Item description for Our Hearts' True Home: Fourteen Warm, Inspiring Stories of Women Discovering the Ancient Christian Faith by Virginia H. Nieuwsma & V. A. Nieuwsma...
"Our Heart's True Home" presents fourteen warm, inspiring stories of women coming into the Orthodox Christian faith. These women come from a wide variety of backgrounds, yet ther's a common thread: no matter how they struggled, their journeys are infused with the love and mercy of God.
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Studio: Conciliar Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.49" Width: 5.49" Height: 0.45" Weight: 0.56 lbs.
Release Date May 15, 2006
Publisher Conciliar Press
ISBN 1888212020 ISBN13 9781888212020
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A heartwarming book Aug 26, 2007
I really liked this book. I was initially drawn to it because it was suggested for those considering entering into the Orthodox Faith. As a Protestant who lived with a Greek Orthodox family and went on a pilgramige to an Orthodox monastery, now years later these experiences were comming back to me to warm my heart, whilst in a church which initially satisfied, but has failed to do so in the long run.
This is a book of stories from women from different faiths who have found their home in Eastern Orthodoxy... their different backgrounds, their experiences in previous faiths, how they came to be interested in Orthodoxy, what eventually called to them to have them convert. But I found something I could relate to in each and every story, and they all helped to point me towards this Faith.
This book gave me a feeling of being able to relate to so many other women from different experiences, who ended up in the Orthodox Church, as I did. I found something I could relate to in each and every story. So it was very affirming during a time when I was making a very big decision. As a woman entering into Orthodoxy, it is a really good book. (It has been said, as a put down, that Orthodoxy is a man's faith, but I don't agree.) It gives a lot of perspective on why people leave other faiths, and what it is like from an experiental perspective, rather than a theological basis for the change.
I recommend this book to any woman who has an interested in the Ancient Faith of Orthodoxy.
Yes, it is inspiring--and not just for the ladies! Oct 3, 2005
"Our Heart's True Home" is just as warm and inspiring as the title proclaims. Unfortunately, the pinkish cover and the female-oriented subtitle may be a bit off-putting to men. Unfortunately, because the contents are heartfelt accounts the can inspire folk of either gender!
The chapters of "Our Heart's True Home" are honestly told chapters of how over a dozen people left new age practices, Judaism, Catholicism, and various Protestant denominations and found peace and joy in the Holy Orthodox Church.
My wife read this book when we were getting disenchanted with our mainstream Protestant denomination, and found it not only moving but also a reality check of what life is like for the Orthodox. In many ways, this is the great value of this book. Being Orthodox involves a lot more commitment of time, lifestyle, and physical effort than other Christian communions. The curious and the seekers will find the foretaste valuable.
Well, my wife badgered me into reading this opus and I found it relevant and enjoyable as well, so I recommend it for women AND men.
No, this isn't a book of theology or a real apologetic, and readers should not expect that. I'm also taking one star off because this book is not really of much interested for the incurious or even for most 'cradle Orthodox'.
However, at least in America, Orthodoxy is moving from a Church of mainly immigrants, to a church combining third-generation Americans and increasing numbers of converts. This book is for those joining those ranks.
An anthology of inspirational stories Feb 3, 2005
Our Hearts' True Home is an anthology of inspirational stories written by fourteen different women who learned to embrace the Orthodox Christian faith. Each woman's struggle has been uniquely different, yet all share a common experience with God's love and mercy. Black-and-white photographs of the authors intersperse this heartfelt, passionate, and devoted anthology, which awakens compassion and spiritual empathy in the reader.
A Little Cheesey, but Not Bad! Jul 30, 1999
I never really have understood the Filique question and personally I don't really care. Supposedly the Father, the Son & the Spirit are all One so maybe I will care to ask that question after I die and maybe I won't care. They are a bit biting on it, but then it DID separate the Catholics and us during the Great Schism and continues to divide us as other things come into play.
These women tell of their personal journies and in accepting Orthodoxy also take on a culture. Being a former Fundamentalist then Athiest then Orthodox chic, I identify with them. In accepting Orthodoxy, you accept it as the One and Only Faith. We have documents in existence that prove our heritage and customs and since we feel that it is right, we live it.
It's not Hell & Damnation, just personal accounts of women who live the Faith. I wouldn't reccommend it as a "must read" because there are so many more books that I find more stimulating, books that deal with cooking during Lent with the 15 products that we are allowed to eat (an exaggeration, but if you are Orthodox you will understand!) to understanding our history.
Look at the cover of this book-- the little heart and the feminine colours-- you can tell a book by it's cover and it won't apeal to the scholar in most people. It is a "lite read" that I enjoyed while convelescing during an illness and if you have time on your hands and a few dollars, it is not a bad choice.
Not warm at all, but rather chilling Dec 21, 1998
Quick! Where do you stand on the filioque question? (That is, does the Spirit proceed from the Father and the Son, or just the Father?) If you get it wrong, this book brands you a heretic. In fact, the contributors brand a lot of things heretic: Catholicism, the Episcopal church, Protestantism, confirmation separate from baptism, not fasting properly, and so on. According to this book, if you dare to say women are equal to men, you are a "purveyor of immorality." One woman talks about feeling superior to everyone in other churches; another excoriates anyone who uses the term "sacraments" instead of "holy mysteries." It is a pity that a denomination as old and honorable as the Orthodox Church should be represented by this kind of hostile and unloving rhetoric. I seem to remember that the Samaritans (a different sect from the Jews of Galilee) fared a lot better in Christ's estimation than the Pharisees. For myself, I believe I'll go back to "purveying immorality" and leave these ladies to their self-appointed holiness.