The above warning was given to me when I first met Orthodoxy in 1986. Today [2009] it is even more perilous, even more difficult to find the Royal Path. For one thing there is a far greater abundance of misinformation. And many materials are missing, and other materials are being rapidly rewritten. For another thing there are fewer than ever guides remaining on the Royal Path, especially who speak English. Hopefully this website will be a place where Newcomers to the Faith can keep at least one foot on solid ground, while they are "exploring."

blog owner: Joanna Higginbotham


jurisdiction: ROCA under Vladyka Agafangel

who did not submit to the RocorMP union in 2007


04 August 2007

Books By/About Fr. Seraphim Rose

1.   See Fr. Lawrence's list off of his blog.

2.   Books by Fr. Seraphim   -   link to old catalogue

3.  There might still be some books by Fr. Seraphim left at SJKP.   It is worth asking...
    Go to http://www.sjkp.org/ and type "Rose" in the SEARCH BOX. Then click on GO.

4.  The St. Herman Press, of the Platina Monastery, (originally Fr. Seraphim's monastery, but no longer in ROCOR), also sells retail, and may have some titles.  But don't expect much from them.

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:
The Life and Teaching of Fr. Seraphim Rose
Pathfinder to the Heart of Ancient Christianity

The rewrite was published in 2003
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.  With persistence you can find these books on Amazon.