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« on: August 13, 2007, 03:08:08 AM »

I am aware of some people that are beginning to search for the authentic Christian faith and I was wondering what people might think the best Orthodox book for them to read. The best I could think of was The Orthodox Way by Kallistos (Timothy) Ware but I want to hear some other suggestions.
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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2007, 03:27:56 AM »

I am aware of some people that are beginning to search for the authentic Christian faith and I was wondering what people might think the best Orthodox book for them to read. The best I could think of was The Orthodox Way by Kallistos (Timothy) Ware but I want to hear some other suggestions.
One book that my priest recommends for his inquirers' classes:

The Incarnate God (2 volumes), ed. Catherine Aslanoff

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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2007, 09:06:31 AM »

prodromas, I quite liked Becoming Orthodox.
HH Pope Shenouda's Comparative Theology is a very useful book for understanding differences between Christianity and Protestantism as well.
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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2007, 07:07:30 PM »

The Inner Kingdom, Bishop Kallistos Ware
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« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2007, 09:57:42 PM »

My suggestion - a prayer book in their native language. They'll learn more that way, and probably be surprised by what they didn't expect to find. My second suggestion would be 'The Life of Moses' by St. Gregory of Nyssa.
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« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2007, 11:06:25 AM »

I agree with Aristibule! My personal experience was exactly that... 

Also, in addition to the wonderful books others have already recommended, I would mention Frederica Mathewes-Green's "The Illumined Heart," especially if those whom you describe are currently Protestants.
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« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2007, 08:37:41 PM »

A few I found helpful:
The Orthodox Way by Fr. Timothy Ware (Discusses doctrine, practices, worship, etc. of the church)
The Orthodox Church by Fr. Timothy Ware (Mostly about the history and basic doctrine of the church; a little dry in places.)
Becoming Orthodox by Fr. Peter Gillquist (Personal account of conversion to Orthodoxy, especially good if your friend is coming from a Protestant background)
Facing East by Frederica Mathewes-Green (Sort of a personal diary of her experiences throughout the church year; I found this helpful with understanding feasts, fasts, and such.)
Great Lent by Fr. Alexander Schmemann (Great for a better understanding of fasting, the Canon of St. Andrew, and other Lenten traditions)
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