A memoir of the author s unexpected pilgrimage to the ancient Eastern Orthodox faith outlines its traditions, sacraments, and recent surge in popularity, and explains why it has survived throughout time , ad promo Really enjoyed this book It is not the story I wanted to read, that of conversion to orthodoxy detailed but the stories of church and family are engaging and sometimes moving I will be reading the sequel asap. I found this book very frustrating There seems to be a trend recently for writers of popular books on a subject to spend time writing about the mundane trivialities of their own lives, rather than the ostensible subject of the book They uncritically write about what was most important to THEM, without engaging their critical faculties as to whether it is of interest to anyone who does not know them personally Although such narcissism is common nowadays, this attitude of I am so wonderful that everyone just wants to know EVERY detail of my mundane life is particularly disappointing to meet in a book ostensibly about religion and a faith which teaches that humility is a virtue For example, I am sure her daughter getting a piercing was a major event of her family s life but what is it doing in this book The theological issues involved some Christians believe that the Bible forbids body art are never mentioned Mrs Matthewes Green comes across as a nice person, so if you enjoy memoirs by people to whom nothing in particular happens the slice of ordinary life style , then this is a pleasant read.But as an introduction to the Orthodox faith, it is sadly limited Books of Orthodox theology are often daunting, being addressed to the cradle Orthodox So the perspective of a convert would be very helpful to those of us who were not raised in that faith Unfortunately this convert was too preoccupied with herself to give much of an introduction to the faith that she was intending to extol. Hi An immaculate book.This was a replacement for a lost copy Excellent speedy service Many thanks.