Revisiting what I posted 10 years ago,
following the idea I found at The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog
(click on this link or the logo to see where the idea started from,
and to post the link to your own post).
On the first Thursday of the month available on my site,
I’m planning to post about the previous month, 10 years before.
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So today, I’ll be revisiting February 2011.
I published 20 posts, 11 of these were reviews.
The two that got most views are these classics:
Click on the covers to see why.
I updated these posts
Of the 11 books reviewed that month, my favorite is this one, presenting Christian Orthodoxy to Westerners. Very well done, solid writing:
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Light from the Christian East:
to the Orthodox Tradition
by James R. PAYTON Jr
InterVarsity Press, 2007
This counts for
My Dewey Decimal Challenge
MY OWN THOUGHTS
This book was recommended to me by my Orthodox godparents.
Being a recent convert from Catholicism, with a large background in Western Christianity, I found this book excellent.
The author belongs to the Protestant tradition, but he is also a Church historian, very well read in both Western and Eastern traditions.
I don’t think I have ever read any book as good as this one presenting Orthodoxy from a Western point of view. It is extremely balanced and sympathetic – actually, all along I wondered how long it would take for the author to make the plunge and become Orthodox, lol, as many other great Church historians, Jaroslav Pelikan being one of the latest ones.
He tackles all the major Christian themes, sums up the Western position, and then highlights what’s common and different from an Orthodox point of view.
His main point is that Western Christians can learn so much from Eastern Christianity and have a broader and deeper understanding of Christianity.
The tone of the book is perfect, in the sense that there is no trace of polemic whatsoever, at least that was my feeling.
My Orthodox godfather, a Philosophy and Religion teacher, has used it to introduce his students to Orthodoxy.
This is not an easy read, this is for study. But if you want to have a view of the whole of Christianity, this is for you.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The Orthodox tradition is arguably the most faithful representation of early Christianity in existence today. Yet despite a quarter billion adherents—including growing numbers of evangelical converts—it remains unfamiliar and mysterious to many. Payton’s sympathetic, evenhanded introduction illuminates Orthodoxy’s fascinating history, theology, and practice. Dispelling common misperceptions, he explores the riches of this ancient faith. [christianbook.com].
Here is the Table of Contents:
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. James R. Payton Jr., B.A., M.A., Ph.D, is a history professor at Redeemer University College. He is the author of the acclaimed book Light from the Christian East: An Introduction to the Orthodox Tradition, and has published a number of different articles that have been published in numerous scholarly magazines, books, and other media. You can find more about his biography, education, and work on wikipedia
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