The Garden of the Holy Spirit: ELDER IAKOVOS OF EVIA
University of Athens School of Theology
New edition coming soon.
Elder Iakovos (Tsalikis) belongs to a special group of contemporary charismatic Elders (Paisios and Porphyrios, Fr. Dimitri Gagastathis and others) who were responsible for a resurgence of faith among those who knew them personally. In the conscience of the people, these Elders are living proof that the Orthodox Church is alive and continues to produce Saints.
The author of this book, Professor Stylianos Papadopoulos, is in a position to give us firsthand accounts of the life of the remarkable, holy man of our days, Elder Iakovos of Evia. He relates his personal experiences with the Elder to us in a vivid way. Being himself of humble and gentle spirit, he was able to capture the great figure of the renowned Elder and to shed light on his personality for our spiritual edification. Orthodox Witness is humbled to present this all-new edition to English speaking readers.
From the Author
These lines belong to all of us because I did not write just what I thought or what I liked. Instead I wrote down the words we all heard from his holy mouth, the deeds we observed in his saintly life, the miracles we saw him working out through prayer.
The present work concerning a contemporary man, an ascetic of great standards, a God–seer priest–monk gifted with many virtues and innumerable divine signs, involves many dangers, which we tried to tackle with a researcher’s conscience and experience. Primarily, exaggeration and laudatory tendency had to be avoided. We took so much care for the latter, that in order to prevent any suspicion, we left out many divine and wondrous signs of the elder’s life. The things we caught with our feeble antennae and put down in our small capability are but a sample. Nevertheless, we think that they reveal—however deficiently—the kind of person Elder Iakovos has been before God, the Saints, himself, and the people. It only fits here what the elder himself used to say about St. David: “The miracles of the Saint are innumerable. Many books have to be written. There is neither enough paper, nor enough ink!”