This book journeys into what, for many Western readers, are the unchartered waters of Eastern Orthodoxy. Frederica Mathewes-Green writes as an active lay person and wife of an Orthodox priest. A recent convert from Protestantism, she enthusiastically champions Orthodoxy, underscoring its unique place in the Christian faith.
The author's journalistic style, drawn from her experience as a columnist and radio commentator, emerges through her use of narrative, bringing a sense of immediacy and relevance to her faith. Her church's Sunday morning liturgical service provides the thread which binds these narratives together. She opens the book by bringing the reader to the church to watch her husband prepare for the service. The reverence and care which are taken with respect to each aspect of this preparation and in the service itself reflects awe and gratitude toward God, which is sealed with each kiss upon the vestment, each phrase uttered, each icon venerated.