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Staff Picks: Fr. Thomas Hopko's "The Winter Pascha"

It's that time again! This week's staff pick comes from Nick, a fourth-year seminarian here at Holy Cross. Nick helps cover the desk for us here at the bookstore. Chances are, if you give us a call around lunchtime, you'll hear Nick's friendly voice on the line.
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Staff Picks: Fr. Eugen Pentiuc's "The Old Testament in Eastern Orthodox Tradition"

Hooray for Staff Picks! This week's Staff Pick, Fr. Eugen Pentiuc's The Old Testament in Eastern Orthodox Tradition, comes to you from Bryce, who runs the receiving end of things here at the bookstore. Bryce is a second-year student in Holy Cross's MDiv program who studied ethics and philosophy before coming to seminary. 

How did you first hear about this book? 
This book was authored by the Old Testament professor here at HCHC and was published during Christmas break my first year.
Why does this book matter to you?
Besides being authored by a beloved professor, this book is a fascinating, informative, and extremely well-researched investigation of the role of the Old Testament in our tradition.
What about this book did you find surprising?
Fr. Eugen is brilliant and can easily go soaring off above our heads if he wants to, but this book is pleasantly down-to-earth without being patronizing.
Who should read this book?
Anyone interested in the Old Testament, and especially the historical continuity of the Eastern Orthodox tradition with all of scripture.

Thanks, Bryce! You can find The Old Testament in Eastern Orthodox Tradition and so much more right here at Holy Cross Bookstore.
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Staff Picks: Dorotheos of Gaza's "Discourses and Sayings"

It's time for our first Staff Pick of the Week! This week's pick, Discourses and Sayings by Dorotheos of Gaza, comes to you from Ephraim. Ephraim graduated from the Holy Cross MTS program in 2013 and is our buyer--meaning he's the one who decides what we carry in our store. (Yes, he is an unlimited fount of knowledge. Stop by sometime and see for yourself!) 

How did you first hear about this book?
This book was recommended to me by my parish priest. He said it contains the ABC's of the spiritual life. 
Why does this book matter to you?
Everything in the book has to do with love for God and love for our neighbor. He explains how we should deal with seemingly difficult or irritating people, how to stop judging others, and how we can accept the will of God in our lives.
What about this book did you find surprising?
The book is easy to read and humorous. On a first reading I thought everything the saint wrote about was obvious and that I should read something more difficult. On a second reading I realized I've barely been able to practice any of Dorotheos' counsels and that the work contained a depth that I had completely missed when reading it too quickly.
Who should read this book?
This book will help anyone striving to follow the commandments of Christ. 
Any favorite quotes?
"Do not ask for love from your neighbor, for if you ask and he does not respond you will be troubled. Instead, show your love for your neighbor and you will be at rest, and so you will bring your neighbor to love"
"He who hates irritating people, hates gentleness. He who runs away from distressing people, runs away to rest in Christ."

Thanks, Ephraim! You can check out Discourses and Sayings and many other titles right here at Holy Cross Bookstore
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