Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Church

Portland, OR

St. George Bookstore

Saint George Bookstore

When you visit St. George don't forget to visit our remarkable bookstore. It is remarkable because, for a parish of our size, it is surprising how much is there. There are Orthodox books of every kind including Bibles, liturgical books, prayer books, children's books, and more. There are many beautiful icons, incense, and supplies. Contained in our store is everything one would need to put together a prayerful environment for their home.

Recommended Readings

Below is a top 11 reading list that will benefit members and individuals interested in becoming Orthodox.

The Orthodox Church By Kallistos Ware
The Orthodox Church; By Kallistos Ware

This revised and updated third edition of the classic introductory work on the Orthodox Church (first written 50 years ago) has become a worldwide standard in colleges and seminaries. Part One describes the history of the Orthodox Church. Part Two outlines doctrine and worship. The final chapter deals with restoring the breaches between East and West.

The Way of the Pilgrim (Anonymous)
The Way of the Pilgrim (Anonymous)

This spiritual classic is the firsthand account of a pilgrim's journey as he endeavors to live out Saint Paul’s instruction to “pray without ceasing.” An un-named nineteenth-century peasant sets out on his pilgrimage with nothing but a Bible, a prayer rope, and some dried bread, and as he walks, he recites the Jesus prayer. With this prayer constantly on his lips, he undergoes a profound spiritual education.

Father Arseny: 1893-1973
Father Arseny: 1893-1973

This narrative, compiled from accounts of Father Arseny’s spiritual children and others whom he brought to God, gives stirring glimpses of his life in the brutal Soviet prison camps and after his release. It also tells the stories of people whose lives, often during times of almost unimaginable crisis, were touched and transfigured through their connection with Father Arseny.

Beginning to Pray; By Metropolitan Anthony Bloom
Beginning to Pray; By Metropolitan Anthony Bloom

This book has established itself as a modern spiritual classic for Orthodox as well as other Christians. It is written by an Orthodox Archbishop for people who have never prayed before and has been read and loved by persons at all levels of spiritual development. 

The Mountain of Silence; By Kyriakos Markides
The Mountain of Silence; By Kyriakos Markides

An acclaimed expert in Christian mysticism travels to a monastery high in the Mountains of Cyprus and offers a fascinating look at the Greek Orthodox approach to spirituality.

In an engaging combination of dialogues, reflections, conversations, history, and travel information, the author follows Father Maximos, a Mount Athos monk, to the troubled island of Cyprus. As Father Maximos establishes churches, convents, and monasteries in this deeply divided land, Markides is awakened anew to the magnificent spirituality of the Greek Orthodox Church.

Images of the land and the people of Cyprus and details of its tragic history enrich the Mountain of Silence. Like the writings of Castaneda, the book brilliantly evokes the confluence of an inner and outer journey. The depth and richness of its spiritual message echo the thoughts and writings of Saint Francis of Assisi and other great saints of the Church as well. The result is a remarkable work–a moving, profoundly human examination of the role and the power of spirituality in a complex and confusing world.

Mere Christianity; By C.S. Lewis
Mere Christianity; By C.S. Lewis

In the classic Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis, the most important writer of the 20th century, explores the common ground upon which all of those of Christian faith stand together. Bringing together Lewis’ legendary broadcast talks during World War Two from his three previous books The Case for ChristianityChristian Behavior, and Beyond PersonalityMere Christianity provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear this powerful apologetic for the Christian faith.

The Faith; by Clark Carlton
The Faith; by Clark Carlton

The Faith is the best single-volume introduction to Orthodoxy in the English language. The Faith is a beautifully written book that truly answers the question, "What is it that you Orthodox believe?" Perfect for inquires and study groups, high school age and up.

Becoming Orthodox; by Fr. Peter Gillquist
Becoming Orthodox; by Fr. Peter Gillquist

After a long and difficult journey, 2000 weary evangelical Protestants finally found their way home. This is the story of a handful of courageous men and their congregations who risked stable occupations, security, and the approval of lifelong friends to be obedient to God’s call.

It is also the story of every believer who is searching for the Church. Where Christ is Lord. Where holiness, human responsibility, and the Sovereignty of God are preached. Where fellowship is more than a covered-dish supper in the church basement. And where fads and fashion take a back seat to apostolic worship and doctrine.

In addition, this revised edition includes a new epilogue, “Coming up on Twenty-Five Years” since the entry of the Evangelical Orthodox into the Holy Orthodox Church.

The Orthodox Way; by Kallistos Ware
The Orthodox Way; by Kallistos Ware

An excellent companion to Bishop Kallistos's book The Orthodox Church, this book discusses the spiritual life of the Christian and sets forth basic issues of theology as a way of life for the follower of Christ. This new edition, released in 2019, features a new cover and a Foreword by Fr John Behr.

The most ancient name for Christianity, Metropolitan Kallistos reminds us, is 'the Way' (cf. Acts 19.23;24.22), and it is precisely as the journey that this word implies that he presents the tradition of Orthodox Christianity, its teachings and its practices. The result is not an abstract presentation of 'Orthodoxy,' an outside look at, or description of, its dogmatics, rituals, and ascetic disciplines, compared to and contrasted with others, but an invitation to enter into the way, to begin the journey—and to do so always, into eternity—into the mystery of God through the living experience of the Orthodox Church.

As Metropolitan Kallistos often points out, just as undertaking a journey into an unfamiliar land or climbing a mountain requires an experienced and knowledgeable guide, so also an experienced and trusted spiritual guide, a mystagogue, is needed for the spiritual journey, to ascend Mount Sinai and encounter the mysterious God in its darkness, and to climb Mount Tabor and behold the mystery of the transfigured Lord, and to be initiated into the mysteries of the Jerusalem above, our Mother, the Church. The Orthodox Way is such a guide, a book that takes the reader into the very mystery of God, and now speaks to us, in a new century and a new edition.

Let us Attend: A Journey Through the Orthodox Divine Liturgy; by Lawrence R. Farley
Let us Attend: A Journey Through the Orthodox Divine Liturgy; by Lawrence R. Farley

A guide to understanding the Divine Liturgy, and a vibrant reminder of the centrality of the Eucharist in living the Christian life. Every Sunday morning we are literally taken on a journey into the Kingdom of God. Fr. Lawrence guides everyday believers in a devotional and historical walk through the Orthodox liturgy. Examining the Liturgy section by section, he provides both historical explanations of how the liturgy evolved, and devotional insights aimed at helping us pray the liturgy in the way the Fathers intended. In better understanding the depth of the Liturgy's meaning and purpose, we can pray it properly. If you would like a deeper understanding of your Sunday morning experience so that you can draw closer to God, this book is for you.

The Orthodox Faith By Fr. Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus of St. Vladimir’s Seminary, Crestwood, New York
The Orthodox Faith; By Fr. Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus of St. Vladimir’s Seminary

The series (click on link for overview) The Orthodox Faith is intended to provide basic, comprehensive information on the faith and the life of the Orthodox Church for the average reader.

Recommend Icons

Below are six Icons an Orthodox home at the minimal should have, plus a few more:

Icon of the Resurrection
Icon of the Resurrection
 
Icon of the Last Supper
 
Icon of the Last Supper(some put this in their meal area and there are a variety of drawings)
Icon of the Theotokos
Icon of the Theotokos
 
Icon of a Guardian Angel for a girl. 
 
Icon of the Guardian Angle for a girl (normally placed in your child's bedroom) 
Icon of St. Joachim and Anna
Icon of St. Joachim and Anna (for a married household)
 
Icon of a Guardian Angel for a boy.

Icon of the Guardian Angle for a boy (normally placed in your child's bedroom)

Additional Resources

Ancient Faith Store

St. Vladimir Seminary Press

The Orthodox Marketplace


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