Standing in God's Holy Fire: The Byzantine Tradition
The Orthodox Byzantine tradition is still often undervalued and misunderstood in the Western churches. Standing in God's Holy Fire is a vivid introduction to the leading figures, key themes and values of this living and ancient form of Christian spirituality, which has endured and survived a recent history of systematic persecution.
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Preface by Philip Sheldrake
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