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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Father Arseny, by Vera Bouteneff. Gives stirring glimpses of Fr Arseny's life in a Soviet prison camp and tells the stories of whose lives were transfigured through their connection with him.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published March 1st by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press. More Details Original Title. Father Arseny 1. Father Arseny. Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Father Arseny, , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Father Arseny, Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. Sort order. Oct 07, Stephanie rated it it was amazing Shelves: orthodox-christianity , Arseny survived the upheaval and cruelty of Soviet Russia and the unbearably inhumane prison life only to shine with the beauty of God's grace, touching the lives of so many; healing, loving, helping, and instructing everyone he met.
He is a shining light and servant of God. He prayed without ceasing. This book inspires us to love all people and never give up on them or stop praying for them. Pray for us blessed Father Arseny. View 1 comment. This book is wonderful,fascinating, lovely, powerful, beautiful.
One of the best books I have ever read. If you want to be touched deeply in your soul. Read it!!! Father Arseny, pray for us sinners!!! Feb 01, Nicole. Recommended to Nicole. A truly miraculous book. Read it again and again. Read it to the kids. Arseny was an Orthodox Priest in the early to midth century who spent several years in a Communist Death Camp. He prayed unceasingly in the camp, and the results of his faithfulness were very beautiful. Dec 23, Quiescence rated it it was amazing.
This is a book that leaves a deep trail in one's heart and mind. I cannot convey in any way the emotions I went through while reading the book. You should read it for yourself and immerse in the vivid atmosphere depicted throughout.
Apr 17, Rachael rated it it was amazing. This is one of the best books I have ever read. What an inspiration, what a push toward God it has been for me.
Pray for us, Father Arseny! Jul 26, Isaiah the Ox rated it it was amazing. This is not a perfect book but I don't know how I couldn't rate it five stars. I read this book slowly but I am so glad I did. I learned so much from Father Arseny, many times I would put the book down and pray in awe of this Holy Saint and the works God can do through His children.
This book shows the greatest fall and depravity of man and also the great strength and humility of Christ. I learned so much about humanity, real humanity, God, and especially what true love really looks like.
So man This is not a perfect book but I don't know how I couldn't rate it five stars. So many lessons are hidden in this book, but probably the most impactful for me was about the goodness of humanity.
Many soldiers in the camp were evil and cruel, but even in the worst one Father Arseny saw a light inside of them, and many times we were shown how these evil men did some good even while at the camp. Goodness can hardly ever be entirely diminished, and I saw and learned that in this book.
Yes, the book is disorganized and unclear at times, but that is admitted by the compiler. He even says that the third section needed work. Some people are never introduced, you just hear names, and others are hard to remember or difficult to distinguish apart. But, if you ever hear someone tell a story, the same flaws will appear. Most people I know are horrible story tellers when it comes to personal life, and I doubt 19th century personal reflections would be any different. The stories are still impactful and wonderful, if you also acknowledge a human or many people!
Wonderful book. First Saint I have ever "met", and I hope to meet more. Apr 28, mRizk rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. It feels wrong to rate this book. It is simply a must read and an encounter with Father Arseny himself. May 03, Tony rated it it was amazing. This is a beautiful complement to the grimmer work of Solzhenitsyn and others, coming as it does from a well of deep faith.
Father Arseny's saintly self-sacrifice--not in a heroic single moment, but in a daily pouring out of himself for others in a murderous gulag work camp--made me think about all the ways I deny others even small acts of service. A compilation of accounts from witnesses and spiritual children of Arseny, it amounts to a book of miracles great and small.
Feb 09, Paul rated it really liked it Shelves: spirituality , auto-biography. This book is a bit rambling and I made my way through the first half in fits and starts, but to say it's a slow read is to miss the point - it's just a book you take at its pace rather than your own. Reading it really is a spiritual exercise.
The book is more a compilation of written memories, either by Father Arseny, his spiritual children, or those who knew or encountered him while he was imprisoned in a Soviet spacial camp. What seems to have stood out to all his spiritual children was his wi This book is a bit rambling and I made my way through the first half in fits and starts, but to say it's a slow read is to miss the point - it's just a book you take at its pace rather than your own.
What seems to have stood out to all his spiritual children was his wisdom, gentleness, and keen insight from the Holy Spirit. It's inspiring and even poetic, and I felt my faith enlarging as I read on. The underlying themes cluster around dependence on and openness to God, prayer, God's faithfulness, and serving and learning from those around us. In spite of the fact that Father Arseny was among us and gave many of us a new life, we had changed.
We were no longer young, life had worn us out and broken us down. I felt that in our prayers we now asked for help more, and glorified God less. It didn't used to be that way. I asked Father Arseny once, why is this so?
He answered me somewhat sadly, "In a way this is natural. Everything was done to eradicate faith from the souls of the people.
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Incredibly inspiring. This book is hard to put down. Arseny shows us what it truly means to be devoted to Christ and how to live a Christian existence. It also paints a horrifyingly vivid picture Its been several years since I've read this book but I felt I must say something about this book in case you were considering reading it. It is almost impossible to read this book without being
It is one of the great mysteries of life that in atmospheres of the harshest cruelty, a certain few not only survive but emerge as beacons of light and life. Father Arseny, former scholar of church art, became Prisoner No. In the darkness of systematic degradation of body and soul, he shone with the light of Christ's peace and compassion. His sights set on God and his life grounded in the Church, Father Arseny lived by injunction to "bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ" Galatians
Father Arseny 1893-1973 Priest, Prisoner, and Spiritual Father
Piotr Andreyevitch Streltzof — , better known as Father Arseny , was a spiritual father in Russia during the period of communist rule under Stalin. Father Arseny is believed to have performed many miracles during harsh times in the cold Siberian prisons, where there was little hope for those who were encamped. In Stalin's Russia, priests were considered anti-communists because many of them had different political views than Stalin. As a parish priest, Father Arseny was convicted for anti-communist propaganda and became Prisoner No.