It's unbelievable, seeing them face to face...
More than 20 years ago, Bishop Tikhon Shevkunov--now a massive celebrity in Russia, but back then just a monk in the Pskov Caves Monastery--somehow got his hands on a primitive video camera.
He started filming life in the ancient Russian monastery.
Here, in an incredibly raw, authentic way, you can actually see them face to face.
Truly an amazing experience. Just watch.
Everyday Saints (2011) is by far the best-selling book in Russia in decades, selling in the 10s of millions of copies. The book compiles simple, poignant stories about the holy men who lived in Pskov Monastery a few decades ago.
It is available in English in an excellent translation by the American writer Julian Lowenfeld, famous for his translations of Russian poetry. (Amazon)
The runaway success of the book not only made Bishop Tikhon a celebrity, it also helped fund a gorgeous new church in Moscow.