The Refuge

The Refuge

Anchoring the Soul in God

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Paperback, 448 pages
Dec 1, 2019
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Dec 1, 2019

— About the Book —

"Prayer is a refuge of God’s great mercy to the human race." The refuge is a place of inner stillness and peace where the heart is fully opened to the embrace of God’s love. It is a return to the ancient paradise from which the human race, in Adam, had to depart because of disobedience to the command of God. "The Refuge" is an exposition of the concrete actions we should take if we truly desire to live with and in God. It weaves together meditations on scripture (from the Psalms in particular) and amplifies these with the wisdom of early Christian saints, in particular the ascetical writings of St John of the Ladder, St Macarius the Great and St Isaac the Syrian. It is an active exhortation for us to reacquire the original nobility with which God fashioned us.

— Author Biography —

St. Ignatius Brianchaninov (1807–1867) was a prolific author of Orthodox Christian ascetical works. Published toward the end of his life, his writings continued to grow in popularity long after his death. Along with his contemporary, St. Theophan the Recluse, St. Ignatius is now considered a foremost authority on Orthodox spirituality. He was canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1988. His writings have previously appeared in English as The Arena and On the Prayer of Jesus.

Nicholas Kotar is a graduate of Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, NY. He is an translator of many spiritual works in the Russian Orthodox tradition.

— Contents —


Blessed is the Man

Joseph: An Edifying Story taken from the Book of Genesis

A Letter to the Brotherhood of the Sergiev Hermitage from the Nikolo-Babaev Monastery

The Fear of God and the Love of God

The Judgments of God

A Meeting of the Soul and the Mind

Seeing One’s Sins

The Image and Likeness of God in Man

A Reflection on the First Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to Timothy, Referring Primarily to the Monastic Life

The Essential Work of a Monk

The Spirit of a Beginner’s Prayer

The Cell Rule of Prayer

Prayer in Church

Prayer Spoken Aloud

Remembrance of God

The Prayer of the Mind, the Heart, and the Soul

The Jesus Prayer

A Wanderer

A Mystical Interpretation of Psalm 99

Salvation and Christian Perfection


The Various States of Human Nature in Relation to Good and Evil

  1. Introduction
  2. There are three states of human nature in relation to good and evil
  3. Human nature after the creation of man
  4. Human nature after the Fall
  5. Human nature after the Redemption
  6. The renewal of redeemed human nature by repentance
  7. Renewed human nature and evil
  8. Conclusion
— More from the Author —
The Field
The Arena
Harbor for Our Hope