Bio

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Short version:

Frederica Mathewes-Green is a wide-ranging author who has published 10 books and 800 essays, in such diverse publications as the Washington Post, Christianity Today, Smithsonian, and the Wall Street Journal. She has been a regular commentator for National Public Radio (NPR), a columnist for the Religion News Service, Beliefnet.com, and Christianity Today, and a podcaster for Ancient Faith Radio. (She was also a consultant for Veggie Tales.) She has published 10 books, and has appeared as a speaker over 600 times, at places like Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Wellesley, Cornell, Calvin, Baylor, and Westmont, and received a Doctor of Letters (honorary) from King University. She has been interviewed over 700 times, on venues like PrimeTime Live, the 700 Club, NPR, PBS, Time, Newsweek, and the New York Times. She lives with her husband, the Rev. Gregory Mathewes-Green, in Johnson City, TN. Their three children are grown and married, and they have fourteen grandchildren.

Longer version:

Frederica Mathewes-Green is a wide-ranging author, whose work has appeared in such diverse publications as the Washington Post, Christianity Today, Smithsonian, the Los Angeles Times, First Things, Books & Culture, Sojourners, Touchstone, and the Wall Street Journal. She has been a regular commentator for National Public Radio (NPR), on Morning Edition and All Things Considered, a commentator on the Hallmark TV network, a columnist for the Religion News Service, Beliefnet.com, and Christianity Today, wrote regular book reviews for the Los Angeles Times, movie reviews for National Review Online and Christianity Today Movies, recorded a podcast for Ancient Faith Radio, and was a consultant for Veggie Tales.

She has published 10 books, including Welcome to the Orthodox Church (Paraclete Press, 2015), The Jesus Prayer (Paraclete, 2009), Facing East: A Pilgrim’s Journey into the Mysteries of Orthodoxy (HarperCollins, 1997) and The Illumined Heart: The Ancient Christian Path of Transformation (Paraclete, 2001). Her essays were selected for Best Christian Writing in 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006, and Best Spiritual Writing in 1998 and 2007. She has published over 700 essays.

She has also appeared as a speaker over 500 times, at places like Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Wellesley, Cornell, Calvin, Baylor, and Westmont; at the Smithsonian Institute, the Aspen Institute, Washington National Cathedral, the Los Angeles Times Book Festival, the American Academy of Religion, the Veritas Forum, the Family Research Council, and the National Right to Life Committee. She received a Doctor of Letters (honorary) from King University.

She has been interviewed over 700 times, on venues including PrimeTime Live, the Diane Rehm Show, the 700 Club, NPR, PBS, CNN, NBC, Fox News, and by Time, Newsweek, the New Republic, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the New York Times.

She lives with her husband, the Rev. Gregory Mathewes-Green, in Johnson City, TN. Their three children are grown and married, and they have fourteen grandchildren.

Works

Books

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Welcome to the Orthodox Church: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity
(Paraclete Press, 2015; 800-451-5006)

The Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer that Tunes the Heart to God
(Paraclete Press, 2009; 800-451-5006)

The Lost Gospel of Mary: The Mother of Jesus in Three Ancient Texts
(Paraclete Press, 2007; 800-451-5006)

First Fruits of Prayer: A Forty-Day Journey through the Canon of St. Andrew
(Paraclete Press, 2005; 800-451-5006)

The Open Door: Entering the Sanctuary of Icons and Prayer
(Paraclete Press, 2003; 800-451-5006)
Gender: Men, Women, Sex, Feminism
(Ancient Faith Publishing, 2002; 800-967-7377)

The Illumined Heart: The Ancient Christian Path of Transformation
(Paraclete Press, 2001; 800‑451‑5006)

A Companion Guide to ‘The Illumined Heart’ (with Robert Gibson)
(Paraclete Press, 2006; 800-451-5006)

At the Corner of East and Now: A Modern Life in Ancient Christian Orthodoxy
(Ancient Faith Publishing, 2009; 800-967-7377)

Facing East: A Pilgrim’s Journey into the Mysteries of Orthodoxy
(HarperOne, 1997; 800-242-7737)

Awards

Doctor of Letters (honorary), King University, 2019
Best American Spiritual Writing, 2007, Houghton Mifflin
Best Christian Writing 2006, Jossey-Bass
Best Regular Column: Culture, the Arts, and Leisure, Catholic Press Association, 2004
Best Christian Writing 2004, Jossey-Bass
Best Christian Writing 2002, HarperSanFrancisco
Books for a Better Life finalist, 2000
Best Christian Writing 2000, HarperSanFrancisco
Best Spiritual Writing 1998, HarperSanFrancisco
Christian Women Role Models (1998), Ecumenical Coalition on Women and Society

Published in

Smithsonian, National Review, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, MSNBC website, Utne Reader, Policy Review, The World & I, Parenting, Books & Culture, The Congressional Record, The Christian Century, Christianity Today, First Things, Crisis, National Catholic Reporter, National Catholic Register, Catholic Digest, Sojourners, re:generation quarterly, others

Media Appearances

TV

PrimeTime Live (ABC), Religion & Ethics Newsweekly (PBS), CNN, C-SPAN, MSNBC, NBC News, ABC News, Fox News, The 700 Club, the Hallmark Channel, others

Radio

National Public Radio, Monitor, Pacifica, Voice of America, Family News in Focus, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Diane Rehm, Come Receive the Light, Ancient Faith Radio, Marlin Maddoux, D. James Kennedy, Armstrong Williams, Janet Parshall, Dick Staub, Jody Bottum, others

Print

New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Time, US News & World Report, Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, Brill’s Content, The New Republic, USA Today, Self, National Journal, National Review, Congressional Quarterly, Christian Science Monitor, Boston Herald, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, others

Speaking engagements

Colleges

Yale, Yale Divinity, Harvard, Princeton, Wellesley, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, Georgetown, Brown, Oxford, William & Mary, Middlebury, Reed, George Washington, Univ Penn, Fordham, Virginia Tech, Columbia, Grinnell, Calvin, Baylor, Westmont, Asbury Seminary, Grove City, Biola, Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities, Veritas Forum events, others

Organizations

Washington National Cathedral, Los Angeles Times Book Festival, Smithsonian Institution, Aspen Institute, Chautauqua Institution, American Academy of Religion, Focus on the Family, Pro-Life Assoc of Gays and Lesbians, Milton Center Writers’ Workshop, Ivy League Coalition for Life, Family Research Council, Cornerstone Festival, Orlando Museum of Art, Rock for Life, Thomas Merton Foundation, National Right to Life Committee, CareNet, Christian Legal Society, Heartbeat, Evangelical Press Association, Inst for Religion and Democracy, Call To Renewal, Acton Institute, others

Other work

Teacher, St. Athanasios Academy of Orthodox Theology
National Public Radio, commentator (“All Things Considered”, “Morning Edition”)
Christianity Today, movie reviews
National Review, movie reviews and consumer reports
Ancient Faith Radio, weekly podcast
Our Sunday Visitor, movie reviews
Today’s Christian, “Everyday Theology” column
Los Angeles Times, book reviews
Christianity Today, columnist
Big Idea, Inc. (“Veggie Tales”), consultant
Odyssey [now Hallmark] Television Network, commentator (“News Odyssey”)
Religion News Service, columnist
The Christian Millennial History Project, contributing author
World magazine, national correspondent, columnist
Feminists for Life of America, vice-president for communications, editor Sisterlife journal


Complete Vita 1 – Awards, Honors, Positions & Book
Complete Vita 2 – Speaking Events
Complete Vita 3 – Essays
Complete Vita 4 – Media Interviews