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Becoming Orthodox: A Journey to the Ancient Christian Faith

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  692 ratings  ·  56 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 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 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 thi
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
The most interesting section was the first section describing how so many Campus Crusade for Christ staff reverse engineered Apostolic Christianity by analyzing primary sources with an open mind.

The second section argued many theological points in pretty simplistic terms. It was tough for me because I believe the things Fr. Gilquist was arguing, but didn’t think the arguments were particularly intellectually honest or charitable.

The third section, which details the assumption of the
Aug 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Anecdotally engaging but lacking in academic rigor and real depth. It's the story of Peter and his friends, who wanted to find the new testament church. This admirable journey culminated in joining the Orthodox Church. Much better authors to read instead for the seeker after The Orthodox Way- Frederica Mathewes-Green, Metropolitan Ware, Schmemann.
Leo and Suz
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 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
Sep 26, 2008 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 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.
Tiana Dalichov
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fantastic book for anyone considering Orthodoxy.
Shanda Smith
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Becoming Orthodox chronicles one man's journey from the Protestant church to the Orthodox faith. It is beautifully written and the audible version plays much like a fireside chat with an old friend. Don't let the age of this timeless book fool you, It is just as relevant today as it was decades ago.

Peter Gillquist did a fantastic job detailing the timeline of his spiritual journey to the Orthodox Church. Being neither a deeply theological book nor a broad-stroke reading, this book weaves its wa
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Growing up, and spending most of my young adult life in, American Evangelicalism, Fr. Gillquist’s book was a great read while on my inquiry into Orthodox Christianity. If you’ve ever been around evangelicals that talk about getting back to the “ancient church” or the “church in Acts” but you feel like, more often than not, something just isn’t quite right with the execution, read this book. Like Fr. Gillquist and so many former evangelicals, you may find (to steal a quote from a Roman Catholic p ...more
Chad Lynch
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Disappointing. I’ve wanted to read this for years, but the author seemed rather Cage stage, and made several polemical statements and arguments against Protestants in particular that were simply ludicrous.

I wish she had tried harder to simply focus on what he loved about Orthodoxy, instead of making ridiculous statement, such as when he essentially said Sola Scriptura, in dividing Scripture from Tradition, was “dangerously close” to the unpardonable sin.
Dustan Holland
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
The parts about orthodoxy itself was pretty interesting. The rest was just about how this group of priests joined the orthodox church. I thought it was going to be a more general book about joining the orthodox faith, as I will soon be crismated into the church. Didn't hate it, liked parts of it. It was ok. Which is what Goodreads says 2 stars are for. Feels low though.
Phillip Stoffregen
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Very easy to read, and interesting. However, I felt that Gillquist dealt with a lot of the theological concerns in a superficial way. He writes as an enthusiastic convert, and I wasn't swept away with his enthusiasm.
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I knew little of the orthrodox faith,the book was good but,it dealt more with his journey than the faith itself. the orthrodox faith seems to fill a void the catholic faith cant fill, one day iam going to act on it
Christopher Hall
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent summary of Fr Peter's journey to the Orthodox faith. This was a quick and enjoyable read.
Jared Walker
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An entertaining and inspiring read.
Brandon Jones
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
good book. tells the story out of evangelicalism and into the rooted traditions of the orthodox church.
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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A very interesting an inspiring book.
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Long journey....

The story of these peoples journey to orthodox is incredible! It is definitely a story about the search for truth!
Demetrios Klados
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent representation of orthodoxy and the faith. I very eye opening
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a great book. A group of protestants search out the New Testament Church only to come to the Orthodox Church. 2,000 of them.
Lindsay Walser
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great intro and reintroduction into a beautiful faith
Dana Cheryl
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well-written & Easy to read

An interesting and well- written account of a unique mass conversion to the Orthodox Church. The author was honest, thoughtful, and inspiring.
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good for complete beginners, but there are better books.
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
Patrick Williams
May 01, 2012 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
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
Christian Hamilton
An extraordinary journey into Orthodox Christianity.

Fr. Peter Gillquist describes his journey from Campus Crusades into Traditional Christianity. Over the course of this text, he clearly lays out to the reader his experiences in dealing with what he assumes to be the more "ritualistic" (as most Protestants claim) form of Christianity.

Over the course of it, he falls in love with the faith, joins the Evangelical Orthodox Church, and eventually finds a home with the Orthodox
Sep 29, 2010 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
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