Summer Reading for Kids: Everyday Saints and Other Stories

Everyday Saints and Other Stories by Archimandrite Tikhon, translated by Julian Henry Lowenfield (published by Pokrov Publication in 2012), is a collection of true stories about the Russian Orthodox monks and ordinary people that Archimandrite Tikhon encountered in his life as a young monk during the latter years of communism. The stories are inspiring, but also often quirky and funny as they describe the adventures of real people in a way that is charmingly genuine. With chapter titles such as : The Difficult Father Nathaniel, The Tale of the Egyptian Cat, and How Father Raphael Drank His Tea you can tell right away this book is special.

The beauty of our Orthodox faith and the steadfast love of God is shown through the struggles and the faith of saintly monks (saintly monks who like to drive too fast) and ordinary people who undergo extraordinary circumstances, often under the direct persecution experienced in the USSR. All this helped me see my own daily struggles with a more eternal and faithful perspective.

Everyday Saints has been a best seller in Russia and will easily hold the interest of teenagers and adults, but because most chapters can stand alone, it’s a great choice to read aloud to the whole family. My middle school aged sons have read several of the chapters independently, but are enjoying the stories again while we read them aloud as part of our bedtime routine.

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