Ordinary Wonders

Ordinary Wonders

Stories of Unexpected Grace

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Format
Paperback, 320 pages
Published
1 May 2018
ISBN
9780884654230
Status
Active
Dimensions
9 in x 6 in
Edition
1
Format
EPUB, 320 pages
Published
1 Apr 2018
ISBN
9780884654667
Status
Active
Format
Kindle, 320 pages
Published
1 Apr 2018
ISBN
9780884654674
Status
Active
Imprint
Printshop of St Job of Pochaev
Publisher
Holy Trinity Publications
Language
English

— About the Book —

The Deceitful Onion Bulb. A Blessing to Smuggle. The Conjuror of Rain. In this collection of stories as whimsical as their titles, award-winning author Olesia Nikolaeva poignantly recounts life for Christian believers in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia. In a manner reminiscent of the bestselling "Everyday Saints" these tales reveal a common theme - the subtle, sometimes imperceptible movement of Divine Providence at work in the lives of saints and sinners alike. Her writings bring us to what the ancient Celts called “thin places” where the boundaries of heaven and earth meet and the sacred and the secular can no longer be distinguished.

— Author Biography —

Olesia Nikolaeva is a prolific and award-winning author, poet, and essayist. She has been composing verse since her early youth and was first published at the age of seventeen. Bishop Tikhon (Shevkhunov), author of the 2011 bestseller "Everyday Saints", called her "a trailblazer in Russian Orthodox prose."

Alexandra Weber holds an MA in Russian Literary Translation from Columbia University. She previously translated A Singing Heart: A Book of Quiet Relfections, by Russian philosopher Ivan Ilyin.

— Contents —

In Lieu of an Introduction

 

The Conjuror of Rain

The New Nicodemus

Confusion

Two or Three Days

Flowers for the Shroud

Monk Leonid

Another Source

How I Battled the Gypsies

Non-Komsomol Gingerbread

At Blessed Xenia's

The Hunger Striker

"A Little Piece of Wood"

The Gypsy

Martyr Tryphon

Criss-Cross

The Queen's Pendants

Embrace

About Love

"You Do Not Know What You Ask" (Mk 10:38)

Wishes Come True

More Than Enough or Nothing Extra

Come and See

Bring Back My Husband

The Apple of My Eye

The Thrill-Seeker

An Experiment

Quid Pro Quo

Temptation

Confession to the Prison Guard

One Wave after Another

The Sound of Trumpets

"Our Boys" and "the Germans"

Five Months of Love

Mysteries beyond the Grave

Augustine

The Lord Gave and the Lord Took Away

Halvah

The Deceitful Onion Bulb

How I Lost My Voice

Money for Sabaoth

Kalliping

Good Material for a Television Series

A Blessing to Smuggle

Payback

The Delusional One

How the Vatican Shod Our Bishops

The Little Cloud

Sokratis

The Late Husband of Mother Seraphima

The Angel

Heavenly Fire

Corfu

 

Appendix: A Short Reflection on Miracles

Notes