From the introduction to The Art of Prayer:
The Art of Prayer, then, represent the fruit of careful reading over many years in the monastic life....the bulk of the extracts come from Russian writers during the second half of the [nineteenth] century. Taken as a whole, Father Chariton's anthology sets before the reader the spiritual teaching of the Orthodox Church in its classic and traditional form....A random quote:
If you are not successful in your prayer, do not expect success in anything. It is the root of all.
I have a long way to go, really.
My "lighter fare" right now is A Time for Trumpets: The Untold Story of the Battle of the Bulge by Charles B. MacDonald. It's very well researched and not at all dry and boring. I find the battles of the European Theater of World War II to be fascinating.......funny that should be so, since the family members who served did so in the Pacific Theater. That whole period of history really interests me, and it is an endless puzzle and an amazement how everyone got into the 'war effort' at that time - and how different it is today.
So, what are you reading?