Consider owning it in paper!
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! And you will do me two favors, not one, if you own it in paper:
- You’ll give me a royalty payment, even if I try to keep my books cheap to buy.
- You’ll help my work have better chances of surviving the digital dark ages when Kindle copies have become completely inaccessible.
About these titles
You’re welcome to download a collection and read just one or two works, or to skip around and read less than one per month. C.J.S. Hayward in Under 99 Pages is specifically intended to be short and easy to start.
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.”
Orthodox Theology and Technology is an author’s story, and some people like to read an author’s story.
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. Now I would say that it is my most interesting suggestion, and it has three one star ratings (One review tersely states, “Poorly written” because of how very far it is ahead of the curve. See the editorial reviews: they say something much more interesting than the two-word review.)
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.
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!
This work is included last because I made the least real contribution and mostly leveraged existing classics.
The text is something like an Orthodox King James Version, based on the Orthodox Church’s official Old Testament, the Septuagint. It is based on Sir Lancelot Brenton’s translation of the Old Testament and the King James Version of the new.
But this is a text for today, and the English is the English of the praying Orthodox Church today. There have been several light updates: I have added somewhat contemporary use of quotation marks. (They are not present in the King James Version and this makes the KJV harder to read than it has to be.) I’ve also paid attention to a few passages that don’t usually survive translation well. Furthermore, the individual books of the Bible are in different font sizes according to how much emphasis the Orthodox Church gives them: the Gospels are in an ample font size, and the Apocrypha are readable.
The hardcover edition is intended to serve as a nice family or gift Bible.
The reviews for the hardcover edition are still coming in. The paperback was barely squeezed into a tight format, and the reviews are in large measure positive, but they do note the clumsy format.