Facing East: A Pilgrim's Journey into the Mysteries of Orthodoxy  -     By: Frederica Mathewes-Green
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Veiled in the smoke of incense, the Eastern Orthodox Church has long been an enigma to the Western world. Yet, as Frederica Mathewes-Green discovered, Orthodoxy is a vital and living faith, rich in ritual beauty and steadfast integrity. Facing East is a one-year chronicle of a life lived in this faith. Among icons and unfamiliar sacraments, the stately rituals and prayers, Mathewes-Green weaves a beautiful, moving, and funny portrait of her own experience as a cautious convert. Through her own compelling story, and that of her family, Mathewes-Green revels the human face of a millenia-old tradition, eloquently illustrating the joys and blessings an ancient faith can bring to the worshipers of today.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: HarperOne
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0060850000
ISBN-13: 9780060850005
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The Classic Story of a Family's Pilgrimage
into the Orthodox Church

Veiled in the smoke of incense, the Eastern Orthodox Church has long been an enigma to the Western world. Yet, as Frederica Mathewes-Green discovered, it is a vital, living faith, rich in ritual beauty and steadfast in integrity. Utilizing the framework of the Orthodox calendar, Mathewes-Green chronicles a year in the life of her small Orthodox mission church, eloquently illustrating the joys and blessings an ancient faith can bring to the worshipers of today.

Author Bio

Frederica Mathewes-Green is the author of numerous books about early and Eastern Christian spirituality and the Orthodox Church. She is a columnist for Beliefnet.com, a commentator on National Public Radio, and writes movie reviews for National Review Online. She and her husband, Fr. Gregory Mathewes-Green, have three children and five grandchildren.

Editorial Reviews

“An illuminating glimpse of this piece of the contemporary American religious landscape...Writing with charm and humor...”
“A mine of information about the customs and spiritual life of the Orthodox church...”
Mathewes-Green introduces the reader to the world of the Orthodox in the best possible way.”
“An insider’s view of Orthodox life and practice.”
“I predict Facing East will inspire many to investigate Orthodoxy.”

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