04 August 2007
Books By/About Fr. Seraphim Rose
Go to http://www.sjkp.org/ and type "Fr. Seraphim Rose" in the SEARCH BOX. Then click on GO.
The St. Herman Press, of the Platina Monastery, (originally Fr. Seraphim's monastery, but no longer in ROCOR), also sells retail, and may have additional titles.
Platina was in the Royal Path prior to Fr. Seraphim's death in 1982. After that Platina monastery left the Royal Path and ended up joining World Orthodoxy [the "left wing"] in 2001. Since then Platina has come to believe and to put forth the idea that Fr. Seraphim would approve of this and that he was headed for World Orthodoxy himself before he died. They rewrote Fr. Seraphim's biography partly, but not entirely, to reflect this new belief.
The original biography was published in 1993:
NOT OF THIS WORLD
The Life and Teaching of Fr. Seraphim Rose
Pathfinder to the Heart of Ancient Christianity
The rewrite was published in 2003
FATHER SERAPHIM ROSE
His Life and Works
The original is no longer in print. The rewrite is better in many ways. I own a copy of each. If I had to give one up, it would be the rewrite.
Everything written or co-written BY Fr. Seraphim Rose is going to be before he died in 1982. He knew his time was short so he published the important things first. As for things written or emphasized ABOUT Fr. Seraphim after his death, these can draw a fuzzy picture. Some writings published after his death, he may have never intended to have published. The book, Letters, for example, is a collection of personal guidances and encouragements that Fr. Seraphim gave to one man considering only that man's particular spiritual needs and spiritual condition. While the letters might be helpful to others, it is best to keep this in perspective. His writings to "all" were intended for everyone, and give a clearer picture not just of his teachings, but also of his self. Far worse, is that there is even a book somewhere out there written by a non-Orthodox about Fr. Seraphim's pre-baptism sins. Out of love and respect for the righteous man Fr. Seraphim became and gratitude for his writings, I would not read that book.
Other wonderful books of immeasurable spiritual value are the Optina Elder series which Fr. Seraphim labored greatly to make available to us. Type "Optina elders series" in the search box at SJKP.org