I am excited to start a new occasional feature here on Orthodox Motherhood called: “What’s New in Orthodox Literature.” In this quarterly (or so! I’m making no promises here….) feature I will share with you some of the new books available in the world of Orthodox literature. These may be children’s books, books written for adults, nonfiction books, or books written by Orthodox authors.
As an English teacher, I read A LOT of books so that I can make good recommendations to my students. And, as a writer and Orthodox blogger, I try to keep on top of the books written for and by Orthodox Christians so that I can make recommendations to you. It’s kind of the best part of my job. 🙂 So, I’m really excited to share all of these books with you!
What’s New in Orthodox Literature
Fiction for Children
In the Candle’s Glow by Elizabeth Crispina Johnson
This stunningly beautiful picture book is now one of my children’s favorites. In a simple yet poetic style, Johnson traces the story of a prayer candle from a beehive to a monastery and then to a church. At the church, young Felicia lights the candle and prays, then watching her prayer rise to heaven. In the Candle’s Glow is a perfect addition to your children’s library and would make an excellent gift for a child or godchild!
What can I Do at Divine Liturgy? by Kristina Tartara
This fun, interactive book shows children all that they can do at Divine Liturgy–make the sign of the cross, light a candle, receive the Eucharist, etc. I love that Tartara uses pictures of real children, as most young children are instantly drawn to photographs of other kids! This board book is perfect for preschoolers and young school-aged children
Fiction for Teens and Adults
Icon by Georgia Briggs
I read Icon a week ago, and, honestly, I can’t get it out of my head. That is always the sign of a good book! A dystopian novel for teens (though adults will certainly enjoy it, too), Icon tells the story of a young girl who lives in a futuristic America where tolerance is king and religion is anathema. The storytelling is gripping, the character development gentle but honest, and the incorporation of Orthodoxy seamless. I cannot recommend this book highly enough! Icon would make for a wonderful book club for teens or young adults in your church.
The Song of the Sirin by Nicholas Kotar
The Song of the Sirin is an epic fantasy based on Russian fairy tales. If you love finding a home in a new world, questing with a hero, and battling evil for the sake of the good, then you should check out The Song of the Sirin. While not overtly Orthodox, the book is written by an Orthodox Christian and is based on Russian folklore.
Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy: Finding the Way to Christ in a Complicated Religious Landscape by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick
Have you ever had someone ask you, “How is Orthodoxy different from…?” Or, have you wondered what other Christians of different backgrounds believe? Father Andrew Stephen Damick helps readers understand other beliefs and how they relate to Orthodoxy in a relatable and understandable way. This updated version includes a look at the charismatic movement as well as Mormonism (LDS).
Have you read any of these books? Do you recommend them? Have you read any other Orthodox books lately? Share in the comments!
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