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Book review: A Prodigal Saint: Father John of Kronstadt

prodigal-saintA Prodigal Saint:
Father John of Kronstadt and the Russian People

by Nadieszda Kizenko


A Prodigal Saint: Father John of Kronstadt and the Russian People is a very thorough presentation. This is not a hagiography, but a scholarly biography, as unbiased as possible, based on many contemporary documents, including letters received by the saint. Each chapter is nicely summarized in the last paragraphs of each section.

The strength of the book is how it situates John (1829-1908) in the context of his time, his country and his people, as is highlighted in the title itself.


Some of you may have noticed that I started another blog a few months ago. On Myrtle Skete, I will exclusively post book reviews, reading notes, conferences, and pictures related to Orthodoxy.

If you are intrigued and want to read my full review of this book, please come this way.


Book review and giveaway: Marie Antoinette’s Darkest Days

Will Bashor

on Tour

March 13-24



Marie Antoinette’s Darkest Days:
Prisoner No. 280 in the Conciergerie

(history – nonfiction)

Release date: December 1, 2016
at Rowman & Littlefield

392 pages

ISBN: 978-1442254992

Website | Goodreads


In Marie Antoinette’s Darkest Days, Bashor’s aim is to document Marie-Antoinette’s last days of imprisonment in the fairest way, helping readers find sense between numerous conflicting accounts, without taking part. He does it brilliantly and I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as much as I did the previous one by the author, on Marie-Antoinette and her hairdresser.

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Book review: Unseen City


Unseen City:
The Majesty of Pigeons,
the Discreet Charm
of Snails

& Other Wonders
of the Urban Wilderness

In San Francisco, a young father started to pay more attention to his surroundings as his toddler kept asking him names of trees and the like. He was also led to research more about all he could see around him related to the fauna and flora and he shared his discoveries in this fantastic book Unseen City. Note the awesome subtitle and cover as well!

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