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Eastern Orthodox Books on the Rise

Juli Cragg Hilliard

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One after the other, as different religious groups have come to this country and grown in numbers and influence, books for and about them have first trickled, then flowed, into the mainstream of American life. That process has begun for Eastern Orthodox Christians, whose faith is also attracting converts. Perhaps it is the sense of something authentic, spiritually rigorous and mystical that draws the non-Orthodox to both the books and the faith.

Orthodox author Frederica Mathewes-Green commented in the L.A. Times just before last Christmas about two books on the faith and example of a Russian Orthodox priest who was imprisoned under Communism. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press published Father Arseny, 1893--1973: Priest, Prisoner, Spiritual Father (1998) and Father Arseny: Cloud of Witnesses (Sept. 2001) translated by Vera Bouteneff from underground manuscripts compiled by a writer known only as "the servant of God Alexander." Wrote Mathewes-Green, "The character of this kindly, long-suffering priest contrasts with the American expectation of what a successful Christian leader would be like: glib, brisk, upbeat, forceful.... Fr. Arseny differs in another way: he has contact with the supernatural. American Christian spokesmen live in an orderly, corporate sort of world, but Fr. Arseny is frequently shown at the crux of miraculous events."

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