Publisher: Templegate Publishing
This is a fictionalized biography of St. Sarafim of Sarov who has become the most popular saint in the Orthodox Church, occupying a place somewhat like that of St. Francis of Assisi in the Western churches. It paints a vivid picture of the life of the many-faceted society in the Russia of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The introduction to this edition is provided by Donald Nichol, one of Great Britain's most noted scholars and former director of the well-known ecumenical institute of Tantur, Israel. He writes: "a second event (after his conversion to Christianity) for which I have reason to be forever grateful happened soon afterwards, when I met a man who has touched me more than any other historical figure of the last thousand years, namely, St. Sarafim of Sarov. It was Sarafim's custom to greet all who came to him with the words, 'Radost moya, Christes voskrese!' 'My joy, Christ is risen!' And I felt he had greeted me with the very same words when I met him in the pages of Julia de Beausobre's Flame in the Snow." Julia de Beausobre was a Russian emigre who fled to England in the course of the Bolshevik revolution. She was widely known in Russia as a poet and novelist of great talent and especially for her translations of English classics into Russian.