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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Conciliar Press Ministries Inc.; Second Edition edition (May 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962271322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962271328
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,174,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Whilst the stories are short, they are rewarding reads.
Pierian
This book is excellent for anyone wanting to know more about Orthodox Christianity.
Jeremy Adkins
Either way, the reader is shortchanged through no fault of the writers.
Labarum

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By David Mario Capparuccini on July 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
I sympathize with you for the hurt caused by any clergy of the church. Alas, even though the Eastern Orthodox church gaurantees true worship, and true doctrine, it does not gaurantee perfect clergy. Anyone reading the review please do not judge the clergy of the Orthodox church as a whole, based on the actions of some in particular. There will always be sin, greed, legalism, and lack of care in this world. Sadly, this will even be seen in the body of Christ. Granted, people/clergy will act like a jerks, over glorify the priesthood, and abuse their leadership roles. A quote from John Chrysostom says "The road to hell will be lined with the skulls of bishops." As we know from the Bible, leaders will be judged more harshly for their actions. Please, do not dare to say that clergy from the Orthodox church will not lead you closer to God. Not only is that speaking rashly, but it is denying the grace that God has given these men for performing their specific roles. I know many clergy that have sacrficed everything in their lives to help others grow closer to God. I am truly sorry to hear how these men have treated another human being, created in the image of God. Let us pray for our clergy, that have "come home". For they are human too, and subject to greed and struggles with sin. Let us pray, not judge, and not dismiss the claims of the one, true apostolic church. The battle is spiritual, and precisely what the devil wants us to do is leave the truth, or have divisions among us. I pray that you and I, everyone, will trust the Lord, seek Him first, and not allow the actions of men to destroy our relationship with Him. God Bless!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 2000
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For those searching to learn more about the Orthodox Faith, I do recommend the book. However, I was expecting it to be more along the lines of why not how. Just know that the book is not about the beliefs and practices of the Orthodox, but about how the writers of the stories came in to contact with the Church and their journeys to join it.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Labarum VINE VOICE on February 22, 2006
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Perhaps the most interesting development in the growing movement towards historic Christianity is the decision of many Protestant clergy to cross not just ecclesial boundaries but also cultural ones by joining Eastern Orthodoxy. Leaving successful ministries for small parish missions, they have rejected well-established Western traditions (i.e., Catholicism, Anglicanism) for (in their view) the most authentic expression of the ancient Church.

Coming Home, edited by prominent convert Peter Gillquist, is a compilation of conversion stories by former Protestant clergy who found in Orthodoxy an answer to their quest for the Church of the Apostles. The authors are sincere, the stories at times moving, the sacrifices great, and one can feel genuinely happy for these pilgrims in their discovery of historic Christianity. However, even though their stories are pleasant reading and it is easy to be sympathetic to their plight in the confusion of modern Protestantism, the reader is repeatedly left with the feeling something has been left out. The stories seem to jump over important issues and stop abruptly.

The biggest problem is there are just too many stories. By having close to twenty conversions covered, Gillquist limits each to roughly ten pages apiece. The development needed to explain their former Christian tradition and why they were led to Orthodoxy as the truest expression of the Christian Faith simply cannot be condensed into such a short amount of space. If they fully develop the issues in their move to Orthodoxy, they shortchange their earlier experience and the conversions all sound the same - losing the individuality fostered by a better understanding of where they had been before.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By K.H. on May 26, 2001
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This book, edited by Peter Gillquist, more or less accomnplishes what it sets out to do. Compiled stories of ex-protestants and their reasons for becoming orthodox. All of the contributers write in a very easy to understand and likeable style. All show great amounts of charity towards their evangelical brothers and sisters and believe God used those expierences to bring them up to orthodoxy.
So why the average rating? Well, it is becuase, these contributers barely touch on doctrinal matters. This not to say their reasons are not legitimate, but 18 different conversions stories all sounding pretty much the same, does get a little tiresome when presented in one book. They speak about the liberal incroachment in protestantism (true), lack of unity (ture), and so forth; however, they do not present much on the differences in apporaches in regards to doctrines, and therefore, much of the book feels incomplete.
Therefore, it is worth reading. But I think a book with less contributers, but more in-depth expierences would have been much better. Still, a very easy read and likable read.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 1998
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This book was essential to my conversion to Orthodoxy. The title of the book says it all, and in the book, there are various stories from different protestant clergy who converted to Orthodoxy from all different backgrounds - Evangelicals, Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Episcopals - name the protestant group, and there are enthusiastic converts to Orthodoxy. The ferver found in many protestant denominations will eventually lead the true seeker to the Eastern Orthodox Church, and even though most people in the US still don't know what the 'Orthodox Church' is, those who study Holy Scripture and the history of Christiandom can come to no other conclusion. Father Peter Gilquest and others whose stories he shares are good food for thought.
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