Welcome to the Orthodox Church: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity - eBook
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Vendor: Paraclete Press
Publication Date: 2015
There are other introductory books about Orthodoxy. This one comprehensively covers the history, theology, and practice without talking over your head. Mathewes- Green takes the original approach of bringing you into a typical church for a series of visits. That is how Christians learned the faith for most of history, by coming into a community and keeping their eyes and ears open. Designed primarily for newcomers to come to understand Orthodoxy and Orthodox Christians, this guide to the faith is also a non-threatening and accessible introduction to people already "in the pews. Inviting rather than argumentative, this is a book Orthodox Christians will be giving to their friends. "Plenty of books deal with Christian theology in weighty and abstruse ways, but few apply the theology so wholly to the everyday lived realities of life, and in such easily accessible prose, as does Welcome to the Orthodox Church. Take warning, though: if you do read this thoughtful, passionate book, you run the risk of having to take the claims of Orthodox Christianity very seriously indeed." Philip Jenkins, Baylor University "How do you introduce (Eastern) Orthodoxy? Frederica suggests we treat it as a large, and muchloved, family house. She takes us round it, showing us all the rooms and what goes on in them. . . . There is lots of information, and she deals directly with problems to be encountered. This is a wonderful book." The Very Revd Archpriest Andrew Louth, Durham University, author of Introducing Eastern Orthodox Theology "With exhilarating clarity, Frederica Mathewes-Green introduces the profound mystery at the heart of the Orthodox Christian faith, which is also our common inheritance: it is a way of life to be encountered and performed; it is not reducible to a range of propositions to be considered. With great charm and with characteristic wit and humor, she prepares the way for those who arrive at an Orthodox church for services, letting them know what to expect, what to watch for, how to lean inletting them know how best to open their hearts to this worship that is both ancient and ever new." Scott Cairns "In her own warm and engaging way, Frederica takes you on a journey into a strange and exotic world for those unfamiliar with it but a spiritual refuge and oasis for those who have embraced it. This just may be the Church you have been looking for and didnt even know it existed." John Maddex, CEO Ancient Faith Ministries "Beautifully written and carefully explained with a heart for the non- Orthodox. As an evangelical, who grew up in the Greek Orthodox Church, until being shipped off to boarding school in England, I found myself longing to revisit the liturgy and traditions of my youth!" Emmanuel Kampouris, Former Chairman & CEO of American Standard Companies, Founder of www.biblemesh.com "This excellent book is most valuable because it is more like a friend than a book. It's the voice you hope to hear beside you in church, murmuring explanations and encouragement as you make your journey. I highly recommend it." Rev. Dr. Christopher Metropulos, Executive Director, Orthodox Christian Network, MyOCN.net
Frederica is a regular columnist for Beliefnet.com and a book reviewer for the Los Angeles Times. She has written hundreds of articles in secular and religious periodicals and has been interviewed extensively in national newspapers, magazines, and television programs, including the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, Newsweek, Time magazine, CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN. A sought-after speaker, editor, and commentator, Frederica has worked with The Odyssey Television Network, National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," World magazine, Religion News Service, and Christianity Today, among others. In The Illumined Heart, Frederica draws readers to solidly ground contemporary Christianity, which "has come untethered from its historic roots and just bobs along in the culture," by becoming rooted in the ancient, transcultural wisdom of the faith.
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Dave5 Stars Out Of 5Clear and DetailedAugust 1, 2016DaveQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I appreciated the format of the book: a detailed guided tour through the Orthodox Church. I am a converted Protestant, so many questions were answered for me. The writer's descriptions were very clear and often amusing. A "must read" for new converts.
Greywalk5 Stars Out Of 5Finally one that covers...June 3, 2016GreywalkQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Read only if you are seriously trying to understand Orthodox practices. While it contains a little written description of the basics of what westerns refer to as theology, it does contain practical understanding of the orthodox traditions and how it plays out in our lives and where in scripture it comes from. The orthodox traditions and way are over 2000 years of practice and past the giggle test with the great congregation of witnesses, all the eastern Christians before us. It in part brings understanding why so many Orthodox world wide face martyrdom with a song in their heart and a steadfast faith in the living God. My mother has a copy so she can understand why I converted to Orthodox Christianity. Along with Timothy Ware's the Orthodox Church, highly recommended.
PattiABAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Welcome to the Orthodox ChurchJuly 21, 2015PattiABAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a well-written book. Fredrica explains the topics well. Now I understand icons as a cloud of witnesses.
I underlined as I read, and am going back over it again, as there are many new terms to me, a non-Orthodox.
This has encouraged me to purchase more books on Orthodoxy.
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