on 3 February 2014
I already enjoyed reading the original printed version of this book and it is really nice to see how the content has been updated and added to since then.
The author uses a very informative style showing a glimpse of humour as well as a Glimpse of Heaven!. It displays Chris Moorey's love well, of the Greek Orthodox Church and helps visitors and readers to understand all the "goings-on" within in these beautiful churches. Why does the congregation not sing hymns? What is the significance of "name-days"? Why do Orthodox Christians light a candle and leave a donation on entering the church? All this and many more puzzles are answered clearly within the pages.
The book brings to life the Greek Orthodox religion and makes the ethos, customs and doctrines very understandable and desirable.
Anyone with an interest in different cultures or religions will find this a perfect read. It also displays that there is a lot more to genuine Greek life than sun, sea, tzatziki and Raki!!
Highly recommended to readers of all ages and beliefs.
on 25 January 2014
I stumbled across this enchanting book by accident and am so glad I did ! The author writes with such clarity and passion for the subject that one can almost imagine being out in Greece , actually seeing the things and places being described. I knew nothing of the subject before reading but now , thanks to Chris I now have knowledge and insight to a way of life and culture that is very alive and relevant today. If you like quirky facts,answers to the 'Why' questions in Greek Orthodoxy or are just interested in travel and religion, then this book is for you. Highly recommed.
on 31 October 2015
A visit to Greece is incomplete without a look into a local church. Here can be glimpsed a religious history of the nation, its church going back to the time of the apostles. Mooney gives the uninitiated a good basic understanding of church architecture, iconography, and theology. For those whose knowledge is deeper, the book so a good refresher or handbook. The Book can be read in little over an hour. It would be a good companion on an initial visit to an Orthodox church in any country.