That Your Joy May Be Full

That Your Joy May Be Full
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Learning from the Authentic Orthodox Theology of the Spirit

“Fr. Steven Ritter has chosen St. Symeon’s prayer as a vehicle for contemplating the spiritual path of a Christian in our day and age. On each page of this important book, he ponders various aspects of Orthodox Christian spirituality in light of St. Symeon’s profoundly rich pre-Communion prayer. His book is a clarion call to the modern world to seek Divine knowledge and wisdom through the most profound kind of theology — the theology of prayer.”

--Very Rev. Fr. Victor Potapov Author and Editor, Producer and Director of Religion in Our Life, Voice of America


  • Our Nature
  • Can You Offend God?
  • A No-Surprises Message from God
  • We are His People and the Work of His Hands
  • The Names of God
  • In Pursuit of Peace
  • Perceiving the Power
  • Back to Paradise
  • To Believe or Not to Believe
  • Confronting the Inevitable – Our Descent
  • The Vanity of Denial
  • The Long Road of Repentance
  • Unraveling the Mysteries
  • A New Heaven and a New Earth – Beginning Now
  • And much more...

Advance Praise For This Book

“Deeply theological but nevertheless grounded in a pastoral practicality that makes it accessible to the lay reader. The practical focus, the clarity of the theological explanations, the delving into anthropology in terms framed by the cultural questions, the topics chosen, all make this a book that I think will be well received and valued by the serious Christian.”
-Rev. Fr. Hans Jacobse

“An engaging, useful book, something from which any well-disposed reader can benefit.”
-Jim Forest (author of Praying with Icons)

“It has been said that to be a Christian is to be a thankful person, a eucharistic person, a person who does indeed ‘give thanks in all things’ (I Thess 5:18). It is no coincidence, then, that to be a Christian also means to be a person who frequently participates in/partakes of the Holy Eucharist for ‘Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, ye have no life in you.’ By keeping and being obedient to His words we confess our love for Him who said, ‘If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him’ (John 14:23). Nothing gives the Bridegroom greater joy than being with his Bride, just as nothing gives the Bride greater joy than being with her Bridegroom: ‘These things have I (the Bridegroom) spoken unto you (My Bride), that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy may be full’ (John15:11). May this work be to the glory of our Triune God, the upbuilding of the Holy Church and salvation of souls.”
-Very Rev. Bishop Basil Antiochian Bishop of Wichita and the Diocese of Mid-America

“As readers learn about the joy of purity, power, peace and paradise in these chapters, they too will make invaluable connections with the way of the heart.”
-Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis author of Soul Mending

About The Author

Fr. Steven E. Ritter is an author and contributor to many classical music publications and periodicals, including The Essential Guide to Classical Music, Fanfare Magazine, American Record Guide,, and the Japanese magazine Classic Press. He is a church music composer and arranger, and has written spiritual articles and treatises for various Orthodox Church newspapers and parish bulletins. He currently serves as Associate Pastor of St. Mary of Egypt Orthodox Church (ROCOR) in Roswell, Georgia.