Saturday, May 30, 2009

It's summer reading time!

The School of the 70 2008-2009 term is now over, but the reading goes on!

Yes, it's summer reading program time! Read 3 books, get 10 credits! What a deal!

Everyone is welcome, ages 16 and up. Pick three books from the list below, read them, fill out a worksheet, and you’ll get 10 credits towards next Fall’s School of the Seventy term. Books must be read and worksheet completed by September 1, 2009.

The books to choose from include:
  • Our Father: A Prayer for Christian Living, by Fr. William Mills
  • The Diary of a Russian Priest, by Alexander Elchaninov
  • The Ladder of the Beatitudes, by Jim Forest
  • Royal Monastic: Princess Ileana of Romania, by Bev. Cooke
  • The Kingdom of God: The Sermon on the Mount, by Archbishop Dmitri
For more details on these books, download the flier. The Summer Reading Worksheet can be downloaded at left under "Worksheets and Study Guides."

For more info and to sign up, contact Else Tennessen, else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

The worksheet will be available at the end of June, 2009.

The School of the 70 formally resumes after Labor Day for the 2009-2010 term.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Recommended Readings from the OCA

The "Recommended Readings" web page on the Orthodox Church of America (OCA) web site has a list of books they recommend. These look good for seekers and Orthodox, and for anyone who wants to refresh their knowledge of the faith or investigate Orthodoxy. Check them out here.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Book Review: The Great Divorce, by C.S. Lewis

A School of the Seventy student, Staci, recently read the book, The Great Divorce, by C.S. Lewis. Read her inspiring review!

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The Great Divorce, by C.S. Lewis, is about a man who finds himself on a bus that is going from Hell to Heaven. In the end, it turns out to be a dream (which he does also acknowledge at the beginning of the book), so that the speaker is not really dead. The speaker is told by a spirit at the end that he can tell others about the dream and the choice that people have to go to Heaven or to stay in Hell. Throughout the speaker’s experiences in Heaven (or a sort of pre-Heaven because the ghosts need to make the actual decision to go over the mountains with the spirits) he sees souls who make the decision to return to Hell, and once in a while a person who wants to stay in Heaven. Some of the people he sees are really heartbreaking in their inability to let go of the familiar, even though that familiarity is painful, thus condemning themselves to an eternity in Hell. In the end, the speaker is frightened to die prematurely, which he does not, when he sees the sunrise; he is instead left to write and tell the story of the choice all people have to have a life of goodness and love with God, or a life without that. Read more...

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Speaking of Books Podcast

Ancient Faith Radio has a new podcast called "Speaking of Books." This podcast will review Christian books, primarily by Orthodox authors and/or exploring Orthodoxy. Some of the most recent book reviews include:

• Precious Vessels of the Holy Spirit, by H. Middleton
• The Road to Emmaus, by Jim Forest
• The Gurus, the Young Man, and Elder Paisios, by Dionysios Farasiotis
• How to live a Holy Life, by Metropolitan Gregory

Reading any one of these books can qualify for credit in the School.

Check out the podcast; you might something good to read!

P.S. Listening to this podcast does not qualify for credit. You have to read the book recommended to get credit. Contact me at else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for more information.