Lent isn’t only a time we try to find something nourishing to eat so that we might feed our bodies but we also look to feed our souls with something good to read. Luckily for us a new book has just come out which promises to do just that.
The book is “Challenges of Orthodox Thought and Life: Reflections on Christian Foundations and Living Traditions” by Hieromonk Calinic (Berger). The book is, in fact, a collection of essays which were, as is noted in the preface, “originally published in Solia-The Herald, the diocesan periodical of the Romanian Episcopate of America, where they appeared in the column Orthodox Thought and Life. Here they have been arranged by topic, edited and in some cases, slightly expanded.”
And just who is Fr. Calinic? Well, I know him because he’s my neighbor, parish priest of the local Romanian Orthodox Church here in Hermitage. What I didn’t know however, was that many others – if they don’t know him personally, have at least heard of him. And so I’ve noticed his articles re-printed in a number of our Serbian parish bulletins. What’s more, they have been translated into Serbian and appeared in church periodicals in Serbia as well. Why? I think for the simple reason that his articles are so rich in theology yet, at the same time, written in a simple, straightforward prose, “not in persuasive words of human wisdom” (1 Cor. 2:1). Which is to say this book is filled with essays written for all of our faithful parishioners, all of whom are hungry and thirsty for the Word of God.
Come to think of it Fr. Calinic is no stranger to this blog. Last summer I posted an article of his entitled, “God’s Human Face” (here). Coincidentally, it is just one of the many articles which appear in this new book Challenges of Orthodox Thought and Life. The book has six chapters and they are:
1. The Jesus of History, Who is the Christ of Faith
2. Ever-Virgin, Mother of God
3. Angels, Saints and Strugglers
4. Characteristics of Orthodoxy
5. Following Christ in Today’s World
6. Reflections for the Nativity of Christ
As you can see in the photo above, I have my copy. Get yours here today!