Looking for a Christmas gift for a loved one or friend?
The Best of Jonathan's Corner offers over 500 pages of hand-picked favorites from this website (out of a total of 4000 pages' worth of publications available from this site). The Best of Jonathan's Corner is the perfect gift for a bookworm, whether you read a little of it, or a lot. The works are independent, touching on art and worship (Lesser Icons), spiritual life (God the Spiritual Father), economic hardship (Money and The Best Things in Life Are Free), religion and science ("Religion and Science" Is Not Just Intelligent Design vs. Evolution), and other works. It's the perfect selection for a book lover or someone who wants to know more about Orthodoxy—or to buy for yourself!
This free online library collection includes several Orthodox books (Kindle). The heart of the collection is its works of prayerful, practical, Orthodox, Christian, mystical theology.
Who among us did not grow up to the beat of drums sounded by Narnia?
A Pilgrimage from Narnia
This site is a showcase of creative works and writing by Christos Jonathan Seth Hayward that have been collected for a couple of decades. The sections of the site About (includes What's New?), Et Cetera, and an online library featuring Orthodox Books and More.
Orthodox Books and More: This collection includes Eastern Orthodox Christian theology, and literature. It is by far the largest section of this website, and possibly the most interesting.
The collection includes smaller sections of Orthodox theology, articles, assorted creations, journals, miscellaneous nonfiction, novels, Orthodox humor, satire, short stories, Socratic dialogue, and technology. If you're looking for a place to explore, why not begin with one of these links?
As over a decade has gone by, Orthodox Books and More has grown to be much more than one section of the website among others. It has several sections of its own, and it has become the crowning jewel of the site, with a great many of its author's favorite works.
This life is an apprenticeship. You do not understand its purpose until you understand that we are created to be apprentice gods.
It is said, a man knows the meaning of life when he plants a tree knowing he will never live to sit in its shade. Truer is to say that a man knows the meaning of life when he plants a tree not seeing how he will ever this side of Heaven sit in its shade.
You do not understand life in the womb until you understand what is after the womb. For some actions in the womb bear fruit in the womb, but suckling and kicking are made to strengthen muscles for nursing and walking, and nursing a preparation for the solid food of men.
You shall surely die: such Adam and Eve were warned, such Adam and Eve were cursed, and such the saints are blessed. For death itself is made an entryway for life. But we can only repent in this life: after this life our eternal choice of Life or Death is sealed.
Do not despise moral, that is to say eternal, victories. Have you labored to do something great, only to find it all undone? Take courage. God is working with you to wreak triumph. From his eternal providence he is working, if you will be his co-worker, in synergy, to make with you something greater than you could possibly imagine, a treasure in Heaven which you never could imagine to be able to covet.
Read more of Apprentice gods, posted Sunday 3 October, 2013, the Feast of St. Hilarion the Great, and St. Hilarion, Bishop of Miglena.