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My own pick of my best available is below. (See my author bookshelf if you want my whole collection.) Read my titles freely and copy them freely if you wish... and if there's something you think is golden, please go for the gold and own it in paper!
About these titles
These are collections you can both sample, and read cover to cover. CJS Hayward in Under 99 Pages is specifically intended to be short and easy to start.
There are sometimes copies of my work, all autographed, at my monastery's bookstore. Some of them, such as the classic The Luddite's Guide to Technology, are cheaper than I can make them available on Amazon.
Prices may vary.
A Pack of Cigarettes for the Mind: Selections from the Hidden Price Tags: An Eastern Orthodox Look at the Dark Side of Technology and Its Best Use Series
A Pack of Cigarettes for the Mind is a 2024 Pulitzer Prize nominee in the General Nonfiction category.
It pulls together some of the very best works from Hidden Price Tags series. It serves well as an introduction or just a summary.
Phones have taken over our lives. They have cost us more than we imagined we could lose, and live driven by a cellphone is miserable.
You have a choice, even if you don't know it. It is possible for us to take control of our lives back from our phone, and this is a book about how.
In Stranger in a Strange Land, one of the characters says that saying happiness is a matter of living the way a person is made to live is in English empty, just a tautology, but that in Martian, it's a complete set of working instructions.
This opens up what must be to many people a lost world, and provides elementary instructions how to function as we were meant to function.
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Hidden Price Tags: An Eastern Orthodox Look at the Dark Side of Technology and Its Best Use is a seven volume series that represents the author's full magnum opus on Orthodoxy, technology, and related issues. If there is anything the author has contributed to the conversation, it is probably in the volumes of this series.
This is a very short collection of my very best works.
They are meant to be easy to get started on while giving the reader a real taste of what is truly the best in my work.
This may be the best place to start. Perhaps when you have read it, and find yourself wishing the book was longer and there were more things to read, it will be time to move on to some of the longer works below. (Or you can just skip to "St. Clive."
I grew up with my father reading the Chronicles of Narnia to my brother Matthew and me as bedtime stories. My Mom would come in and see a nodding-off father trying to read, and two little boys on his lap listening alertly.
For those of us who grew up in C.S. Lewis's shadow, here is a look back at C.S. Lewis as Orthodox and looking forward to how someone starting with C.S. Lewis can land deep into Orthodoxy.
The Best of Jonathan's Corner is my overall best-rounded collection of all kinds of Orthodox theology expressed in all kinds of writing. I used to consider it my flagship until my spiritual director gently suggested that The Luddite's Guide to Technology may be my biggest impact and my biggest contribution.
During my first meetings with spiritual direction, my spiritual father talked with me and said that the biggest area I seem to have to talk about is something like "Orthodox Theology and Technology." Earlier I thought that this was my most interesting suggestion, while The Best of Jonathan's Corner was my flagship. This was my next flagship. Now my flagship is a proper series: Hidden Price Tags: An Eastern Orthodox Look at the Dark Side of Technology and Its Best Use.)
All of the collections above are hand-picked selections that revolve around a center theme. This collection is the full twelve volume collection, with about 365 different individual works (most of them are short). Each speaks with a different voice, and the result is amazing.
The reviews aren't in yet. But some people really like it.
You deserve to own the whole collection in paperback!
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