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One Flew over the Onion Dome: American Orthodox Converts, Retreads & Reverts by Joseph David Huneycutt
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Publisher Regina Orthodox Press
ISBN 1928653278 ISBN13 9781928653271
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More About Joseph David Huneycutt
Fr. Joseph David Huneycutt, best selling author of One Flew Over the Onion Dome - American Orthodox Converts, Retreads and Reverts, has led retreats on the Passions, Virtues, and Confession around the country. He is the Associate Pastor of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Houston TX.
Reviews - What do customers think about One Flew over the Onion Dome: American Orthodox Converts, Retreads & Reverts?
Another help along the path to God Apr 15, 2008
I firmly believe that all of us who are converts to Orthodoxy have a story to tell that will help others who are seeking to come closer to God. Fr. Huneycutt is one of the few former Episcopalians who in my opinion plainly states that he left that once great church because it had become apostate. In some ways his decision to convert is similar to the experience of Paul who on the road to Damascus was made blind then whose eyes were opened.
What I believe is the central theme in this book is that it clearly states that the path to Orthodoxy is not an easy one. The journey of the convert leads to people and experiences one does not have a ready frame of reference for based on ones former church life. Huneycutt does his best to give the convert insight on how to deal with the twists, turns as well as the ups and downs of conversion.
If there is a co-star theme, then it is that while the Eastern Church is still very ethnic in parts of America; Orthodoxy in America will one day and perhaps not to long from now will develop its own American cultural identity, thanks to the number of converts who are seeking a more deeper relationship with God.
One Flew Over the Onion Dome should be on every converts or seekers reading list as they look for the day when they will be welcomed home.
Decent Contribution Jan 9, 2008
I find this book aiming at addressing an important topic in the life of the American Church; yet, the writing style was often irritating, and there was a general lack of internal structure and consensus. The information in the many chapters was informative, but the incessant "ain't" usage as well as the jumping from topic to topic detracted from the overall writing. In the end, worth reading for the information. I just wish the writing and structure had been better.
Every convert should be required to read this book! Oct 29, 2007
I really wish I had read this book before I became Orthodox. Converts to the faith in the U.S. have such a challenge in finding a well grounded, sane church where one can learn about the faith without adding to their own baggage. Fr. Joseph concisely maps out the red flags within American Orthodoxy to provide a sound plan of action for those who are faced with the confusing task of finding the true faith. As a seminarian at St. Herman's in Kodiak, Alaska I saw first hand the challenges one must endure in finding the conduit of sound Orthodox doctrine and practice. The concerns Fr. Joseph outlines in his book would serve as a most useful tool to anyone thinking about becoming Orthodox. It would even be a great resource for those who have already converted to the faith by comparing Fr. Joseph's advice with their own journey to Orthodoxy. Finally, this book will serve as a source of direction for those who have been Orthodox all their lives and might not understand the struggle their convert brethren endure to meet the true faith.I highly advise anyone, particularly pastors, to read this book and learn well, in an effort to help those who struggle, the oddities which those who come to the faith are faced.
One Flew over the Onion Dome: American Orthodox Converts, Retreads & Reverts Aug 31, 2007
A really true and complete explanation of what happens to people who convert to Orthodox Christianity. Fr. Huneycutt explains how his own faith journey goes from Baptist to Anglican (Episcopalian) to Orthodox and the problems and rewards he experienced and witnesses about others' experience in going from "mainline Christianity" to an ancient and mystical faith. I'm certain that these experiences are similar in going to AA, NA, (as I myself have done) and other 12 step programs where a change of life, open-mindedness, humility and acceptance of others are required. He also shows how Orthodoxy is not, and never has been, the opposite sides of the same coin that Catholicism and Protestantism share.
One of a Kind Jun 15, 2007
You know the expression, misery loves company. Well, it's not just misery...it is human nature to want to share a common experience. Being a convert to Orthodoxy in the United States in many situations can be a very lonely journey. Without other convert examples around us or sharing the journey it can be like fumbling in the dark. Father Joseph Huneycutt's premier book, One Flew Over the Onion Dome, offers a comprehensive assessment of this frequently overlooked aspect of Orthodoxy...the convert experience. The book is not a book on Orthodox theology. It is not the book to read if a potential convert to Orthodoxy is looking for an in depth instruction on Divine essence and energies (although it is replete with Orthodox definitions, explanations and references). Rather, the book shines a light on the things converts to Orthodoxy should know about themselves and those things cradles should know about converts. And because this book is an honest assessment of "ourselves" the picture isn't always pretty. We have to take the good with the bad. Father Joseph reminds us that the convert brings much good to the Church--our knowledge of the Scriptures, our practice in tithing and our zeal for the faith. But also makes us aware of the pitfalls for the convert--"convertitis", "troglodoxy" and "the 2 year itch", to name a few. Some converts might take offense with what is written. No one is happy to admit a bout of convertitis, no matter how short the duration and minimized the manifestation. It's embarrassing. But it can be a very real part of the conversion process. Besides...we could all do with a little more humility, no? This book seems to be one of a kind. It offers tremendous insight into the experience of conversion to Orthodoxy in the US. Potential converts and converts need to read it so they can recognize their strengths and be aware of common pitfalls. Cradles need to read it to not only to understand the convert and to be able to embrace him, warts and all, but to help him through the difficult times as well. My presbytera, a cradle, said the book was an eye opener and it gave her a greater appreciation for the true struggle of a Western convert to Orthodoxy. This little book goes far in helping to open the eyes of both convert and cradle Orthodox alike as we strive to "commend ourselves to one another and all our whole life unto Christ our God."