Illumined Heart (Paraclete Pocket Faith)

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Introduces readers to the ancient, transcultural faith that grew and flourished among Christians from the first century onward, suggesting practical ways that readers can practice early Christian spirituality, such as finding a spiritual director and praying the Jesus Prayer..

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When I look back at the process of writing The Illumined Heart, I'm amazed all over again at how God directed it. I wrote the whole thing in a week, the week before Christmas, in fact, which is so typically congested with last-minute errands, unpredicatable weather, aches and sniffles. For Orthodox Christians, it's also a week that we fast from meat and dairy, adding another ball to the juggling act. Yet somehow I started writing the book on Monday morning and completed it Sunday night, just fourteen minutes after the Christmas Eve service began. (I kept wondering where in the week I'd dawdled and lost that fourteen minutes.)

It's no wonder that I look at The Illumined Heart as the one out of all of my books that felt the most God-directed. Mostly, he told me when to shut up. For a cup-runneth-over writer like me, starting a book is like moving into mid-pregnancy and putting on those stretch-front trousers for the first time; they're like a license to eat. And knowing that I have room to write on and on, whatever comes to mind, makes for abundant, wandering prose. Yet The Illumined Heart is quiet, proportional, just-enough; it's like a jewel. It's no wonder that this is a personal favorite among my own books, and the one I must urge people to read. I'm pleased by the amount of good work it's done so far, and hope that it will continue to do much more.

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Frederica Mathewes-Green is a columnist for Beliefnet.com, a contributor to Christianity Today, and a book reviewer for the Los Angeles Times. Her previous books include Facing East: A Pilgrim's Journey Into the Mysteries of Orthodoxy and At the Corner of East and Now: A Modern Life in Ancient Christian Orthodoxy. Frederica lives in Linthicum, Maryland, with her husband, Fr. Gregory.

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