Facing East: A Pilgrim's Journey into the Mysteries of Orthodoxy (Paperback)

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Yes, this is an NPR commentator's memoir of the "personal journey" sort, but there's nothing typical in her approach - no awkward exhibitionism, no sense that life is being filtered and processed, turned into cultural commodity. In fact, this reads like a wagon-train tale of a couple driving their children and their future off into an untamed frontier. And that frontier just happens to be- to American eyes, at least - the most mysterious and most radically traditional form of Christianity. An utterly charming inviting read.

— From Adam


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.

About the Author

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.

Praise For…

“An illuminating glimpse of this piece of the contemporary American religious landscape...Writing with charm and humor...”
— Publishers Weekly

“A mine of information about the customs and spiritual life of the Orthodox church...”
— Kirkus Reviews

Mathewes-Green introduces the reader to the world of the Orthodox in the best possible way.”
— Charleston Post and Courier

“An insider’s view of Orthodox life and practice.”
— Commonweal

“I predict Facing East will inspire many to investigate Orthodoxy.”
— The Baltimore Sun

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060850005
ISBN-10: 0060850000
Publisher: HarperOne
Publication Date: February 28th, 2006
Pages: 272
Language: English