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Not really a book for the Orthodox
on 13 March 2010
As an introduction and visitors guide this little book is quite a useful addition to the suitcase if you happen to be visiting an Orthodox country - not just Greece and it's islands, but also Russia and some Eastern European destinations.
In it you find brief details of how to conduct yourself in church, what the various parts of the church are and other information about name days and some other festivals and fasts.
But that's it really.
Hopefully it will inspire the reader to find out more from other books.
As a relative newcomer to Orthodoxy in the UK, I have in my library all sorts of books on Orthodox history and theology, but these are really heavy going at times. I was hoping to find in this book something more than very brief descriptions of some services that I could offer to newcomers to our church - but it really is just a visitors guide.
Text is in pretty short supply here with much of the book devoted to pictures - and not very well reproduced ones at that with the layout leaving much to be desired. When the text is talking about murals depicting Christ, it is a shame that the picture gets a double spread and that Christ appears hidden within the spine!
Two books are better recommended to the enquirer into the Orthodox Church - both by Metropolitan Kallistos. "The Orthodox Church" and "The Orthodox Way". Both were written before he became Metropolitan to look for these under the authorship of Timothy Ware.