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Becoming Orthodox: A Journey to the Ancient Christian Faith

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  482 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
This is the story of a handful of courageous men and their congregations who risked stable occupations, security and the approval of life-long friends to be obedient to God's call.It is also the story of every believer who is searching for the Church. Where Christ is Lord. Where holiness, human responsibility, and the sovereignty of God are preached. Where fellowship is mo ...more
Paperback, 191 pages
Published September 1st 1992 by Conciliar Press (first published September 1st 1989)
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Lisa Wuertz
Mar 03, 2011 Lisa Wuertz rated it really liked it
I think this book does the best of all I have read of addressing the many issues Protestant converts and their families would face. Gillquist does it in a manner that is very down to earth and easy to read. I think this is also just a great book for Christians to read in general even if they are not remotely considering Orthodoxy. There is a lot to be gleaned from these pages. The book specifically addressed several things that have come up as walls for me, but was very brief and as such unfortu ...more
Aug 09, 2007 Christopher rated it really liked it
BECOMING ORTHODOX is a personal testimonial by Fr Peter Guilquist written to track the conversion of nearly a thousand Evangelical Protestants to Orthodox Christianity in 1987. This mass conversion was one of the biggest events in modern American Orthodoxy, and Fr Guilquist's book paints a vivid picture of the theological wrestling and jurisdictional complications which ended in the reception of the converts in the Antiochian Orthodox Church.

Fr Guilquist and many other leaders of this movement s
Brad and Suzanne
This book is one that keeps to a very simple purpose and executes it well. It’s casual, easy reading that at times can be cheesy, but there lies the book’s genius. It lends itself to a surprisingly greater level of take-away on major theology tenets separating Orthodoxy and Protestantism, whereas other books, for me at least, I find myself bunkered down carefully slaving over every paragraph like it were an Orthodox treatise. Fr. Gillquist discusses these tenets subjectively as it relates to his ...more
Mar 11, 2011 Jerry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
What do you get when a sentimental and provincial Protestant (Gillquist was a Campus Crusade director in the 60s), ignorant of his own tradition, falls in love with the smells and bells of Eastern Orthodoxy? This testimony. Protestants really need to recover the beauty and maturity of the liturgy and our ancient church. Sadly, Eastern Orthodoxy believes it's the only true church and cuts of fellowship (and communion) from other churches. Which of course, like other spots and blemishes, will be l ...more
Tiana Dalichov
May 06, 2015 Tiana Dalichov rated it really liked it
Fantastic book for anyone considering Orthodoxy.
Once, in the 1960s, as a student at the University of Minnesota, I was invited during the summer to be part of Campus Crusade Camp's group of volunteers during which time I briefly met Peter E. Gillquist. If my memory serves me correctly, and this book illustrates-- Peter Gillquist was/is an aspiring leader of the Campus Crusade for Christ group. It was interesting for me to read his book because its content added to my understanding of what happened to some of the Campus Crusade for Christ lead ...more
Jacob Aitken

More than just an apologia for becoming Eastern Orthodox, Peter Gillquist’s book is an important chapter in the history of American Evangelicalism. Gillquist details his theological journey from the early days of Campus Crusade and its structured chaos to the Evangelical Orthodox Church till his “homecoming” in the Antiochian Orthodox Church. If one wants a thorough, rigorous defense of key Orthodox practices, this book will disappoint you. If one wants an engaging (and sometimes moving) account
Dec 12, 2008 Suzy rated it liked it
Shelves: theology
Non-fiction. Peter Gillquist "coming to Orthodoxy" biography, of sorts. Gillquist and a large group of protestants return to the Orthodox faith after years of "searching". It's interesting how they got there....though the book felt a little narcissistic at times. The theology portions were very interesting and helpful for parts of my thesis research.
Jun 11, 2011 David rated it liked it
An interesting account of what eventually became a mass conversion. However, Gilquist, I believe, can at times be a bit simplistic and anachronistic. Perhaps he is carrying over quite a few Evangelical prejudices. History and theological development are a tad more complicated than Gilquist makes them seem.
Marianne Ogden
Nov 11, 2007 Marianne Ogden rated it really liked it
For those who think that the early church is no more, look again. The earliest traditions have continued for two thousand years through the Orthodox church. If you are curious about it, here is the book for you.
Patrick Williams
May 01, 2012 Patrick Williams rated it liked it
This book was good at first but it got a little boring and I could not finish it (this was just me, though, I'm sure). I recommend it as a very BASIC book and introduction of Peter's journey to the Orthdox Church. Their journey part (the first part) is interesting. Basically, Peter and his friends were part of Campus Crusade for Christ and they wanted to mimic the earliest forms of Christianity in the worship and lifestyle in the churches they had started ("planted" in today's parlance! : - ). S ...more
Jun 03, 2015 Hope rated it it was ok
An intriguing look at why many Protestant Evangelicals are joining the Orthodox Church. Not the best book for finding out exactly what the OC teaches, although Gillquist highlights the main points of contention between the two groups.

Church tradition is as important as scripture in the OC and in the case of their beliefs about Mary, it is held above scripture. Both the idea that Mary remained a virgin and the belief that she is interceding for us in heaven are extra-biblical.

Melissa Travis
Dec 20, 2015 Melissa Travis rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful, fascinating, brief introduction for anyone interested in learning about the Orthodox church and/or desiring to understand why an increasing number of evangelical protestants are drawn to the liturgical and sacramental worship practices of the New Testament and early Church. The author was himself a convert to the Orthodox Church after a long journey of prayerful research. The tone is gracious, and there are some helpful citations for further researching the earliest document ...more
Rick Lee James
Feb 27, 2016 Rick Lee James rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book of homecoming. I'm convinced that if I were ever to be called out of Protestantism but I would likely be called to the Orthodox Easter church. This is the story of the people who did make that move in the Blessed Union that occurred because of it. What a wonderful story of faith and following God.
Jan 06, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it
Interesting book about the journey of several thousand Evangelicals to Orthodoxy.
Nov 11, 2014 Christopher rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own
Somewhat myopic narrative of the EOC history and the author's choice to leave behind the EOC for the AOC.

Great primer on Orthodoxy for Protestants and Evangelicals.
Oct 11, 2010 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
A nice narrative covering the process of a nondenominational church trying to model the historical new testament church and in the process converting to Orthodoxy. The author was once a leader of Campus Crusades back in the 60s. While others were breaking away from denominations to start bible churches and house churches, the many hours of research he and his colleagues put in led them back to the liturgical service and early Christian traditions of the first few centuries AD. A casual, interest ...more
Mar 08, 2010 DCC rated it it was ok
The first half was excellent. He and his friends honest searched to find the best expression of what they believed to be biblical community. I applaud their commitment to follow the hunt. But once he agreed to accept orthodox belief in the handed down traditions, he no longer was able to rigorously examine the issues, because he had lost his plumb line, the Scriptures.
May 26, 2011 Brian rated it really liked it
Gillquist gives us an adequately (though not burdensome) detailed chronology of his and his colleague's progression from Protestantism to Orthodoxy, which spanned some fifteen years. I can well relate to many of Gillquist's disenchantments with Protestantism and his inclination toward Orthodoxy, so I found his book especially interesting and readable.
Cory Howell
Apr 24, 2009 Cory Howell rated it liked it
Even though I think his writing isn't that great, the story Gillquist tells is amazing. His journey from Evangelical Christianity to Eastern Orthodoxy is remarkable. The book is a good basic introduction to Orthodoxy for the non-Orthodox, especially inquirers into the Orthodox faith.
Julia Cutler
Oct 04, 2012 Julia Cutler rated it it was amazing
It was a great inspiration and encouragement for my husband and I because we are now Catechumens in the Orthodox Church and we felt we could relate to the struggle and questions that were presented in the book! May Fr. Peter Gillquist Memory be eternal!
Philip Ryan
Oct 13, 2013 Philip Ryan rated it liked it
Peter Gilquist spearheaded the evangelical exodus for Constantinople. This book is a good read but the reasons for joining the Orthodox church are shallow - basically, the ancient church did this, this, and this so should we.
Jun 03, 2012 Dan rated it liked it
I enjoyed the first two parts of this book. The justifications given for various Orthodox practices are simplistic, but the goal was not to serve as an apologetic but as a biography. Overall pretty good.
Aug 27, 2011 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting story of a group of evangelicals heavily involved in Campus Crusade for Christ and while researching how to be the first century church, discovered Orthodoxy and were "welcomed home".
Josh Maddox
Interesting story to say the least, but the breathless writing style was clearly a holdover from the author's previous evangelical Protestantism.
May 19, 2007 Joanna rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone interested in Christ
Finished parts 1, 3 and epilogue. A moving story with historical accounts presented in a way that let me read half a book in just one morning.
Feb 10, 2011 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: orthodox
Good read, I think though it helped knowing one of the clergy members that was included in this large group that joined the Orthodox faith.
Derek Hale
Jan 19, 2010 Derek Hale rated it liked it
The first half of the book (where Gillquist traces their journey from evangelicalism to EO) is interesting. After that...meh.
Sheppard  Hobgood
Jan 09, 2011 Sheppard Hobgood rated it really liked it
This is one of the important books to read for anyone exploring and contemplating Christian Orthodoxy.
Nov 21, 2012 Northern rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Christians who are considering Orthodoxy
Excellent book. If you're considering becoming Orthodox, this should be one of the first books you read.
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