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.
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