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Eastern Orthodoxy – Essential Books [A Reading List]

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This week (July 16) marked the anniversary of the beginning of the Great Schism between Eastern Orthodoxy and the Western Church.

Western Christians often know very little about the history and theology of their sisters and brothers in the Eastern Orthodox churches. On this occasion, we offer this list of our favorite introductory books on Eastern Orthodoxy …

Updated July 2020 with selections by Jeremy Ingpen

Essential Books
on Eastern Orthodoxy – Page 12

The Mystical Roots of the Orthodox Tradition

The Burning Bush

Lev Gillet, A Monk of the Orthodox Church

A perennially fresh and compelling series of meditations on the theme of ‘Limitless Love’, and of ‘God as a Fire of Love’ by Father Lev Gillet, who wrote as ‘a Monk of the Orthodox Church’. The final meditation on ‘The Great Fire’ speaks directly to a world in which refugees are washed up on unknown shores, to be welcomed and cared for, or to be rejected (Templegate Publications, 1976).


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Jeremy Ingpen is a translator of lesser known works of French Orthodox theology, His translation of Olivier Clément’s Transfiguring Time was published by New City Press in 2019. Find him online at:

Jeremy Ingpen

Jeremy Ingpen is a translator and landscape restorer. His blog ‘A World within a World’ can be found at

C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at:

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  1. Some great selections, but you’re missing one of the best! Introducing Eastern Orthodox Theology by Andrew Louth: