The following is a subjective list of resources that I have found helpful. These days there are plenty of good resources on the Orthodox Church, too many to list in one place. There has been no attempt to be exhaustive, and if you find your favorite resource missing, please accept my apologies (and ping me so I can consider adding it).
Not all resources have links, people and places are easy to find with Google. Details of the books are available through Amazon.
Primary American Jurisdictions
- Antiochian Orthodox Church
- Greek Orthodox Church
- Orthodox Church of America
- Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR)
Other Orthodox Churches
- Coming Home by P E Gillquist
- The Orthodox Church by Timothy Ware
- The Orthodox Way by Bishop of Diokleia Kallistos
- Alaskan Missionary Spirituality by Michael J. Oleska
- Ecclesiastical History of the English People by Bede
- For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy by Alexander Schmeman
- Introduction to Liturgical Theology by Alexander Schmemann
- The Meaning of Icons by Vladimir Lossky and Leonid Ouspensky
Lives of Saints
- The Desert Fathers by Helen Waddell and Basil Pennington
- Via Patrum The Life of the Fathers by St. Gregory of Tours
- The Place of Blessed Augustine in the Orthodox Church (Orthodox Theological Texts) by Seraphim Rose
Theosis & Spirituality
- Deification as the Purpose of Man’s Life by Archimandrite George
- The Philokalia by St. Nikodimos and St. Makarios
A classic collection of texts written between the 4rd and 5th century, compiled in the 18th century.
- Passions and Virtues According to Saint Gregory Palamas by Anestis Keselopoulos and Hieromonk Alexis
- The Arena: An Offering to Contemporary Monasticism by Ignatius Brianchaninov and Archimandrite Lazarus Moore
- Unseen Warfare: The Spiritual Combat and Path to Paradise of Lorenzo Scupoli by Lorenzo Scupoli, Theophan the Recluse and Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain
This spiritual classic was written by Lorenzo Scupoli, a sixteenth-century Venetian priest. In the general rapport between Western and Eastern Christendom, it reached Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain, who first recognized its immense spiritual worth, and later, in the nineteenth century, Theophan the Recluse, both of whom edited and translated the work.
- 12 Things I Wish I had known …first visit to an Orthodox Church – Frederica Mathewes-Green
- An Orthodox Timeline of Church History