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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.
This book was authored by the Old Testament professor here at HCHC and was published during Christmas break my first year.
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.
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.
Anyone interested in the Old Testament, and especially the historical continuity of the Eastern Orthodox tradition with all of scripture.
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!)
This book was recommended to me by my parish priest. He said it contains the ABC's of the spiritual life.
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.
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.
This book will help anyone striving to follow the commandments of Christ.