Alexander Schmemann. O Death, Where Is Thy Sting? Trans. by Alexis Vinogradov. Yonkers, NY: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2003. 115 pp. Amazon.
Alexander Schmemann (d. 1983) was one of the great Orthodox theologians of the 20th century. This book is a testament to robust Easter Christian hope in the Resurrection.
With 115 small pages of print, the book is great devotional reading for those interested in thinking about the resurrection. It's first four chapters are transcribed from a series of addresses delivered by Schmemann in Russia on Radio Liberty. The other chapters are from various speeches and books from Schmemann's career.
The current that runs throughout the entire book is Schmemann's absolute denial that death is the end, or that we look chiefly for that "next world", both of which deny the importance of God's creation. Rather, the Christian hope in the future is in a resurrected, remade, and very real world. "In the end," says Schmemann, "it is not about comfort or help, but about joy and victory" (51).