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Great Lent??
« on: February 09, 2012, 09:10:51 PM »
Has anyone read this? I just ordered a copy in preparation for lent.  It seems to have terrific reviews.
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Re: Great Lent??
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2012, 09:12:43 PM »
Oh, yes. It is considered one of the standard works on the subject.

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Re: Great Lent??
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2012, 09:15:09 PM »
Im excited to read it.  It will be here Saturday.  I tried to find it in a bookstore in my area, but no one had a copy.  I hate ordering things online because I am very impatient! Ha!
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Re: Great Lent??
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2012, 09:17:16 PM »
I think you'll like it.  :) Also, if you can find a copy, you may enjoy "The Lenten Spring" by Fr. Thomas Hopko.

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Re: Great Lent??
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2012, 09:56:22 PM »
It is a seminal work. It is very accessible and it is organized in such a way that you can read it in short snippets rather than having to deal with long chapters.  Highly recommended.  My priest draws from it for his sermons during the Great Lenten season every year.  It helps to put so many things into perspective.

I wrote a more extensive review of it.  I don't know if I still have it, but PM me and if I find it, I'll email it to you.  No promises, though.
Hey, I don't hand out 9.5s to just anyone!  ;D

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Re: Great Lent??
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2012, 10:20:22 PM »
Ill definitely do that.  And that sounds like its my kind of book.  Im not a very avid reader, so I get discouraged when I see 50 page chapters. Ha!
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Re: Great Lent??
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2012, 12:02:24 AM »
A reader at my parish just bought this for me last Sunday.  Right now I'm digging into a few my priest wants me to read, but I intend to have finished it before Lent starts.
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Re: Great Lent??
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2012, 01:49:55 AM »
It is great for understanding liturgy in general within and without Lent. Highly recommended. Wished it was one of the first books I read about Orthodoxy. One of the few that were actually helpful.
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Re: Great Lent??
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2012, 10:50:47 AM »
It actually got to my house last night.  Thanks Amazon Prime!  The free 2 day shipping was more like a day and a half.  I only had time to read the intro, but I can tell im going to like it.  And I definitely like how its divided up into smaller sections!
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Re: Great Lent??
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2012, 07:59:45 PM »
Assuming this is the book written by Fr. Alexander Schmemann, I just started it a week ago. It's quite enjoyable. I'd love to start a discussion group for it now that Great Lent is nearly upon us.

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Re: Great Lent??
« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2012, 06:37:31 AM »
Can you please give us the title and the author?

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Re: Great Lent??
« Reply #11 on: February 18, 2012, 06:44:46 AM »
Assuming this is the book written by Fr. Alexander Schmemann, I just started it a week ago. It's quite enjoyable. I'd love to start a discussion group for it now that Great Lent is nearly upon us.

Wow! I just got it FREE from Amazon on my new Kindle.  :)  Very cool.



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Re: Great Lent??
« Reply #12 on: February 18, 2012, 07:50:26 AM »
Okay. Either I'm tired or...something. I saw the title and what forum it was in and actually thought it was going to be a review of Great Lent. That actual Great Lent, not the book. I'm just tired. I'm sure that's what it is and I'm not crazy at all.