Book Recommendations for Catechumens?


This is a good one once you get a couple months down the road and want to better understand sin/confession and how to overcome it. Quick read and helps you a lot for making your first confession.

Defeating Sin, by Fr Joseph Huneycutt.



The Law Of God

Indication of the Way into the Kingdom of Heaven by St. Innocent of Alaska

Eusebius Erasmus

There are only two books you need: Holy Scripture and the Lives of the Saints. Everything else is superfluous and can even do damage if you’re not under the guidance of a good spiritual father.

You learn primarily by participating in divine services and the Church’s major feasts. And by praying.

I realize that this isn’t a Western way of thinking, since we like to intellectualize everything, but it is what it is. A simple faith is best.
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God's Revelation to the Human Heart by Fr Seraphim Rose is a good book for catechumens. It was derived from a lecture that he gave to spiritual seekers of all kinds, so he touches upon some of the problems with the modern spiritual mindset and also puts forth the Orthodox mindset as a counter to this. His discussion on the Western desire for a big experience in our spirituality is very important, he speaks about how easy it is to fall into deception when you are looking for something special to happen. It's a great book for those who are looking for a brief look into the Orthodox mindset.

Viktor Zeegelaar

Orthodox Inquirer
Nihilism and the soul after death by fr Rose are fantastic. Moreover on living sinply by st John Chrysostom. I liked C.S Lewis' screwtape letters too to get a perspective from the demon side. Lastly you can check out fr Spyridon Bailey's books all accessible via amazon.