Saturday, September 05, 2009

The Orthodox Way of Life - Initial Reading List

Hello everyone,

Below you will find an initial list of recommended books and online articles to supplement our upcoming course, The Orthodox Way of Life. I’m also attaching a brochure for the class, in case you haven’t received one already. I encourage you to invite others to attend the classes with you.

I especially recommend that you purchase the first two books, The Orthodox Study Bible and The Orthodox Church by Metropolitan Kallistos (Timothy Ware), a good basic introduction to Church history and the Orthodox Faith. Buying these books is recommended, but not necessary. I do plan to use the OSB in class. (At least bring a readable translation of the Bible with you, if you have one. If not, that’s ok.)

If you have any particular questions or areas you want to read about, perhaps I could point you to more specific resources. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Forgive me.

Yours in Christ,


Recommended Reading for the “Introduction to the Orthodox Way of Life – An Introduction” class:

1. The Orthodox Study Bible (OT & NT)

Make sure that you get the OSB with the Old Testament included. In addition to a recent translation of the Old Testament and the New King James Version of the New Testament, the OSB contains commentary, articles, and other helpful resources.

2. Timothy Ware. The Orthodox Church. Second Edition. New York: Penguin Press, 1997. (The author is now known as Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia.)

3. Articles on the “Discover Orthodox Christianity” page of the Antiochian Archdiocese website:

Finding the New Testament Church by Fr. Jon Braun

What Orthodox Christians Believe

Glossary of Orthodox Terminology

Entering God's Kingdom by Fr. Peter Gillquist