On Earth We're Just Learning How to Live - Holy Cross Monastery

On Earth We're Just Learning How to Live

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Presented here for the first time in English, this heartfelt and moving memoir has become quite popular in Russia since its publication in 2004. In it, Russian archpriest Valentin Biryukov endeavors to pass on the spiritual wisdom gleaned from his long life. Now ninety-four years of age, Fr. Valentin has had innumerable experiences of God’s mercy and has met a great many others who have experienced God in profound, at times miraculous, ways. He has recorded these experiences in this book for the sake of younger generations, to strengthen their faith and teach them how to live as true Christians: with prayer, love for others, hope in God, humility, repentance, and forgiveness.

“All of our life is a school,” he affirms. “All of our life is just a preparation for eternal life. Here on earth, we’re not living, but just learning how to live in the Heavenly Fatherland.”

176 pages, paperback, illustrated.

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