



The Brothers Karamazov




The Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer that Tunes the Heart to God
Short Trip to the Edge (revised ed)*
A Journey Through Great Lent*
Ascetic Homilies of St. Issac the Syrian
Crazy John*
An Inner Step Towards God by Fr. Alexander Men
Journey to the Kingdom: An Insider’s Look at the Liturgy and Beliefs of the Eastern Orthodox Church *
Letters to His Family ~ Archimandrite Sophrony *
Nearly Orthodox: On Being a Modern Woman in an Ancient Tradition  ~ Angela Doll Carlson 


Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer (the book)*


At Home in Mitford*
A Light in the Window*

A New Song*
A Common Life*
Dragons in the Water by Madeleine L'Engle*
The Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L'Engle
Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle **
A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L' Engle *


Island Magic by Elizabeth Goudge*
The Valley of Song by Elizabeth Goudge
Autobiography by GK Chesterton*
The Dean's Watch by Elizabeth Goudge
The Scent of Water by Elizabeth Goudge 
CS Lewis In A Time of War*
Beyond the Snow: The Life and Faith of Elizabeth Goudge
Together They Stand: Letters of CS Lewis to Arthur Greeves


The Alexiad byAnna Komnene


Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child
Great breakfasts and brunches for starting the day right 



Saint Arsenios: The Cappadocian by Saint Elder Paisios* 
Elder Hadji-Georgis: The Athonite by Saint Elder Paisios* 
Conversations with Children: Communicating our Faith* by Sister Magdalen*
The Acquisition of the Holy Spirit in Ancient Russia
I know a Man in Christ:Elder Sophrony the Hesychast and Theologian


A Tree Grew in Brooklyn  by Betty Smith*
A Severed Wasp by Madeleine L' Engle*
Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler*
Lament for a Son by Nicholas Wolterstorff
A Grace Disquised by Jerry L. Sittser
The Grief Club: The Secret to Getting Through All Kinds of Change by Melody Beattie
Song of the Lark by Willa Cather*
The Little House on the Prairie*


The Bird in the Tree by Elizabeth Goudge*
Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro*

Cooking and Cooking Memoirs: 

A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table

Children and YA:

Knitting, Quilting, Crafting:



The Art of Prayer: An Orthodox Anthology arranged, edited by Igumen Chariton of Valamo*

Courage to Pray by Metropolitan Anthony Bloom
The Sayings of the Desert Fathers: The Alphabetical Collection translated by Benedicta Ward
The Scent of Holiness: Lessons from a Women's Monastery by Mat. Constantina R. Palmer*
Elder Porphyrios Testimonies and Experiences*
With Elder Porphyrios: A spiritual child remembers*
The Bible and Holy Fathers for Orthodox
The Orthodox Study Bible
Wounded by Love by Elder Porphyrios
Saint Silouan, the Athonite by Archimandrite Sophrony
Conversations with Children: Communicating our Faith by Sister Magdalen
Aidan's Song: A Year in the Life of a Parish Priest by Father Aidan Wilcoxson*


The Habit of Being - Letters of Flannery O'Connor - by Flannery O'Connor

The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy and "Women's Work" (Madeleva Lecture in Spirituality) by Kathleen Norris *
Looking for the King: An Inklings Novel by David C Downing*
The Duel: The Eighty-Day Struggle Between Churchill and Hitler*
My Antonia by Willa Cather*
Death Comes to an Archbishop by Willa Cather*


Letters to an American Lady by C.S. Lewis
The Autobiography of GK Chesterton by GK Chesterton


Children and YA


A Continual Feast: A Cookbook to Celebrate the Joys of Family and Faith Throughout the Christian Year
Gluten-Free Baking Classics by Annalise G. Roberts
BabyCakes: Vegan, (Mostly) Gluten-Free, and (Mostly) Sugar-Free Recipes from New York's Most Talked-About Bakery.
BabyCakes Covers the Classics
Gluten-Free Baking: More Than 125 Recipes for Delectable Sweet and Savory Baked Goods, Including Cakes, Pies, Quick Breads, Muffins, Cookies, and Other Delights



The Blessed Surgeon: The Life of Saint Luke, archbishop of Simferopol by Archdeacon Vasiliy Marushchak *

May God Give You Wisdom - The Letters of Fr. John Krestiankin ~ Excerpts here
Everyday Saints by Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov) ~ Excerpts here *
Christ is in our Midst - Letters from a Russian A Monk by Fr. John 
Abbess Thaisia of Leushino
An Autobiography of a Spiritual Daughter of St. John of Kronstadt
Elder Cleopa of Sihastria by Ioanichie Balan
Courage to Pray by Metropolitan Anthony Bloom
With Pain and Love for Contemporary Man by Elder Paisios of Mt. Athos 

The Habit of Being - Letters of Flannery O'Connor - by Flannery O'Connor 
The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris *
What is a Family? by Edith Schaffer 
Relationships: A Mess Worth Having by Timothy Lane and Paul D Tripp 
The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaffer
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey*

The Shape of the Year by Jean Hersey
A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812
The Help by Kathryn Stockett *
The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy and "Women's Work" (Madeleva Lecture in Spirituality) by Kathleen Norris *
A Window over the Sink: a memoir by Peg Bracken
Christmas Spirit by George Grant


Ballad of the White Horse  by GK Chesterton *

E-version here. Book available here.
Orthodoxy by GK Chesterton (E-copy here)
Lukacs' 5 Days in London *


The Knitters Year: 52 Make-in-a-Week Projects-Quick Gifts and Seasonal Knits by Debbie Bliss

Teach Yourself Visually: Knitting by Sharon Turner 
Vintage Baby Knits: More Than 40 Heirloom Patterns from the 1920s to the 1950s by Kristen Rengren 

Children and Young Adult:

Cricket in Times Square by George Selden  *

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Clearly 


Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
Joy of Cooking (1953, 1962, 1964, 1997, 2006 editons)
Boston Cooking-School Cook Book (1945)
Gluten-Free Baking Classics by Annalise G. Roberts
Williams-Sonoma: Thanksgiving


Christie said...

Tell me how you like The Ballad of the White Horse and The Habit of Being. The Cloister Walk is one I'd love to read but haven't yet!

elizabeth said...

Hi Christie,

I am LOVING Chesterton! Wrote just a little here ( but can tell that I should write about him more!

The Habit of Being is wonderful; I am reading it slowly; F. O'Connor's wit, friendship with many, her commitment to Christ and the Catholic sacraments is very admirable.

Will write more via email :)