Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef’s recent presentations

Larisa signing copies of her book at the presentation organized by the Russian Orthodox community in Malta
Larisa presenting her book in Saint Petersburg
Larisa presenting her book at the Saint Petersburg Meeting of Literary Critics.

Here are some pictures of Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef‘s recent lecture-presentations in Valletta, Malta and Saint Petersburg, Russia on her book Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters (Hope & Life Press, 2015), which were very well received.

The book is available in the English and Russian language editions in paperback / ebook versions from Amazon globally, major booksellers, and directly from ourselves at Hope & Life Press.

Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef’s recent presentations

Another 5* review for Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters

This book itself is a true blessing; written by a passionate soul, that is Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D., who touches upon the most sacred topic with such an eloquence and utter delicacy that couldn’t leave one not feeling spiritually enlightened upon reading.

From the very first page, we, as readers, are met with divine wisdom of each letter of the Church-Slavonic alphabet. The Church-Slavonic language is the soul of the people and the traces of it left imprints on language, culture, and literature altogether, evoking most powerful and sincere feelings.

What is treasured about this book is that it reveals the Church-Slavonic language as a means that opens and deepens our connection to God.

By reading Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters, we are going through the holy journey on which we become closer with our Holy Father and it, itself, is a true gift.

With so much love in my heart, I would like to thank Larisa Olegovna Micallef for giving us a blessing in the form of this divine book.

(Source: Amazon UK)

Another 5* review for Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters

NEW RELEASE: Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters (English ed.)

Divine Significance Front Cover English edHope and Life Press is pleased to announce the release of the English edition of the Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters, written by the Russian Orthodox scholar Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D. Dmitrieva Micallef is a lecturer in linguistics at the Leo Tolstoy Institute of Language and Culture, Moscow, Russia.

In this book, Dmitrieva Micallef reveals and conveys the meaning and outlook of each letter in the Church Slavonic alphabet, with their inherent divine wisdom and cognitive/educative functions. Church Slavonic is the proto-Slav language of Saints Cyril and Methodius, that significantly influenced Russian language, literature, and culture. It is also the old liturgical language of the Orthodox Church. Dmitrieva Micallef explores the origin and intersection of Russian and other Slavonic languages, expertly showing how sociocultural values in both Russia and Orthodoxy were formed through Church Slavonic. Similarities and differences between the Church Slavonic and Russian languages are clarified. Readers are introduced to Church Slavonic as a way of communicating with God, since the alphabet itself, combined together, results in a homily, with the divine wisdom found therein providing the Word of God for a deep spiritual journey.

Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters (English ed.) is available in paperback and ebook editions directly from Hope and Life Press, Amazon, and other major booksellers. The book is also available in paperback and ebook editions in the Russian language.

Early Reviews

– Exciting journey through the history of the Russian language and culture through Church Slavonic letters, highly recommended – Marina Tikhonycheva, Ph.D., Rector, Leo Tolstoy Institute of Language and Culture.

– The book Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters corresponds to the requirements established for such a work and is highly recommended for publication – Archpriest Andrey Khokhlov, Saint John the Apostle Orthodox Parish Church, Bronnaya, Moscow.

– Fascinating, combines profundity of thought and scientific content. Useful not only for those who are Orthodox, but also for those interested in Russian culture and language – Vladimir Eger, Catechist, Saint John the Apostle Orthodox Parish Church, Bronnaya.

– Shows close connection between Russian and Church Slavonic, expressing divine wisdom and the original ideology of the Slavs – Anastasiya Piskunova, Master of History, Faculty at Moscow State University.

NEW RELEASE: Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters (English ed.)

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D.

Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D.
Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D.

Below is an interview we recently had with another of our female authors, the Russian Orthodox scholar and linguist Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D. Dmitrieva Micallef is the author of the Russian and English editions of the book Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters (2015, Hope & Life Press), in which the divine meaning and outlook of each letter of the Church Slavonic alphabet is revealed, together with their cognitive and educative functions.

Dmitrieva Micallef will be presenting her book this coming Saturday to the general and academic Russian public at the Tolstoy Institute of Languages and Culture, Moscow. A video recording of her presentation, with English subtitles, will be posted online for your edification. Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters is presently available in the Russian language in paperback and ebook editions from major booksellers worldwide including Amazon, and directly from ourselves at Hope and Life Press. The English language edition will soon be released.

Q. Larisa, when did you first start writing scientifically?

I started writing scientific articles in Russian journals when I was a postgraduate student in 2009. That year, I wrote my first article Rene de Saussure’s theory of word formation, which was about the role of artificial languages (created as auxiliary international languages and not belonging to any country) in modern linguistics, and about the possibilities of constructing words in the most successful artificial language – Esperanto. I presented that paper at our annual Moscow University conference Lomonosov 2009, and was awarded first place.

Q. What is the story behind your new book Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters? It received great early reviews!

In this book, I tried giving readers a good knowledge about God, the deeds of Jesus Christ as portrayed in Orthodox Christianity, and the Scriptural truths expressed by the alphabet of the Church Slavonic language. I also introduced readers to Russian history, culture, and worldview, as they were formed throughout the years by Church Slavonic itself. 

Q. What motivated you to become an author?

I was motivated to become an author through the great desire I felt to share my ideas with other people. My first major scientific work had been my doctoral dissertation, which took six years to complete. I had carried out a lot of innovative research about artificial and essential languages, and written many times about scholars who were exploring that issue. I had also read several books and learned a dozen languages, to effectively elicit relevant information from different primary sources written in different languages. So while writing the dissertation, I ended up having concurrently written over 20 scientific articles about the issue under investigation. I had also learned how to explore and accumulate knowledge. I had already participated in various peer-reviewed conferences and given lectures, sharing my discoveries with colleagues and students. Thus with feedback, I started thinking of writing to communicate what I had learned throughout my journey, with more people through books.  Continue reading “AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D.”

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D.

Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef presents her new book at the Tolstoy Institute, Moscow on Saturday

Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D., will be presenting the Russian edition of her newly-released book Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters (2015, Hope & Life Press) on Saturday, 24th October, 2015 at the Leo Tolstoy Institute of Languages and Cultures in Moscow, Izmaylovkskiy prospekt 121, Russia at 12pm. Dr Dmitrieva Micallef will be speaking about the important role of Church Slavonic in Russia, its international impact, and the divine significance of Church Slavonic letters.

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Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef presents her new book at the Tolstoy Institute, Moscow on Saturday

NEWSFLASH: Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D., to present her new book in Moscow

Larisa2We are pleased to announce that Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D., will be presenting the Russian language edition of her newly-released book Divine Significance in Church Slavonic Letters (2015, Hope & Life Press) to the general and academic Russian public at a presentation to be held at the Tolstoy Institute of Language and Culture, Moscow, Russia. As a private institution of tertiary education, the Tolstoy Institute has been educating major experts in the fields of linguistics and philology, history, pedagogy, psychology, and cultural studies for more than 20 years. More information about Dr Dmitrieva Micallef’s presentation will be forthcoming soon.

NEWSFLASH: Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D., to present her new book in Moscow

NEW RELEASE: Божественное значение церковнославянских букв / Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters

Divine Significance Front Cover Russian edHope and Life Press is pleased to announce the release of Божественное значение церковнославянских букв, the Russian language edition of the Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters, written by the Russian Orthodox scholar Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D. Dmitrieva Micallef is a lecturer in linguistics at the Leo Tolstoy Institute of Language and Culture, Moscow, Russia.

In this book, Dmitrieva Micallef reveals and conveys the meaning and outlook of each letter in the Church Slavonic alphabet, with their inherent divine wisdom and cognitive/educative functions. Church Slavonic is the proto-Slav language of Saints Cyril and Methodius, that significantly influenced Russian language, literature, and culture. It is also the old liturgical language of the Orthodox Church. Dmitrieva Micallef explores the origin and intersection of Russian and other Slavonic languages, expertly showing how sociocultural values in both Russia and Orthodoxy were formed through Church Slavonic. Similarities and differences between the Church Slavonic and Russian languages are clarified. Readers are introduced to Church Slavonic as a way of communicating with God, since the alphabet itself, combined together, results in a homily, with the divine wisdom found therein providing the Word of God for a deep spiritual journey.

Божественное значение церковнославянских букв is available in paperback and ebook editions directly from Hope and Life Press, Amazon, and other major booksellers. An English edition is forthcoming soon.

Early Reviews

– Exciting journey through the history of the Russian language and culture through Church Slavonic letters, highly recommended – Marina Tikhonycheva, Ph.D., Rector, Leo Tolstoy Institute of Language and Culture.

– The book Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters corresponds to the requirements established for such a work and is highly recommended for publication – Archpriest Andrey Khokhlov, Saint John the Apostle Orthodox Parish Church, Bronnaya, Moscow.

– Fascinating, combines profundity of thought and scientific content. Useful not only for those who are Orthodox, but also for those interested in Russian culture and language – Vladimir Eger, Catechist, Saint John the Apostle Orthodox Parish Church, Bronnaya.

– Shows close connection between Russian and Church Slavonic, expressing divine wisdom and the original ideology of the Slavs – Anastasiya Piskunova, Master of History, Faculty at Moscow State University.

NEW RELEASE: Божественное значение церковнославянских букв / Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters

Coming soon – Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters

HLP Web logo Trans bkHope and Life Press is pleased to announce the forthcoming release in 2015 of the book Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters by the Russian Orthodox scholar, Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D. Church Slavonic is the language of Saints Cyril and Methodius. It is also the Slavic liturgical language of the Orthodox Church. The book will be released in both the Russian language and the English language, and will be available worldwide in paperback and ebook editions.

Coming soon – Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters