The subtitles of Frederica's At the Corner of East and Now
and Facing East
should make us attend to an important progression: the ''journey into the mysteries of Orthodoxy'' has become ''a modern life in'' it. The journey of an infant mission parish through an Orthodox church year is succeeded by the new story of that parish's settling into liturgical life in its own temple; the sanctification of time described in the earlier story similarly yields to the timelessness of one Divine Liturgy, the description of which becomes the background narrative for the vignettes related in this book. The counterpoint between the description of the Liturgy and the descriptions of life -- a family vacation, a witnessing foray into a women's prison, the serendipity of a shopping trip in a thrift shop, the jarring extremities of a day at a Woodstock-like Christian rock concert -- strikingly convey contrast, signaling merciful judgment, and continuity, signaling sanctification, to lives ever- poised between fallenness and redemption. What we have here is liturgical theology dosed with more than a spoonful of sugar. Delightful, moving. 279 pp.
An Eighth Day View:
Acclaimed author Frederica Mathewes-Green takes us through a typical Divine Liturgy in her little parish of Holy Cross in Baltimore, setting of her well-loved book "Facing East." Interspersed with reflections on the liturgy and the Orthodox faith are accounts of adventures around the country. In all the places she visits and all the people she meets, Frederica finds insights about faith, American life and what it means to be human and she shares these insights with the wit, pathos and folksy friendliness that have made her one of the most beloved spiritual writers in America.Listen to Frederica's podcast, i]Frederica Here and Now /i], at www.ancientfaith.com.Frederica Mathewes-Green is an Eastern Orthodox author and speaker on the subjects of religion and abortion. She holds a BA in English from the University of South Carolina and an MA in Theological Studies from Virginia Theological Seminary. Her husband, Fr. Gregory Mathewes-Green, is an Eastern Orthodox priest. Her writing has been compared to Erma Bombeck and Garrison Keillor.