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The flagship title from this website is unmistakably,
The Best of Jonathan’s Corner (paperback $25, Kindle $3).

A shorter introduction is available in A Small Taste of Jonathan’s Corner (paperback $7, Kindle $1).

Anthologies & collections


Knights and Ladies, Women and Men

Knights and Ladies, Women and Men

He created them male and female: it was an apocalyptic sign given to a saint that men would wear long hair and be indistinguishable from women. (Anyone up for the sexlessness called “androgyny”?)

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How Shall I Tell an Alchemist?: A Collection of Poems

How Shall I Tell an Alchemist? A Collection of Poems

These poems are meant to capture beauty and depth.

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Sample chapter: How Shall I Tell an Alchemist?

Chapters: Collections of Short Insights in Theology

Chapters: Collections of Short Insights in Theology

There is an old Orthodox tradition of distilling the Fathers into short nuggets of wisdom. These works are meant to follow in their footsteps.

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Sample chapter:: The Best Things in Life Are Free.

The Best of Jonathan's Corner

The Best of Jonathan’s Corner

The Best of Jonathan’s Corner is the flagship not only of this site’s works of theology, but all of its works.

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Sample Chapter: Doxology.

Nature, and What Lies Beyond Nature: A Glimpse Into the Nature That Science May Never Reach

Nature, and What Lies Beyond Nature: A Glimpse Into the Nature That Science May Never Reach

A look at what lens we may see nature with besides that provided by science.

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Sample chapter: Animals.

A Pilgrimage From Narnia

A Pilgrimage From Narnia

One Orthodox Dean said that he sang his way into Orthodoxy. The author has started with the Chronicles of Narnia and made a journey into Holy Orthodoxy. Here is some of the beauty he has seen along the way.

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Sample Chapter: A Pilgrimage from Narnia)

How to Survive Hard Times

How to Survive Hard Times

We live in hard times that may be getting harder. But God works in hard times as well as easy ones. God reigns and cares in both, and some have said that his Providence is the more magnificent in hard times. You are invited to read the sample chapter.

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Sample chapter: God the Spiritual Father.

The Sign of the Grail: The Anthology

The Sign of the Grail: The Anthology

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Sample Chapter: The Sign of the Grail)

The Luddite's Guide to Technology

The Luddite’s Guide to Technology

The Luddite’s Guide to Technology is one of the author’s three major critiques (the other two are The Seraphinians: “Blessed Seraphim Rose” and His Axe-Wielding Western Converts and Orthodoxy and Contraception).

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Sample chapter: Technonomicon: Technology, Nature, Ascesis.

Suffering: Where Is God When It Hurts?

Suffering: Where Is God When It Hurts?

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Sample Chapter: The Arena.

Odds and Ends, Curiosities and Creative Works

Odds and Ends, Curiosities and Creative Works

This is probably the most eclectic bundle of musings this site offers. Highlights include “Physics” and in particular “The Angelic Letters.”

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Sample chapter: The Arena.

Profoundly Gifted Survival Guide

Profoundly Gifted Survival Guide

Giftedness is a delicate subject: some people are every bit interested in the experiences at different levels, and some people finding bring the topic up to simply be offensive. This book is not meant as a gambit for popularity, but to be useful in an area where roadmaps are hard to find.

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Sample chapter: The Wagon, the Blackbird, and the Saab.

A Small Taste of Jonathan's Corner

A Small Taste of Jonathan’s Corner

Some people may be intimidated by a book that’s an inch-and-a-half thick, especially if they are not familiar with the author. For interested parties, the slender volume of A small taste of Jonathan’s Corner may provide a very gentle introduction.

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Sample chapter: The Angelic Letters.

"Do We Have Rights?" and Other Homilies

“Do We Have Rights?” and Other Homilies

The truth of the matter can sometimes be very different from what we expect.

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Sample chapter: Money.

Fighting Dragons: Works of Theology and Polemics

Fighting Dragons: Works of Theology and Polemics

Real and malevolent dragons exist: witness the red dragon with seven heads and ten horns in the Revelation of Jesus Christ. Part of fighting that dragon, if immediately a small part, is in polemics where one can both agree and disagree.

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Sample chapter: An Orthodox Looks at a Calvinist Looking at Orthodoxy.

The Bible, the Commentary, and the Sermon on the Mount

The Bible, the Commentary, and the Sermon on the Mount

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Sample chapter: The Most Politically Incorrect Sermon in History: A Commentary on the Sermon on the Mount.

Creation, Evolution, Intelligent Design, and Origins Questions

Creation, Evolution, Intelligent Design, and Origins Questions

Protestants bring the concept of an origins position into Orthodoxy; but Orthodoxy is hardly the debate’s native soil. This is a collection of individual posts to represent the issue (or non-issue) that science presents Ortodoxy on origins questions.

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Sample chapter: Creation and Holy Orthodoxy: Fundamentalism Is Not Enough.

Hymn to the Creator of Heaven and Earth, and Other Prayers

Hymn to the Creator of Heaven and Earth, and Other Prayers

Perhaps the truest poems the author has written are really prayers, and the truest prayers the author has written are really poems. You are invited to read this collection.

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Sample chapter: Hymn to the Creator of Heaven and Earth.

Author's Picks: Favorite Works of Orthodox Christian Mystical Theology

Author’s Picks: Favorite Works of Orthodox Christian Mystical Theology

A few hand-picked favorites in theology

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Sample chapter: Exotic Golden Ages and Restoring Harmony with Nature: Anatomy of a Passion.

Orthodoxy and Contraception

Orthodoxy and Contraception

This written after the author was told that contraception was permitted by the Orthodox Church if you get a blessing and follow a few rules. Then, years later, the author found a very nasty surprise by an academic who happened to be considered part of the Orthodox Church and made a revisionist account in a journal that was ecumenist enough to have “Ecumenical” in its title. To use programmer slang, the discovery was what is called “buried treasure”, meaning it is something that “needs to be dug up and removed.”

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Sample chapter: Contraception, Orthodoxy, and Spin Doctoring: A Look at an Influential but Disturbing Article.

Doxology and Other Orthodox Hymns and Poems

Doxology and Other Orthodox Hymns and Poems

These hymns and poems are really prayers.

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Sample chapter: Doxology.

Religion and Science, Technology and Faith

Religion and Science, Technology and Faith

The basic Westeren academic understanding of “religion and science” is flawed. This book briefly looks at that debate, and suggested another dimension to explore: that of “technology and faith.”

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Sample Chapter: “Religion and Science” Is Not Just Intelligent Design vs. Evolution

Doxology: The Anthology

Doxology: The Anthology

A look at the divine glory through the practical lens of suffering and hardship.

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Sample chapter: Silence: Organic Food for the Soul.

Medieval Realms: An Eclectic Collection

Medieval Realms: An Eclectic Collection

Various works relating to the medieval; the author has read medieval literature extensively, sometimes in the original, but this collection represents fantasy above historical fiction.

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Sample chapter: The Spectacles.

Business Essentials: Communication. Negotiation. Unbranding.

Business Essentials: Communication. Negotiation. Unbranding.

Perhaps the most interesting part is what it has to say about effective negotiation.

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Sample chapter: Theory of Alien Minds: A UX* Copernican Shift.

Django Javascript Integration: Ajax and jQuery

Django JavaScript Integration

My first technical book, included here for completeness. It was a bit rough, but I managed to improve enough with the second title Packt Publications (my publisher) graciously allowed me to write. (My second title, Reactive Programming with JavaScript, has apparently selling like hotcakes

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The Fairy Prince and Other Fantasy and Fairy Tales

The Fairy Prince and Other Fantasy and Fairy Tales

For children of all ages.

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Sample chapter: Janra Ball: The Headache.

Firestorm 2034: The Anthology

Firestorm 2034: The Anthology

This anthology treats several areas related to giftedness, and turns A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court on its head and looks at a medieval genius transported to our future.

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Sample chapter: The Monastery.

As It Were in Ye Olden Dayes

As It Were in Ye Olden Dayes

A collection of poems and literature lovingly written in Elizabethan English, plus the novel The Sign of the Grail (which includes passages in medieval English).

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Sample Chapter: Why This Waste?

Articles on Christian Faith and Other Things

Articles on Christian Faith and Other Things

An assortment of reflections, musings, and essays touching on Christianity.

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Friendly, Win-Win Negotiation: Interest-Based Negotiation and Getting to Yes)

The Christmas Tales: The Anthology

The Christmas Tales: The Anthology

The title chapter was inspired, however crudely, by The Canterbury Tales, and touches on other topics including Orthodoxy and heterodoxy.

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Sample chapter: Stephanos.

The Minstrel's Song: A Christian High Fantasy Medieval Role Playing Game (RPG) With Rich Cultures

The Minstrel’s Song: A Christian High Fantasy Medieval Role Playing Game (RPG) With Rich Cultures

This was an attempt at a Christian role-playing game. It is presented here for curiosity’s sake. Good players might make the game work, but the author has moved on to other interests.

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Sample chapter: Espiritcthus: Cultures of a Fantasy World Not Touch by Evil.

CJS Hayward's Early Works

CJS Hayward’s Early Works

Sometimes an author’s earliest works can be very interesting. This volume has some of the first sparks that would result in this website.

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Sample chapter: A Dream of Light.

Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" Revisited and Other Socratic Dialog

Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” Revisited and Other Socratic Dialog

This book has at least one one-star review from a reader who expected a secondary source rather than actual Socratic dialog. Notwithstanding, a reader who is interested in Socratic dialog may appreciate the title.

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Sample chapter: Plato: The Allegory of the… Flickering Screen?

Hayward's Unabridged Dictionary: The Anthology

Hayward’s Unabridged Dictionary: The Anthology

This book took Ambrose Bierce’s title The Devil’s Dictionary for inspiration and model. Read a page and you will enjoy the laughter; read fifty pages at one sitting and you will be drained. Some readers consider this title my best work. (I’d like to know why!)

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Sample chapter: Hayward’s Unabridged Dictionary.

Merlin's Well

Merlin’s Well

The Arthurian legends offer one of the most enduring legacies of medieval literature. This text explores some legends, delves into telling stories patterned after the craft of medieval European masters, and then moves on to something still deeper.

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Sample chapter: “Physics”.

Reactive Programming with JavaScript

Reactive Programming with JavaScript

This is a technical book that took an obscure, but very powerful, approach to programming, transformed the theory to something that ordinary programmers can understand (instead of saying, “This is all over my head! I don’t have a PhD in computational math in the past five years”), and documented a very powerful view framework for others to use.

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CJS Hayward: The Complete Works

CJS Hayward: The Complete Works

One-stop shopping for both good and bad works. (Other available collections are more tightly focused focused around some particular theme or topic.) See also The Seraphinians.

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Sample chapter: Akathist to St. Philare the Merciful.