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At the Corner of East and Now: A Modern Life in Ancient Christian Orthodoxy

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Eastern Orthodoxy is one of North America's fastest-growing faiths, yet relatively few people understand this non-Western form of Christianity. This contemporary tour is conducted by a distinctive religious voice: a commentator for NPR's "All Things Considered".
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 4th 2000 by Tarcher (first published 1999)
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I'm on a roll these days getting books by Frederica Mathewes-Green from the library.

Frederica is an interesting woman. Raised nominally Roman Catholic, she became angry in her teens at the "skip Mass and go to hell" message that was communicated to her, and promptly became an atheist. She wandered in the garden of "design your own religion" until she became a Hindu. Not really because she thought Hinduism was true, but because it was so "other" that it was attractive to her and she was a rebell
Oct 09, 2012 Marie rated it it was amazing
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I love love love Mathewes-Green's writing. She is wise and humble and funny, and most of all real. I would read anything she wrote, even if it was about paperclips or the color orange.
Jul 20, 2007 Christopher rated it it was ok
ON THE CORNER OF EAST AND NOW is a lightweight introduction to Orthodox Christianity and its worldview by Federica Mathewes-Green, wife of an Orthodox priest and noted commentator on contemporary religious issues. The book is geared toward non-Orthodox readers interested in the Orthodox faith who would be intimidated by more substantial introductions such as Bishop Kallistos Ware's classic THE ORTHODOX CHURCH.

The book is built around the Sunday-morning service. Each chapter begins by examining a
Gary Hansen
Jan 28, 2015 Gary Hansen rated it really liked it
I most enjoyed the book's windows into the author's life as a happy convert to Orthodoxy. There are lots of very helpful explanations of things a visitor would find baffling or off putting. An appendix packages 12 such things she wishes she'd known before her first visit to the Divine Liturgy; this can also be found on her blog, and as a brochure in some Orthodox parishes.

The book is less successful when looking at other forms of American Christianity through those same convert's eyes.

There are
Jun 30, 2013 Chrissy rated it really liked it
I would love to have a cup of tea with Mathewes-Green. She's a smart writer, a deep thinker, and she's got a dry wit -- all things that I value. The structure of this book is fantastic. It's essentially essays about Orthodoxy and what it means to live out that faith in a modern world, but she's woven it so that she takes the reader through a Divine Liturgy in the process. I can't decide if I like Facing East or this text better, but they will remain on my shelf as handy references. Mathewes-Gree ...more
Rebekah Leland
Sep 30, 2013 Rebekah Leland rated it it was amazing
Written as a sort of sequel to FACING EAST (though I read this one first and it didn't seem to matter), this book is written in the same tone (as a sort of memoir) and is just as beautiful and compelling.
Coleen--Marie Hanson
Although I'm not a fan of the "folksy" approach to matters of faith, so far I am really enjoying Matthews-Green's blend of the quotidian and the sacred.
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Aug 30, 2010 Muriel Hammond-teusink rated it really liked it
Fascinating blend of description of the Orthodox service of worship and liturgy intertwined with understandable explanations to the non-Orthodox.
Mar 25, 2011 Mimi rated it liked it
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While I don't think this is as strong as "Facing East," it is still a great read and explores a lot of interesting topics.
Vinnie Santini
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For those seeking what the Orthodox Church is about in a readable and personal tone, this is a good place to start.
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Excellent book for both the baptized Orthodox and those interested in finding out more about it. [Nov. 2008]
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