Introducing Queen Abigail!

Fun announcement about something I’ve been cooking up for 18 months or so. I’ve written a book for young Orthodox readers (probably about the 9-12 age range), and I’m launching it today. Queen Abigail the Wise — ta da! It’s my own little answer to the problem that the Orthodox book offerings seem to peter out at the age when kids are picking up Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. That seemed a shame to…

Lenten reading: The Lenten Spring

It’s a pleasant day here in Las Vegas, where I live. It’s a strange city in which to be an Orthodox Christian, for all the reasons you would expect, but after visiting the Midwest last week, I can’t help but be grateful for some of the blessings I take for granted. I’m a skeptic most of the time about the charms of living in a desert, but somehow in February I can find…

Lenten reading: First Fruits of Prayer

On the countdown to Cheesefare Sunday, I’ve got an indulgent afternoon in mind — some homemade scones, clotted cream, my best plum jam and fragrant Assam tea with the right amount of milk and sugar. Shame on me. But then, I’ve got all of Lent to repent of this scandalous Mardi Gras attitude. And if I don’t use up these goodies, I’ll be looking at them for weeks. This is the way it…