by Zachary Wingerd and Brad Hoff
The tragic war in Syria along with the plight of the Christians there remains among the most misunderstood situations in the world today. Syria Crucified seeks to contribute to better understanding in the West by giving a voice to individual Syrian Christians living in exile from their homeland. These men and women have undergone horrific trauma and loss without losing their faith in God or the ability to forgive their persecutors. Their first-person accounts, framed by the authors' narration for historical, cultural, and geopolitical context, are both edifying and inspiring.
About the Authors:
Zachary Wingerd, Ph.D., is a senior lecturer in history at Baylor University, where he teaches, among other courses, the history of the United States in Global Perspective. His first publication, Conversations of Modern World History: 50 Voices from 1400 to the Present, emphasizes the role and perspective of the individual within a broad historical context. He lives with his wife, Lindsey, and five children, Joshua, Jonathan, Juliana, Genevieve, and Joseph, in Waco, Texas, where they attend St. Andrew Orthodox Church.
Brad Hoff served as an active-duty Marine through the early 2000s, watching with alarm the consequences of U.S. action abroad. After leaving the military, he began wandering around the Middle East, eventually adopting Damascus as his second home. After a decade-long teaching career, he turned to independent journalism, last embarking on a reporting trip to Syria at the height of the war. His work has been cited in multiple international publications. He resides in Waco with his wife, Reem, and children Sophia, Emilia, and Justinian. They attend St. Andrew Orthodox Church.
Praise for Syria Crucified
"Syria Crucified is a deeply moving book, which is at the same time an extraordinarily valuable document for understanding an area that was long so vitally important to Christian history. Even if we read all the many works of analytical scholarship about religion and conflict in the contemporary Middle East, they are still no substitute for the firsthand accounts that we find in this really enlightening and often harrowing piece of oral history. Syria Crucified gives us the voices of the ordinary people themselves, in all their courage and hope and sadness. I cannot recommend this book too highly." -Philip Jenkins, Distinguished Professor of History, Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor University
"This important work on the tragedy of the unjust war in Syria is vital for bringing the forgotten war in Syria to light. The accounts the authors have documented will provide historians of the future vital details of the real-life experiences of the Orthodox Christian families and others who suffered at the hands of radical terrorists supported by countries and groups from outside Syria. These examples are representative of the suffering of all the Syrian people in general and the Christians in particular." +JOSEPH, Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of all North America, Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
"The overwhelming love and hospitality of the Syrian people, both Christian and Muslim, are not foreign to me. This book includes so many places and faces that I have known and experienced. Yet their dark and tragic days happened so far away. Until now. Syria Crucified brings us face to face with the suffering, the sacrifice, the martyrdom - yes, even the love and hospitality - of the Cross. By their faithful witness, may God grant us all good strength and Syria’s Resurrection." -Archpriest Joseph Huneycutt, Antiochian Archdiocese Department of Missions and Evangelism
"Syria Crucified introduces mostly unknown and oft-forgotten voices. I could not put it down once I started. The strength and endurance of Syria’s Christian minority is shared through first-hand accounts of the tragic events of the past decade. Hoff and Wingerd have written an invaluable text that ensures their voices will not be silenced." -Fr. Christopher Salamy, Pastor of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Phoenix, Arizona, and author of The Way of the Warrior Saint
"Pre-war Syria offered the Christian community its version of religious freedom and tolerance. The war broke the secure bubble. Yet, how these individual Christians responded to their tragedy should touch the reader’s mind, heart, and conscience. Syria Crucified contributes both to the academic and popular literature, as well as to those who claim a religious faith." -George W. Gawrych, Professor Emeritus of Middle East History, Baylor University
"This is an excellent and unique book on Syrian Christians during the past ten years of war - unique because each chapter provides the testimony of a Syrian while including lots of church history spiced throughout." -Joshua Landis, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies, Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma
"I hope this book will reach many readers and open many eyes as to the suffering that Christians in Syria endure. This untold tragic story is untold no more." -Frederica Mathewes-Green
Authors: Zachary Wingerd and Brad Hoff
Paperback: 256 pages
Author: Kopyttseva, Natalia Mikhailovna
This book is the ideal companion to the previously published Champion of Good: The Life of Father Ilarion (Holy Trinity Publications, Jordanville, 2011). All who have already encountered Father Ilarion through his life will be equally engaged by his words. Those who meet him first through his preaching will want to go on to read his life. Together, they convey a potent message of the possibilities that open to the human soul that turns to God with singleness of mind and humility. The sermons are grouped by subjects. One index lists the sermons in church calendar order and the other index lists the sermons in chronological order for those who wish to see what was preached in an historical context.
Copyright Holy Trinity Monastery
In the style of his beloved podcast, Fr. Barnabas Powell offers reflections for each workday of the year to inspire us to live out our faith in the real world every day. Read these brief, pithy thoughts for a shot of encouragement to live each day as Orthodox on Purpose.
Page Length: 272 pages
Throughout Scripture and patristic writings, Christians are consistently enjoined to give thanks to God in all things. But it can be easy to forget to give thanks on a daily basis, especially in times of trial. This journal contains an inspiring quotation for each day of the year, plus space to record brief thanksgivings for three years in a row. With a consistent practice of giving specific thanks to God each day of the year, you will see your life transformed.
Author: Nicole M. Roccas
Paperback: 376 pages
Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
by Brandi Willis Schreiber
The Orthodox Church's reverence for Mary the Mother of God can be a stumbling block for converts, and a fulfilling relationship with her can prove elusive for converts and lifelong Orthodox Christians alike. In this deeply personal but beautifully universal memoir, Brandi Willis Schreiber relates her own quest to know and love the Virgin Mary and to incorporate her as a vital participant in her spiritual life. Brandi's sparkling, vulnerable account invites the reader to join her in this quest.
About the Author: Brandi Willis Schreiber is a published author of poetry, nonfiction, and award-winning fiction. A longtime native of West Texas, she writes between two horizons, where the visible expanse of the Texas plains and the invisible expanse of the human heart and faith meet. A convert to Orthodoxy, she holds an M.A. in English with an emphasis in creative writing and poetry and a B.A. in English Language and Literature, both from Texas Tech University. This is her first full-length book of creative nonfiction.
Praise for A Long Walk with Mary
"For some of us, love of the Theotokos comes easily; but for some of us (like Brandi Schreiber and myself) it's a slow, uncertain process. This beautifully-written book describes what it's like to begin to trust her, and bring her our most heartfelt needs. We then find that, just as Jesus said, she is now the Mother of us all." -Frederica Mathewes-Green
"Brandi Willis Schreiber's delicate prose invites the reader into the beautiful, everyday interactions and experiences in which, when one listens prayerfully, God and His Saints whisper to us." -Elissa Bjeletich, author of Tending the Garden of Our Hearts
"In this earthy and evocative spiritual memoir, Brandi Willis Schreiber traces the deepening of her relationship with St. Mary, the Theotokos. Through the stories of her relationships - with the nurturing earth, the parents who gave her birth, maternal strangers, and the growing child who is to make the writer herself a mother - Brandi follows a path into the heart of the Mother of God. As she hikes, drives, reads, reflects and prays her way closer in, she brings us along with her, inviting us to make Mary more our Mother, too. This book - enchanting and tender, readable and relatable - will be balm to those beginning their own search for the Theotokos." -Laura S. Jansson, author of Fertile Ground: A Pilgrimage Through Pregnancy
Author: Brandi Willis Schreiber
Paperback: 208 pages
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 inches