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An insider's account of the Eastern Orthodox Church, from its beginning in the era of Jesus and the Apostles to the modern age.  

In this short, accessible account of the Eastern Orthodox Church, John McGuckin begins by tackling the question "What is the Church?" His answer is a clear, historically and theologically rooted portrait of what the Church is for Orthodox Christianity and how it differs from Western Christians' expectations.  

McGuckin explores the lived faith of generations, including sketches of some of the most important theological themes and individual personalities of the ancient and modern Church. He interweaves a personal approach throughout, offering to listeners the experience of what it is like to enter an Orthodox church and witness its liturgy. In this astute and insightful audiobook, he grapples with the reasons why many Western historians and societies have overlooked Orthodox Christianity and provides an important introduction to the Orthodox Church and the Eastern Christian World.

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Just the right tone and spirit!

This book is precisely what I hoped it would be, a warm-hearted , clear and concise account of the church’s history, traditions and practice, without being in the least evangelical or parti-pris. I wish other book so religious topics were all as well written and learned as this one. Thank you.

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  • Azzurro Rosso Lx3
  • 18-08-20

Excellent Experience

I highly recommend this audio book. It is quite enjoyable and has a great amount of valuable information to share.

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  • 27-01-21

A good historical overview

This book traverses the long and glorious path of the Eastern Orthodox Church from roots to stem. Covering the history and theological origins of many of the core tenants of this part of the church. It was a welcome introduction to a belief system and history I find myself more aligned with then my western evangelical roots and drawn in part to the monastic tradition and the focus on the walking out of ones belief.