A wonderful book I m a Methodist who leans a considerable way towards Orthodoxy In terms of certain doctrines at least This book gives clear explanations of the elements of Orthodox worship that on first sight give cradle Protestant s like me cause to either raise their eyebrows, or run screaming to the writings of John Wesley Luther Calvin delete as appropriate It seems that when we take the time to try and understand what is alien to us, we are no longer frightened by it who d have thought it I have found this book immensely helpful in this regard I m not saying that it has made me ready to become a catechumin, but it has allowed me to at least not rule out the possibility. I don t say this very often, but this is probably one of the most well written books I have come across lately Mathewes Green knows how to inform without being overly pedantic, boring, or losing depth The occasional bit of humor is also entertaining without losing overall seriousness despite how corny her jokes may be I thought most of them were pretty funny She addresses some important concepts from the Orthodox perspective, as well as the theological differences and positions East vs West, baptism, Sunday worship, cultural aspects, etc I definitely feel comfortable visiting the local Orthodox Church now after reading this book I m sure it s great But the lady s voice with this is so calming I fall asleep everytime She s very calming, relaxing. Very good and helpful Great understanding passed on in a great an easy way I am not Greek Orthodox Frederica is a wonderful and clear writer and she tackles several theological concepts that really helps clarify the GO stance on some key doctrines She really helped me to understand Greek Orthodoxy as much as one can I suppose without actually becoming one I would recommend this book for someone who would like to form an informed opinion on who they are and what they believe. An overall good introduction to Eastern Orthodox Christianity On the whole, recommended The style is serious and at the same time easy to read, with light touches here and there The author has presented the material in the context of a visit to an imaginary Orthodox parish, using descriptions of the building, clergy, and services as take off points for discussions of main Orthodox beliefs and practices This reviewer would make only minor points for not giving it five stars There are a few errors in citations of Bible verses wrong verse number, for instance , and some very conservative, traditional Orthodox Christians would object to using the title Saint for various individuals in the Catholic West after the separation from the East Nevertheless, the book can be recommended as a general introduction to eastern Christianity. This book is a very good starting point for an inquirer It dispels and debunks a lot of the common misunderstandings that people of other Christian denominations may have encountered when looking at the Orthodox faith from the outside It is a very gentle and non threateningpositive work, easy to read and understand Reading this after attending Divine Liturgy over the years has given me a recognition, richness and understanding of the experience that I did not have previously Highly recommend to non orthodox friends, family, or people who are just curiousor even to those Orthodox who have never received education about the traditions of the church Wonderfully done. 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 This is one of the best crafted books I have read For someone new to Orthodoxy, as am I, this book may be all you need to learn about the liturgy, history, and theology of the Faith The author begins by describing the layout of an Orthodox church building, then leads you through the structure describing the parts of the church and the liturgical activities associated with each part With each discussion, the author narrates the history and theology that is the foundation of that aspect of the liturgy By the time you finish the book, you have a solid understanding of the liturgy, history, and theology of Orthodoxy In addition tho the craftsmanship of the writing, the book is very personal and easy to read When I attended my first Orthodox service, I felt comfortable knowing what was happening, why it was happening, and amazed that this is what happened in the early church services 1900 years ago.