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 VII.  BOOKS (in English)


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Their Lives and Icons

*  by Dr. Jane M. deVyver  *
3rd ed.; 44 pp.; 38 B & W photos; 5½ x 8½
ISBN 1881211-53-3
PRICE: $10.00


This is the third edition of our most popular book. It contains the Lives of 36 saints whose icons are painted on the walls of St. Innocent Orthodox Church in Redford, Michigan, and includes 37 photos.

You will be pleasantly surprised how much is contained in these 44 pages. On most pages there is an icon of the saint, with the saint's Life. Each Life is long enough to give the reader some real substance on which to meditate, but is concise enough to easily absorb and remember.  The length of each Life makes it ideal to read the life of one saint each day, which many people like to do. In addition to icons of the individual saints, there are also photos of the entire grouping of saints on the west wall and the three sanctuary walls, plus three panel icons, painted on wood in February 2000, with particles of relics of each of the three saints. The saints chosen are of diverse ethnic heritages. Whereas most are recently glorified, including 8 American saints, some are older, and include some much-beloved favorites. All the magnificent icons were written/painted by Fr. Theodore Jurewicz of Erie, PA, and are located at St. Innocent Orthodox Church in Redford (Detroit), Michigan.

If you are discovering this book for the first time, you are in for a treat. See the Saints' Lives entries in the Articles section of our companion website (, for examples of what you will find in the book, plus additional color photos.

These saints' lives are written from a perspective that seeks to explain why saints are necessary; how they relate to our lives today; and how knowledge of their lives can help us in our own spiritual journeys.

Saints Lives included are:

St. Xenia of St. Petersburg

St. John of Kronstadt

St. Andrei Rublev

St. Paisius Velichkovsky

St. Theophan the Recluse

St. Ignatius Brianchaninov

St. Ambrose of the Optina Monastery

St. Maximus the Greek

St. Silouan of Mt. Athos

St. Innocent of Irkutsk

6 American saints: St. Nicholas Velimirovich; Patriarch St. Tikhon;

    4 Alaskan saints: St. Herman, St. Innocent, St. Juvenaly and St. Peter the Aleut;

    plus 8 other American saints.

St. Elizabeth Romanova of Russia

St. Zlata/Chryse of Bulgaria

St. Irene, child-martyr of Lesvos/Mytilene, Greece

St. Angelina of Serbia

St. Juliana Lazarevo of Russia

St. Alexis Toth of Wilkes-Barre

St. Yakov/Jacob Netsvetov of Alaska

St. Gabriel, child-martyr of Poland

St. John the Romanian

St. Maksym Sandovich of Carpatho-Rus

St. Sergius of Radonezh, Russia

St. Seraphim of Sarov, Russia

St. Cosmas Aitolos, Greece

St. Nectarios of Aegina, Greece