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Becoming Orthodox: A Journey to the Ancient Christian Faith Revised Edition
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I remember being really impressed with the journey Father Gillquist and the others had taken to follow what they discovered to be the Truth. At the time I wasn't sure I was ready for something so radical and so I settled in to an Evangelical Church for several years. Several of the question Father Gillquist raised stayed with me and made me question such basic Protestant doctrines as sola scriptura.
Eventually the questions came to be too much. I began researching Orthodoxy and learning all I could. I knew, however, that my wife would never go for Orthodoxy and so I searched for a Protestant alternative. I can speak with some authority when I say that there is nothing in the Protestant world that will satisfy you once you've glimpsed at the Truth. So, today, 13 years later, I find myself ready to enter Orthodoxy as a catecumen.
It was this book that started that journey. If you want to help a Protestant understand the basics of why he or she should be Orthodox, BUY THIS BOOK!
Of course, in the end, God draws us to himself in different ways but I think this book is one powerful way to tell Protestants why they should consider Orthodoxy.
I have read Timothy Ware's book on orthodoxy, and found it to be ok. It was a little dry in places, and to be honest I couldn't finish it. But I couldn't put Gilquist's book down. I gobbled it up. It had me hooked from start to finish, there wasn't a chapter I found uninteresting or unrelated to my own spiritual journey. Perhaps that's because we had similar Evangelical backgrounds.
He discusses the subjects of Mary, The Sign of the Cross (blessing or signing yourself), Tradition, The Church etc., and targets mostly Evangelical/Reformed Christians in doing so. Perhaps Ware wasn't quite so direct or narrow in his target audience. I only wish he had discussed the topic of the Canon of Scripture as this is another huge issue,a dn one that divides Protestants from the historic Churches who accept (and have always accepted from the very beginning)the "Apocrypha".
If you are considering Orthodoxy or want to share your Orthodox faith with others and they are of a Protestant persuasion, then this is the best book for the job.
Fr Guilquist and many other leaders of this movement started their Christian occupations in the 1950s and 1960s as activists for Campus Crusade for Christ. They travelled widely, trying to organise rallies at such universities as the uber-liberal Berkeley and Roman Catholic Notre Dame. Their focus was entirely on bringing young people to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, not on building community, which they saw as denominationalism. Over time, however, they became jaded by their work, because many converts fell away after the initial dedication. They understand the need for a Church which would provide lasting support. Yet, they had no idea what such a church should look like.
In the early 1970s these former CCC leaders came together to begin a study of what the Church looked like in the decades after Pentacost, using only the Bible and early Fathers, so that they might form a community mirroring it entirely. They found that the early Church was liturgical, retaining a Judaic structure of worship after the expulsion from the synagogues, and that it was built around the Eucharist, which was seen as no mere commemoration but as a true mystery of faith. They discovered that the Church had a three-tiered division of authority, with bishops defending the faith, and priests and deacons serving the flocks of faithful.Read more ›
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This book was very helpful in my own journey to Orthodoxy. It gave me insights that helped to open my eyes and my understanding of what Orthodoxy really is.Published 4 months ago by Pauline Beattie
I was seeking to learn more about Orthodoxy and this book was perfect. He writes not only of his own personal story, but answers many significant theological questions along the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by D. Nichols
So far, I am loving this. As a former Baptist who is pursuing the Orthodox faith, the author is very relatable and addresses everything that I currently wonder coming from an... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kelli
Well-written and clear. I read this because I was curious about the social phenomenon of the conversion of so many American Evangelicals to Eastern Orthodoxy. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Chana Siegel
This was a good read for someone interested in Orthodoxy, but got a little bogged down and tedious near the end in polity.Published 14 months ago by Elizabeth A. Whisler
One man's story of an epic journey to the true church. This may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I think a lot of Americans who started out as protestants truly searching for the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Paula Stewart
This is a good biographical jaunt through one group of men's search for their faith. Well worth the read, especially if you want to know more about Orthodox Christianity.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer