• Welcome to the Orthodox Church: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity

    This friendly guide to the Orthodox Church provides a comprehensive introduction to Orthodoxy, but with a twist: readers learn by making a series of visits to a fictitious church, and get to know the faith as new Christians did for most of history, by immersion. Enjoyable, easy-to-read, and leavened with humor, “Welcome to the Orthodox Church” is a gracious guide to the ancient faith of the Christian East.

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  • The Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer that Tunes the Heart to God

    The Jesus Prayer has historically been passed on face to face, from one Christ-loving person to the next, down the generations ever since the desert saints. It is learned in a community of fellow-believers, all of whom are aware of their need and sin, trying daily to resist temptation better and love God more. As you form the habit of saying this prayer in the back of your mind all the time, it soaks into you, like dye into cotton, and colors the way you encounter every person and circumstance you meet.

  • Mary As the Early Christians Knew Her: The Mother of Jesus in Three Ancient Texts

    [Note: this book is “The Lost Gospel of Mary” with a new title and cover.] Mary is the flower of femininity to some, a woman of power to others. She has been seen as a paragon of obedience, as well as an instrument of liberation. Some have piled her status so high that it rivals that of her Son. Others do their best to ignore her entirely. Behind all of these images there is still a girl who grew up to become the mother of Christ.

  • First Fruits of Prayer: A Forty Day Journey Through the Canon of St. Andrew

    “The Great Canon of St. Andrew” is an extended offering of liturgical poetry, written in the 8th century, which tracks through Scripture readings about repentance closely and with a yearning heart. Mathewes-Green has divided this hymn into 40 readings, making it an ideal guide during Lent—or any time you would like to bring your heart before the Scriptures in reflection and humility.

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  • Facing East: A Pilgrim’s Journey into the Mysteries of Orthodoxy

    “Facing East” is a journal of a year in the Orthodox Church, from the perspective of a recent convert. Mathewes-Green is the wife of a priest and mother of three teens, and her story is filled with humor, storytelling, wonder, and gratitude for her spiritual home.

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  • The Open Door: Entering the Sanctuary of Icons and Prayer
    (Pocket Faith Series, 4)

    “The Open Door” introduces readers to the art and prayer of iconography. In addition to an overview of this liturgical aspect of the visual arts, the book examines in greater depth 12 of the world’s favorite icons, providing four color and eight black-and-white plates.

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  • Illumined Heart (Paraclete Pocket Faith)

    “The Illumined Heart” is a nugget of deep wisdom, packing into one small volume an overview of early and Eastern Christian spirituality: fasting, repentance, the Jesus Prayer, love of others, and many other spiritual disciplines.

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  • At the Corner of East and Now

    A contemporary Orthodox Christian today lives “at the corner of east and now.” This volume alternates chapters in which we track through the series of services offered every Sunday morning (including the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom) with chapters looking at how a person can live this ancient spirituality in the context of a thrift shop, a radio station, a campground, and many other places.

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  • Gender: Men, Women, Sex , Feminism

    “Gender” is a collection of essays by Frederica Mathewes-Green on the topic of Gender. Some are serious, some are humorous, and all offer new insights to a topic that always rouses controversy.

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  • Real Choices: Listening to Women, Looking for Alternatives to Abortion

    Frederica Mathewes-Green’s first book, originally published in 1994, is the result of an examination of the reasons women have abortions, and analysis of what pregnant women need in order to choose life instead.