Welcome to the Orthodox Church - its history, theology, worship, spirituality, and daily life. This friendly guide provides a comprehensive introduction to Orthodoxy, but with a twist: listeners learn by making a series of visits to a fictitious church, and get to know the faith as new Christians did for most of history, by immersion. Mathews-Green provides commentary and explanations on everything from how to "venerate" an icon, the Orthodox understanding of the atonement, to the Lenten significance of tofu. It's the perfect book for inquirers and newcomers, but even listeners who have been Orthodox all their lives say they learned things they never knew before. Enjoyable, easy-to-listen-to and leavened with humor, Welcome to the Orthodox Church is a gracious guide to the ancient faith of the Christian East.
©2015 Frederica Mathewes-Green (P)2016 Frederica Mathewes-Green
I wanted to learn more about the Orthodox faith and practices, and this book certainly gave me a whole lot to think about and research. The author/reader's style is the best I've ever heard in an audio book. I never got bore with this book - not once.
I wept. I laughed. I wept some more, at the beauty of this faith. When the book was finally over, I exclaimed out loud, "No!!"
This lengthy book has left me wanting so much more.
Orthodoxy is a treasure! "Dig for it!"
The Conclusion puts it all into perspective.
No - this is the first of more to come.
If you mean turning the bright light on in a world of half-lit images, then yes. Frederica's insight and simple explanations answered questions I didn't know I had.
This is a must read for the serious religious scholar to casual wonderer looking for a glimpse of the Church Jesus the Christ breathed into existence.
At once spiritual and approachable I welcome everyone to read this book
God bless you
Kh. Mathewes-Green gives such an actual picture of life at an Orthodox Church. I especially liked all of her explanations of church etiquette. She has a beautiful voice that is soothing to listen to.
"A beautifully written and presented book. "
A truly remarkable book which strengthened my belief in the Orthodox faith. listening to it as I drove around the UK and I've since bought the same in book form. Thank you Frederica.
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