Remember Thy First Love (Revelation 2:4-5). The three stages of the spiritual life in the theology of Elder Sophrony
Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou, one of the closest disciples of Elder Sophrony Sacharov, has been blessed with the privilege of living for several years together with the blessed Abbot, having partaken of His teachings, both written ones but more importantly the ones transmitted by word of mouth. Lots of the spiritual subjects taught by Elder Sophrony that were not written, being brought to light by Father Zacharias, thus concluding the priceless work of the Abbot.
One of these subjects, the one referring to the three stages of the spiritual life, is now available to the readers together with very useful explanations. Throughout the book, the reader comes across Elder Sophrony's teachings both through quotations that refer to his writings and also through the precious examples gathered from his oral teachings.