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An enriching insight into Eastern Christianity
on 18 February 2000
I'm not an Eastern Orthodox Christian, but I nevertheless found this book an extremely interesting and helpful introduction to Orthodoxy. I knew virtually nothing about the subject prior to reading this book, and found the history fascinating.
This book has led me to read other books connected with Orthodoxy including "The Brothers Karamazov" and "Way of a Pilgrim", and to develop a greater interest and respect for the tradition of icons. The Jesus Prayer ("Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me") is a central part of Orthodox spirituality, and I have found this prayer an enriching addition to my spiritual life.
For a Christian, this is an essential read, as the Orthodox tradition is little-understood in the West and has a great deal to offer Western Christians. For non-Christians, this is a well written history of a Church which has had a long and at times very hard history, suffering under the Ottoman empire and then Communism.