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A MESSAGE FROM ABBESS MELANIA (November 26, 2020)
As we celebrate Thanksgiving this year, we are reminded that, even in difficult times, there are endless reasons to thank God.  Personally, we are very aware of the blessing of still having a monastery after the recent fires and of staying healthy in these times of COVID.  Even more so, we are grateful to God for you our friends, who are always there for us, even in these tough times.  And yes, these are tough times, but Christ’s light shines brighter in darkness.  As we journey towards the Nativity, may we all let His light confront and banish the darkness in our own souls so that we, along with the Christmas star, may be lights leading others to our Incarnate God!
Children's Books by Other Authors
A Child's Guide to Confession
Ancient Faith Publishing
ISBN 978-1-944967-45-1
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An engaging, illustrated guide to confession for children. This 100-page, easy-to-use aid will help a child understand and prepare for confession. Designed for both younger and older children, this book assists the child with brief, inspirational thoughts followed by prayers and an age-appropriate self-examination based on 1 Corinthians 13 (the "love chapter"). A Child's Guide to Confession also includes a glossary of basic vocabulary that children typically encounter when learning about or going to confession. Fully illustrated in a simple, colorful, yet reverent style.

Download complimentary coloring pages!

Ages 5-12 years



A Child's Guide to Prayer
Ancient Faith Publishing
ISBN 978-1-944967-74-1
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A Child's Guide to Prayer is a beautifully illustrated prayer book for Orthodox Christian children who are just developing a habit of prayer. The selection includes morning and evening prayers, prayers during the day, at mealtimes, for family and friends, and prayers of and to the saints--along with psalms to pray and prayers that have to do with communion and confession. All the prayers were carefully selected by priests and youth workers to ensure their age-appropriateness. The 120-page guide also includes brief instructions on how to pray, why we pray, and a list of different ways to pray. The book concludes with several blank pages for personal prayer requests.

Download a complimentary coloring page!

Ages 5-10 years



A Child's Guide to the Divine Liturgy
Ancient Faith Publishing
ISBN 978-1-936270-17-0
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A wonderful new tool for Orthodox children! A Child's Guide to the Divine Liturgy is designed as an aid to help children negotiate their way through the Divine Liturgy and learn more about the Church and our faith. Small and easy to hold, with engaging illustrations, the guide is divided into six color-coded sections: Preparing for the Divine Liturgy, The Divine Liturgy, Salt and Light, The 12 Feasts, Words to Know, Glossary.

The very young child will learn basic vocabulary and come to recognize the various milestones in the Divine Liturgy. For the older child, the guide includes several longer psalms, quotes, and prayers; the 12 feast icons and kontakia; plus an extensive glossary filled with terms and vocabulary often heard throughout the liturgical year. We wish you, and all the children of the Orthodox faith, continual growth toward Christ as we all seek to be lights to the world, and as we help each other toward the Kingdom of Heaven!

Ages 2-10 years



From God to You: The Icon's Journey to Your Heart
John Kosmas Skinas
ISBN 978-1-936270-76-7
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In this follow-up to the popular Pictures of God, John Skinas introduces children to some of the ancient icon archetypes most treasured by Orthodox Christians from the Icon Not Made by Hands to the Pantocrator of Sinai. From God to You follows the path of the icon through history and encourages children to mindfully consider icons and their stories as windows of inspiration and doorways to prayer.

Preschool and up



Josiah and Julia Go To Church
Kelly Ramke Lardin
ISBN 978-1-936270-37-8
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Josiah and Julia love to go to church. They love to venerate the icons, light candles, and eat the blessed bread. Sometimes they behave very well--but sometimes they make mistakes.

Little ones can follow Josiah and Julia through the Liturgy and learn how even the youngest child can honor God by behaving properly in church.

Prechool and up



Pictures of God: A Child's Guide to Understanding Icons
John Kosmas Skinas
ISBN 978-1-888212-58-7
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When the Son of God came down from heaven to become a man like us, He made it possible for us to see Him, touch Him, and make pictures of Him--pictures which we call icons. This little book brings God and His saints vividly into children's lives through icons, explaining in the simplest terms what each icon means and what the role of these holy pictures--and the holy stories and people they depict--can be in our lives. The colorful pages of Pictures of God are perfect for occupying little hands in church, for explaining the world of icons in the first years of Sunday school, and for read-aloud time with little ones at home.

Preschool and up



Prince Martin and the Cave Bear
Brandon Hale
ISBN 978-1-7321278-7-6
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Book 4 of The Prince Martin Epic Series

This story is about two kids, colossal courage, and a classic quest.

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Ages 8-10 years

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Prince Martin and the Dragons
Brandon Hale
ISBN 9781732127821
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Book 3 of The Prince Martin Epic Series

This classic adventure book is about a boy, a knight, and the true meaning of loyalty.

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Ages 7-10 years

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Prince Martin and the Last Centaur
Brandon Hale
ISBN 978-1-7321278-8-3
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Book 5 of The Prince Martin Epic Series

This story is a tale of two brothers, a courageous kids, and the duel for the desert.

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Ages 8-11 years

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Prince Martin and the Thieves
Brandon Hale
ISBN 9781979571852
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Book 2 of The Prince Martin Epic Series

This story is about a brave boy, a valiant knight, and a timeless tale of courage and compassion.

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Ages 7-10 years

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Prince Martin Wins His Sword
Brandon Hale
ISBN 9781548835712
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Book 1 of The Prince Martin Epic Series

This story is a classic tale about a boy who discovers the true meaning of courage, grit, and friendship.

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Ages 6-9 years

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Rejoice, Panagia! Offering to Children the Akathist Hymn
Greek Orthodox Monastery of the Theotokos the Life Giving Spring
ISBN 978-0-9851915-0-5
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Published by the sisterhood of the Life Giving Spring of the Theotokos Monastery in Dunlap, CA, this children’s book presents, in simple words, the Akathist Hymn to the Mother of God. The beautiful and detailed iconography taken from the walls of the Monastery’s Dormition Chapel will touch your children’s hearts and teach them as much or more than words to love and magnify the Panagia.

Children and teens



Spyridon's Shoes
Christine Rogers
ISBN 978-1-944967-46-8
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Young Spyros spends his days fishing, octopus hunting, and dreaming of attending school like his best friend, Niko. When he encounters an elderly man on the beach after an accident, his whole life begins to shift and change. But who is this mysterious, saintly man, and why is his friendship so important? Take a short trip back in time to the Greek island of Corfu and discover the real reason for the mystery surrounding Spyridon's shoes.

Ages 7-12 years



The Blackbird's Nest: Saint Kevin of Ireland
Jenny Schroedel
ISBN 978-0-88141-258-1
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Kevin was always different. He loved animals and seemed to understand their secret language. But other children brought out the worst in him. He chased, bullied, and shoved, until one spring when he learned an unforgettable lesson from an unlikely teacher--a blackbird who built a nest in his hand. The Blackbird's Nest: Saint Kevin of Ireland is the story of Kevin's transformation into one of Ireland's best-loved saints (AD +618), revered in many Christian traditions. Written with simplicity and humor by Jenny Schroedel, and brought to life with stunning illustrations by Douglas Montross, The Blackbird's Nest is a rich, vibrant tale of renewal and a welcome addition to children's lenten literature.

Ages 8-10 years



The Man and the Vine
Jane G. Meyer
ISBN 978-0-88141-315-1
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From the time he prepares the soil for planting, a man prays over his vines and the grapes they produce, until he finally tastes the wine that has been made from the juice and transformed into a blessing from Heaven. Includes facts about Holy Communion and the Eucharistic tradition in the Orthodox Christian Church.

Teens and young adults



The Nature of Kindness
Stephanie N. Prountzos
ISBN 978-1-9772-0893-4
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Volume 1 of The Jovie Series

Jovie is a character designed to be an advocate for all animals and our planet. With a caring yet silly demeanor, this fun-loving character brings a ray of sunshine and hope into this world. The Jovie series starts with The Nature of Kindness, which allows the reader to learn that daily actions on a local level can make an impact.

Age 10 years and up



The Saint Nicholas Day Snow
Charlotte Riggle
ISBN 978-0-9846124-6-8
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The Saint Nicholas Day Snow begins on the morning of St. Nicholas Eve. Catherine's best friend, Elizabeth, is coming for a sleepover. They'll share a day filled with warm cookies, squabbles with siblings, holiday traditions, and the excitement of an unexpected snowstorm. It's all familiar, comfortable, and delightful.

And yet Elizabeth is worried. She's spending the night with Catherine because her grandmother is ill, and her parents are heading to the hospital to see her. The brief references to Elizabeth's grandmother in the main story are developed into a fully realized wordless story-within-a-story in the corner of each spread. Both stories are filled with kindness, prayer, faith, and love.

And snow.

At the end of the day, the girls set out their shoes (with apples and carrots for St. Nicholas's horse), and their parents pray and keep vigil for Elizabeth's grandmother. All of them, in the end, receive joy.

FREE BONUS:  The author signed a limited number of copies for the patrons of our store.  Buy your copy today!

Children and teens



The Woman and the Wheat
Jane G. Meyer
ISBN 978-0-88141-059-4
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There once was a woman who planted some wheat... So begins this rhythmical, festive children's book about the joy of a farmer as she works to grow the wheat and bake that bread that she will offer back to her Creator in Eucharistic celebration. The vibrant images -- reminiscent of fields in the American mid-west -- sparkle in light-saturated, warm jewel-tones and provide the perfect backdrop for the story of a woman in love with the earth, and her labor, and equally in love with her God.

Children and teens



We Pray
Daniel G. Opperwall
ISBN 978-1-944967-20-8
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Written in expressive verse, We Pray invites children and their parents to explore some of the unique aspects of Orthodox Christian prayer life. Through reflections on topics like icons, the Jesus Prayer, and the liturgy, children are invited to see the beauty in our way of praying and understand better the purpose of Orthodox prayer.

We Pray is a helpful lesson-starter on prayer for church and homeschool classrooms.

Ages 2-12 years



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