A former scholar of art in the Orthodox Church, Father Arseny became prisoner #18376 in the brutal "special section" of Stalin's gulag. Despite the darkness of the Soviet prison camp designed for the systematic degradation of body and soul Father Arseny shone with the light of Christ's peace and compassion. Setting his hopes on God and keeping himself grounded in the teaching of the Church, Father Arseny lived by the words of Galatians to "bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ."
Compiled from the accounts of his spiritual children and others he lead to God, this book offers stirring glimpses of his life both inside the prison camp and after his release. It also tells the stories of people whose lives, often during times of almost unimaginable crisis, were touched and transfigured through their connection with Father Arseny.