Orthodox Fiction

As the weather grows cold, I start gravitating toward warm blankets and good books. This time of year is perfect for snuggling up on a Saturday morning to be transported to another world… and how lovely if that world has echoes of Orthodoxy woven into its tapestry! I don’t mean books that teach you how great Orthodoxy is, but rather, books with a vague scent of incense and an awareness of our…

How the Old Testament Can Put Christ Back in Christmas

One of the really amazing things I discovered about Orthodoxy is that we understand the Old Testament differently than most Christians. I grew up reading the Bible with the understanding that the New Testament was about Jesus, and the Old Testament was a history of God’s people which conveniently offered morals to live by. When I became Orthodox, I very slowly started to realize that we were understanding those stories in a…

All-American Slava

When I married into a Serbian Orthodox family, I gained a Krsna Slava in the bargain, and now I wish everyone had one! You see, many years ago (perhaps a thousand years!), my husband’s ancestors converted to Christianity; that first household or tribe was baptized on the feast day of St. Luke the Evangelist. Rather than assign a patron saint to each member individually, ever since that first baptism, our family has…

How will the Nativity Fast come alive in your home?

The Nativity Fast is almost here! Though we are still reeling from getting back-to-school and welcoming Fall, the calendar won’t wait for us to catch up. Every year when Christmas approaches, it is important for parents to think about how we’ll lead the household this year. Too often, the people around us are swept up in shopping and decorating — not that there’s anything wrong with that, but famously, Christ often gets…

Guest post from Angela Isaacs: WHAT PARENTING TAUGHT ME ABOUT A LIFE OF PRAYER

Today we have a special treat for you: a guest post from Angela Isaacs. You may know her beautiful board books from Ancient Faith Publishing — Goodnight, Jesus and her latest release, I Pray Today (see my recent review here.)  In honor of her new release, she’s on a blog tour, and is stopping in at Raising Saints to talk with us about parenting, and how it forms our life of prayer.…

New Board Book: “I Pray Today”

Angela Isaacs, author of my favorite board book, Goodnight, Jesus!, has written another Orthodox board book!  This one is every bit as wonderful, but with the added bonus that perhaps it will teach us adults as much as it teaches our sweet toddlers. It’s called, I Pray Today. When I heard that Angie had written another board book, I immediately signed up to review it, and I received my copy from Ancient…