"A trailblazer of Russian Orthodox prose." - Bishop Tikhon (Shevkhunov), author of Everyday Saints.
The Deceitful Onion Bulb. A Blessing to Smuggle. The Conjuror of Rain. In this collection of stories as whimsical as their titles, award-winning author Olesia Nikolaeva poignantly recounts life for Christian believers in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia. In a manner reminiscent of the bestselling Everyday Saints these tales reveal a common theme - the subtle, sometimes imperceptible movement of Divine Providence at work in the lives of saints and sinners alike. Her writings bring us to what the ancient Celts called "thin places" where the boundaries of heaven and earth meet and the sacred and the secular can no longer be distinguished.
Posted by Dimitri Ledkovsky on 5th Aug 2018
The impression that this collection of stories leaves is that monks and monasticism are not as remote as we imagine. It's about people like you and me carving out their spiritual understanding of existence from seeming everyday chaos. The author takes you through her personal experiences with aspects of life that can only be described as miraculous. This is as entertaining as it is uplifting. You don't have to be a believer to partake of the uncanniness of the events she depicts.
In this tome you get an alternate version of the story of a monk named Augustine. An almost identical plot line for the story appears in "Everyday Saints and Other Stories". How did that happen? Or is this just another ordinary wonder?
Posted by Leo Lazaris on 9th Apr 2018
If you enjoyed Everyday Saints, the collection of stories put together by Archimandrite Tikhon which came out several years ago, you will love Ordinary Wonders: Stories of unexpected grace. The author Olesia Nikolaeva weaves together stories in a similar style mostly from her own experiences of people and events to show how God's invisible hand was present in all of them. I was eagerly anticipating a follow-up book for years and now we have it.
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