Tuesday, July 11, 2023

39 - Book Review: "Christ, Our Way and Our Life: A Presentation of the Theology of Archimandrite Sophrony" by Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou

 Christ, Our Way and Our Life: 
A Presentation of the Theology of Archimandrite Sophrony

By Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou

Published by Stavropegic Monastery of St. John the Baptist, 2012, pp. 368.

Book Reviewed (from the Greek text) by:
Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and Agiou Vlasiou

Translated by John Sanidopoulos
Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou, with whom we have known each other for twenty-five years, with a strong and sincere friendship, who is a monk at the Honorable Forerunner Monastery in Essex, England, sent me some time ago his first book, which he published, titled "A Presentation of the Theology of Elder Sophrony", and which is an extension of the thesis he submitted to the Theological School of the University of Thessaloniki.

The day I received the book, I immediately recognized it in the mass of mail, opened it, and read its prologue. I was deeply moved, because he referred to the theology of the late Father Sophrony, a great Elder of our time, whom I enjoyed for about twenty years, through his theological books, co-liturgizing with him at the Holy Altar, personal conversations and the unique live communication that I had with him in the Sacred Monastery of the Honorable Forerunner during the summer months. But I considered it "sacrilege" to study this book among the various activities I was involved in and immediately wrote a letter to announce its receipt. Among other things I wrote: