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Beginning in the street ministry days of the Jesus Movement, Matthew Gallatin devoted more than twenty years to evangelical Christian ministry. But no matter how hard he tried, he was never able to experience the God he longed to know. His was a great dream that could not find fulfillment, a deep question that could not answer itself, an eternal thirst dwelling in a land of shallow wells. Ultimately, Gallatin's thirst was quenched by the deep waters of the historic Orthodox Christian Faith. In Thirsting for God, Gallatin expresses many of the struggles a Protestant will undergo in coming face to face with Orthodoxy, and gives readers a taste of the encounter with the living God that lies in store for them there.
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Matthew Gallatin teaches Philosophy at North Idaho College in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The Gallatins are active members of St. John the Baptist Antiochian Orthodox Church. Matthew is a former singer/songwriter, worship leader, youth leader, and Calvary Chapel pastor.
Matthew Gallatin currently resides in Post Falls, in the state of Idaho.
Reviews - What do customers think about Thirsting For God in a Land of Shallow Wells?
The First Book I Ever Read Three Times Jul 17, 2008
From a Protestant viewpoint...Whoa! This book is about to undergo its fourth read for me. It will ROCK your world. The Truth is sometimes hard to take because acceptance of it necessitates action. Can you handle the Truth, or do you want to stay in your own little box? It may knock you out, but if you love truth, it well set you free! Get out the oven mitts, this one may be too hot to handle. :)
Gentle yet one can Connect May 18, 2008
This is one of the few books on the market written by a Protestant convert to Orthodox Christianity which simply retells the author's own story without actively trying to convert the reader. Perhaps it is due to this book more than any other that I eventually ended up converting myself. Gallatin was a Seventh-day Adventist who went through a series of denominations as many of us who seek the true Church tend to do. Ironically, my journey led the other way and yet we ended up at the same final destination. I went through a series of denominations before becoming a Seventh Day Baptist and eventually converted to Orthodox Christianity. I thought it odd that Gallatin does not say which verse it was that convinced him that he need not keep the Sabbath but rather just said that for the first time he read it as was written. Whilst I was an SDB this did nothing to assist me in understanding what he was talking about at that point. Admittedly though this issue plays a very minor role in the whole story of the book.
This is a great book Apr 11, 2008
This is an excellent introduction to Orthodox Christianity, especially as a comparison to Protestantism, and offers insight into why people are attracted to it (Orthodoxy). Someone said it could stand to have a few more footnotes, which I agree with. Yet, for his intended audience (Protestants), Matthew Gallatin does a great job of telling his own story of journeying toward Orthodoxy, and dispelling common misconceptions.
Great Explanations! Dec 21, 2007
This book is great for any Protestant who wonders why s/he feels something is missing in their spiritual walk. Matthew Galatin shows the shortcoming of the Protestant rationalistic thinking and an alternative scarcly known in the West. This alternative is Orthodox Christianity. The power and beauty of the Church is foreign to most of the West and Matthew wants to show you how you are selling yourself short and to get you to start thinking in a different mindset. This book has been a great blessing to me I hope others will consider buying it as well. God Bless you all!
An honest, personable story. Oct 28, 2007
I found this to be an honest and irenic story of one man's long journey to Orthodoxy. His story gives the reader insight into how difficult it can be to realize you are wrong about some of the most important things in life and how difficult it can be to move into a direction that is very different and even considered wrong in your previous way of thinking. I would recommend this book to anyone who is Protestant and is curious about Eastern Orthodoxy. In the second half of the book the author goes into explanations dealing w/ the most common hot button issues Protestants have w/ Orthodoxy. Some explanations are stronger than others but overall I found them to be good and thought provoking.