The Healing of the Human Heart

The Healing of the Human Heart is a new blog from Fr. Michael Shanbour that will explore our human spiritual life. Drawing on the teachings of the Church Fathers, Fr. Michael will focus on the heart and the nous. Because the heart is the center of our existence, his posts will touch on many topics, from spirituality, to culture, economics, and popular trends. He asks your prayers as he begins this new work.

20 Books Every Orthodox Teen Should Own

I own many of these books and have read and reread them for most of my life. Many of them come recommended by parents of tweens and teens, and even more by teens themselves. This list is twenty books, authors and series long, and it’s barely scratching the surface of challenging, enjoyable and go-straight-to-your heart books that we can visit time and time again.

Intentional, Not Perfect, Parenting

What if the challenges of parenting are not meant to be solved, but are actually what God gives us to raise our children prepared to go out into the world? What if the challenges in parenting are just like germs that children are exposed to when they’re young? Germs make a child sick in the short-term, but they build up a child’s immunity over the long-term, making for healthy children.

When God Made Us To Pray With Love

Earlier this year, I was visiting with family in Arizona and offered to hang out in the Sunday school rooms at an Orthodox church in Northern Scottsdale. I often do this when I travel, so I can meet new Orthodox kids and do one of my favorite things—share books with them.

Soul Winning – An Orthodox Christian Concept

Becoming Orthodox, it took a while to understand the Orthodox approach to evangelism. I heard a lot about “Come and See,” but very little about “Go and Tell.” It also became apparent that when we said evangelism and conversion, we were actually talking about bringing existing Christians into the Orthodox Faith from other Christian traditions. Yet, in researching the historical practice of the Orthodox Church, I saw a rich, vibrant, and aggressive model of consistently successful evangelism of entire countries.