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"An Introduction to God" by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick
« on: September 29, 2014, 12:08:26 PM »
Has anyone read Fr. Andrew's latest book, An Introduction to God yet? I'd especially be interested in hearing from the target "demographic" as I am interested in sharing the book with some folks and wonder how it has been received.
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Re: "An Introduction to God" by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2014, 08:47:52 PM »
I haven't read the book yet, but I've always been in the fence with regards to fr. Andrew.  At times, I find him to be very engaging and knowledgeable about the faith.  At other times, I think he is too impressed with himself and appears to crave rock star status.  His infatuation with his "conversion" of the very minor Hollywood celebrity, Jonathan Jackson, who wrote the foreword to this book, underscores that very point as he plastered that all over his website for a good few months.  That's just my Impression.
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Re: "An Introduction to God" by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2014, 01:46:09 AM »
I will read it this week and report back to you my feedback, Anastasios.

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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2014, 10:50:07 AM »
What a pretentious blurb:

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If you’ve only heard about the Protestant or Roman Catholic version of Christianity, what he has to say may surprise you—and make you long to encounter God in Jesus Christ.
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Re: "An Introduction to God" by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2014, 11:07:17 AM »
I follow him on facebook and he always seemed like a good guy to me. I never got the sense that he was trying to elevate himself.  Plus he is an aficionado of aquariums, so he can't be all bad.  :laugh:

I don't see anything particularly pretentious about that statement, it is the typical stuff editors write on the backs of books to sell them.
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Re: "An Introduction to God" by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2014, 12:57:35 PM »
I follow him on facebook and he always seemed like a good guy to me. I never got the sense that he was trying to elevate himself.  Plus he is an aficionado of aquariums, so he can't be all bad.  :laugh:

I don't see anything particularly pretentious about that statement, it is the typical stuff editors write on the backs of books to sell them.


I agree. I have several mutual friends of his and they think very highly of him. I will definitely buy the book.
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Re: "An Introduction to God" by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2014, 01:32:46 PM »
I follow him on facebook and he always seemed like a good guy to me. I never got the sense that he was trying to elevate himself.  Plus he is an aficionado of aquariums, so he can't be all bad.  :laugh:

I don't see anything particularly pretentious about that statement, it is the typical stuff editors write on the backs of books to sell them.

THe correct plural for aquarium is aquaria.  Please make a note of it. :D
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« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2014, 10:11:24 PM »
Father Andrew posts on these very forums...

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« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2014, 10:23:45 PM »
Father Andrew posts on these very forums...

So what?

By the way, the proper plural form of forum is fora.  Please make a note of it. ;D
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« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2014, 10:32:49 PM »
Father Andrew posts on these very forums...

So what?

By the way, the proper plural form of forum is fora.  Please make a note of it. ;D

He might challenge your statements, is all. :)

...was that the proper plural form of "statement"?

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Father Andrew posts on these very forums...

So what?

By the way, the proper plural form of forum is fora.  Please make a note of it. ;D

He might challenge your statements, is all. :)

...was that the proper plural form of "statement"?

He's certainly free to do so, if he wishes.

Statements is the correct plural of statement!  You get a gold star! ;)
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Re: "An Introduction to God" by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick
« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2014, 04:18:31 PM »
I haven't read the book yet, but I've always been in the fence with regards to fr. Andrew.  At times, I find him to be very engaging and knowledgeable about the faith.  At other times, I think he is too impressed with himself and appears to crave rock star status.  His infatuation with his "conversion" of the very minor Hollywood celebrity, Jonathan Jackson, who wrote the foreword to this book, underscores that very point as he plastered that all over his website for a good few months.  That's just my Impression.

For whatever little it may be worth, I'm fond of Jonathan Jackson because his family privately contacted me and arranged for the two of us to meet and connect.  I actually had never seen anything by him nor had even heard of him before that happened.  He impresses me because of his personal faithfulness and love in what is one of the most horrible atmospheres in which to try to be Christian.  I myself worked in theatre for 10 years, so I'm aware somewhat of the nature of that world.

I've never been interested in him because of his celebrity status.  I like his music and his writing.  I've only seen about five minutes or so of his acting.  I like him because he's a genuinely humble and caring person, something which has got to be almost impossible in that world.  I asked him to write the foreword because I think he gets what I was trying to do in the book, and because he helped me to think about how best to write it.

As for your accusations against me, yes, they are all true.  Sorry.
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Re: "An Introduction to God" by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick
« Reply #13 on: October 04, 2014, 04:20:12 PM »
What a pretentious blurb:

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If you’ve only heard about the Protestant or Roman Catholic version of Christianity, what he has to say may surprise you—and make you long to encounter God in Jesus Christ.

Yeah, I didn't write that, nor was I shown it before it was put on the book.  Publishing is a collaborative effort, though, so there are always things that aren't what the author might do if he did it all himself.
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Re: "An Introduction to God" by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick
« Reply #15 on: October 04, 2014, 04:28:20 PM »
Has anyone read Fr. Andrew's latest book, An Introduction to God yet? I'd especially be interested in hearing from the target "demographic" as I am interested in sharing the book with some folks and wonder how it has been received.

This book is currently unavailable from Amazon.
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Re: "An Introduction to God" by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick
« Reply #16 on: October 04, 2014, 04:29:49 PM »
Has anyone read Fr. Andrew's latest book, An Introduction to God yet? I'd especially be interested in hearing from the target "demographic" as I am interested in sharing the book with some folks and wonder how it has been received.

This book is currently unavailable from Amazon.


Not the kindle version...and since people are evidently using those in Church.....why not read this that way too.    :laugh:

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« Reply #17 on: October 04, 2014, 04:30:06 PM »
Has anyone read Fr. Andrew's latest book, An Introduction to God yet? I'd especially be interested in hearing from the target "demographic" as I am interested in sharing the book with some folks and wonder how it has been received.

This book is currently unavailable from Amazon.

Yeah, they can be bizarre about stocking.  They've gone back and forth over the past couple weeks on this.  The publisher and I have no idea why.

That said, it's still there via Kindle.  And of course you can get it directly from the publisher (which is the best way to support the publisher and its authors):  http://store.ancientfaith.com/an-introduction-to-god/
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Re: "An Introduction to God" by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick
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Re: "An Introduction to God" by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick
« Reply #19 on: October 04, 2014, 05:02:34 PM »
Has anyone read Fr. Andrew's latest book, An Introduction to God yet? I'd especially be interested in hearing from the target "demographic" as I am interested in sharing the book with some folks and wonder how it has been received.

This book is currently unavailable from Amazon.

Yeah, they can be bizarre about stocking.  They've gone back and forth over the past couple weeks on this.  The publisher and I have no idea why.

That said, it's still there via Kindle.  And of course you can get it directly from the publisher (which is the best way to support the publisher and its authors):  http://store.ancientfaith.com/an-introduction-to-god/

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« Reply #20 on: October 04, 2014, 05:07:18 PM »
Is it available on Nook?

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« Reply #21 on: October 04, 2014, 05:09:39 PM »
What a pretentious blurb:

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If you’ve only heard about the Protestant or Roman Catholic version of Christianity, what he has to say may surprise you—and make you long to encounter God in Jesus Christ.

Yeah, I didn't write that, nor was I shown it before it was put on the book.  Publishing is a collaborative effort, though, so there are always things that aren't what the author might do if he did it all himself.
Understood.

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Re: "An Introduction to God" by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick
« Reply #22 on: October 05, 2014, 01:18:17 AM »
One of my last "acts" as a priest was to appear in the panel discussion of a conference set up by the Chicago parish of St. John the Forerunner (GOC-Old Calendarist) in Sept. 2012. Our local contact arranged for myself, Mr. Jackson, and one other person to speak about our conversions to Orthodoxy. Mr. Jackson put time in to do a practice run, and the actual talk, and hung around despite a lot of technical difficulties we had setting up the program. The point is, he is willing to help anyone, even us big, bad GOC types, for the sake of Orthodoxy. He really is a nice and pleasant person, and pious.
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« Reply #23 on: October 05, 2014, 01:04:13 PM »
You didn't invite me, Anastasios.  :'(
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« Reply #24 on: October 05, 2014, 04:12:47 PM »
You didn't invite me, Anastasios.  :'(

While you may have proven that you are not a Monophysite, your Synod's tacit support for the principles found in the Henotikon makes St. Maximus mad at you. That's why you were not invited. Sorry bud.  :-*
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« Reply #25 on: October 05, 2014, 08:55:12 PM »
Is it available on Nook?

No yet, but AFP is gradually rolling out the various e-book editions.  The two I know about so far are Amazon Kindle and iBook.
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« Reply #26 on: October 05, 2014, 08:58:10 PM »
You didn't invite me, Anastasios.  :'(

While you may have proven that you are not a Monophysite, your Synod's tacit support for the principles found in the Henotikon makes St. Maximus mad at you. That's why you were not invited. Sorry bud.  :-*

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« Reply #27 on: October 05, 2014, 09:21:29 PM »
You didn't invite me, Anastasios.  :'(

While you may have proven that you are not a Monophysite, your Synod's tacit support for the principles found in the Henotikon makes St. Maximus mad at you. That's why you were not invited. Sorry bud.  :-*

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« Reply #28 on: October 05, 2014, 10:20:21 PM »
You didn't invite me, Anastasios.  :'(

While you may have proven that you are not a Monophysite, your Synod's tacit support for the principles found in the Henotikon makes St. Maximus mad at you. That's why you were not invited. Sorry bud.  :-*

ANd if there's one saint you don't want mad at you, it's definitely St. Maximus!

I think I'd rather not mess with St. Moses the Black or St. Pachomius, but that's just because they were both super strong and, well, assertive.

True and I assume you've read St. Maximus.  If he's as intimidating in person as he is in his writings, I'm definitely more afraid of him.
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« Reply #29 on: October 07, 2014, 11:46:16 AM »
You didn't invite me, Anastasios.  :'(

While you may have proven that you are not a Monophysite, your Synod's tacit support for the principles found in the Henotikon makes St. Maximus mad at you. That's why you were not invited. Sorry bud.  :-*

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« Reply #30 on: October 07, 2014, 11:47:20 AM »
True and I assume you've read St. Maximus.  If he's as intimidating in person as he is in his writings, I'm definitely more afraid of him.

Eh.  Christ is with us, St Maximus will not be against us.  :)
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« Reply #31 on: March 18, 2015, 04:10:39 PM »
I haven't read the book yet, but I've always been in the fence with regards to fr. Andrew.  At times, I find him to be very engaging and knowledgeable about the faith.  At other times, I think he is too impressed with himself and appears to crave rock star status.  His infatuation with his "conversion" of the very minor Hollywood celebrity, Jonathan Jackson, who wrote the foreword to this book, underscores that very point as he plastered that all over his website for a good few months.  That's just my Impression.

I know this is an old thread and I already replied, but I just noticed the wording here:  his "conversion" of the very minor Hollywood celebrity, Jonathan Jackson.

I should note that when I first got put in touch with Jonathan, he was already a catechumen.  He told me that he read my first book as part of his journey to Orthodoxy, but he never said that it was decisive for him.  I can't imagine that it was.  He was already fairly widely-read in theology and Christian history by that point.

So it's not accurate to say that I "converted" Jonathan.  I didn't even know him when he converted.
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Re: "An Introduction to God" by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick
« Reply #32 on: March 20, 2015, 12:43:33 AM »
Has anyone read Fr. Andrew's latest book, An Introduction to God yet? I'd especially be interested in hearing from the target "demographic" as I am interested in sharing the book with some folks and wonder how it has been received.

I am not quite the target audience as I've been inquiring into Orthodox for several years and read books way deeper into Orthodox than this volume. 

I purchased and read this book hoping it would be a good book to suggest to my loved ones who are Protestant and may someday be curious about a straightforward Orthodox explanation of Christianity. 

I read it in a weekend.  "An Introduction" for sure and it wouldn't be difficult for someone without much prior knowledge to understand.  I thought the book made compelling arguments for liturgical worship, tradition and a proper understanding of morality. Fr. Andrew's voice comes through as both warmly inviting and encouragingly challenging on key Orthodox issues.

I'm glad I have it on hand and I'll definitely loan it out/pass it along to the right person at the right time.

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