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The Melody of Faith: Theology in an Orthodox KeyThe Melody of Faith: Theology in an Orthodox Key
Vigen Guroian
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A beautifully written overview of Orthodoxy based on the metaphor of music, filled with personal asides. Highlights Syrian, Armenian, Byzantine, and Russian theologians, poets, liturgists, and iconographers to illumine creation, the apocalypse, divine therapy, the victorious cross, the mother of God, and the rhythm of the resurrection. 184 pages, softcover. Eerdmans.

The Fragrance of GodThe Fragrance of God
Vigen Guroian
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In The Fragrance of God Vigen Guroian journeys both through the year's changing seasons and through the course of his personal life as he and his family leave their home in Maryland to settle down afresh near the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. An avid gardener, Vigen thoughtfully reflects upon leaving his old garden behind in order to cultivate the new one, and discusses this process as an emblem of the Christian journey through life, marked both by bitter losses and sweet new blessings. While deeply personal, The Fragrance of God vividly unfolds the great biblical themes of the grandeur of God's creation, the senses as "paths" to experiencing God, and the garden as a place of birth, death, and renewal. Abundant with citations from Guroian's beloved church fathers from the Orthodox tradition and replete with theological reflection, The Fragrance of God will lead readers down a path of deeper insight into the creation and the Creator.


Tending the Heart of Virtue: How Classic Stories Awaken a Child's Moral ImaginationTending the Heart of Virtue: How Classic Stories Awaken a Child's Moral Imagination
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Guroian illuminates the complex ways in which fairy tales and fantasies educate the moral imagination from earliest childhood. Examining a wide range of stories - from Pinocchio and The Little Mermaid to Charlotte's Web, The Velveteen Rabbit, The Wind in the Willows, and the Narnia Chronicles - he argues that these tales capture the meaning of morality through vivid depictions of the struggle between good and evil, in which characters must make difficult choices between right and wrong, or heroes and villains contest the very fate of imaginary worlds. Character and the virtues are depicted compellingly in these stories while wickedness and deception are unmasked of their pretensions to goodness and truth. Throughout, Guroian highlights the classical moral virtues such as courage, goodness, and honesty, especially as they are understood in traditional Christianity.

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