Saint Tikhon of Moscow: Instructions & Teachings for the American Orthodox Faithful (1898–1907) published by Saint Tikhon’s Monastery Press, is a compilation of Saint Tikhon’s homilies, letters, and the like directed toward the newly developing Orthodox communities in North America. The compilation was first published in 1923 and 1926 but, as the translator notes in the preface, “it was all in the Russian language!” This newly published (2016) English version of the text is a mighty step forward for English speaking Orthodox Christians. We have, in this book, instructions from a great Saint directed exclusively to the American Orthodox people—that alone should encourage you to buy the book!
Saint Tikhon covers a number of topics ranging from missionary work, how Orthodox Christians should interact with non-Orthodox, racism, suffering, and forgiveness (and much more). The book is organized by year with each section containing a table of contents (in addition to the comprehensive table of contents in the beginning). While some of the homilies and letters dealt with intimations of Russian History that all might not be familiar with, the book as a whole is a must-read. The section on Orthodox missionary work, and how it differs in character from other Christian communities, is incredible. I was so struck by it that I wound up overviewing his approach in a previous article.
All Orthodox Christians could benefit from reading this book—but if you are an American Orthodox Christian, you, especially, should buy and read this book.
I was provided with a free review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.