The Life of Repentance and Purity provides readers with a comprehensive overview of the practice of repentance and purity, essential aspects of Christian life. Pope Shenouda III draws on Scripture, the Church Fathers, his own experience of desert monasticism, and his experience as a shepherd to millions of Christians to provide a practical understanding of how to live a life of continually turning to God.
About the Author: His Holiness Pope Shenouda III was the 117th Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St Mark. He shepherded the Coptic Orthodox Church for over 40 years before he departed this life in 2012. A charismatic preacher and prolific writer, The Life of Repentance and Purity is one of the earlier books he published in Arabic during his papacy.
The Coptic Studies Series at St Vladimir’s Seminary Press was conceived with a two-fold purpose: to increase the accessibility of the many treasures of Coptic Orthodox Christianity to a wider English-speaking audience; and to cross-pollinate the spiritual minds of Coptic Orthodox Christians and their Eastern Orthodox brethren with the knowledge of a common faith in the incarnate Word of God—who is the true source of all wisdom and knowledge.
I have long had a vague interest in the Coptic Church so I was delighted to see that you were translating these books into English - I have only so far read the first four chapters and I feel blessed that I am sitting at the foot of a great teacher - this is a wonderful book - every word is to be savoured - and the book itself is one to be read and re-read many times!!!