You Cannot Give What You Do Not Have, So Be Filled In Order to Fill Others

You Cannot Give What You Do Not Have, So Be Filled In Order to Fill Others

Xulon Press presents encouragement in the art of encouragement.

Author Stavros N. Akrotirianakis inspires readers to foster environments of honesty, confidence and productivity in The Heart of Encouragement: 176 Reflections to Build You Up and Empower You to Build Up Others ($35.49, paperback, 9781662860256; $9.99, e-book, 9781662860263).

Akrotirianakis pulls from his own life experience, as well as from his years of ministry, to form an understanding that those who are suffering from low self-esteem find it difficult to encourage others. In an effort to put an end to this vicious cycle, he has drawn inspiration from 1 Thessalonians 5:11-28 in order to build up his readers and prepare them to breathe life into others in need of affirmation.

“Encouragement is something we all desperately need more of and something we are more than capable of giving,” said Akrotirianakis.

Stavros Akrotirianakis was born in Whittier, CA and earned a Master of Divinity from Holy Cross School of Theology. He serves as a Greek Orthodox Priest in Tampa, FL, where he lives with his wife and their son. Akrotirianakis has authored several books, including: All Creation Rejoice: Reflections on Advent, the Nativity and Epiphany; The Road Back to Christ: Reflections on Lent, Holy Week and Pascha; and Blessed Is the Kingdom, Now and Forever: Reflections on the Divine Liturgy.


Xulon Press, a division of Salem Media Group, is the world’s largest Christian self-publisher, with more than 15,000 titles published to date. The Heart of Encouragement is available online through,, and


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