Join Frederica Mathewes-Green on a guided retreat through an ancient Orthodox text. Regardless of your denominational background, First Fruits of Prayer will bring to life the prayer experience of first millennium Christianity through immersion in this poetic hymn, an extraordinarily beautiful work that is still chanted by Christians around the world each Lent. It weaves together Old and New Testament Scriptures with prayers of hope and repentance and offers ancient ways of seeing Christ that still feel new today.
"Fascinating and sometimes magisterial…. A skilled interpreter of the theology and history of the Orthodox tradition, Mathewes-Green arranges the Great Canon of St. Andrew…into 40 readings accompanied by scriptural references, commentary, theological reflection and questions."
— Publishers Weekly
"Rick Warren gave us 40 days of purpose. Frederica Mathewes-Green gives us 40 days of deep prayer and reflection…. This is destined to become a devotional class for generations to come."
— Dallas Morning News
"In this gentle volume, one of our greatest contemporary spiritual guides introduces one of our greatest ancient spiritual tools."
- Lauren F. Winner, author of Girl Meets God
"Frederica Mathewes-Green offers a spiritual roadmap for people seeking enlightenment, one day at a time. These Christian teachings are provocative, comforting, and enlightening, and they are presented with Green's trademark warmth and gentle humor."
- Amy Dickinson, The Chicago Tribune
"Frederica has the gift of speaking the language of Eastern Orthodox Christianity in an idiom that we Westerners can recognize as within reach. And one feels its healing power for a Christendom where even our faith has been sicked by "feel good" consumerism."
- Krister Stendahl