3 Great Orthodox Christian Books for Middle and Junior High Students

3 Great Orthodox Christian Books for Middle and Junior High Students

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Inspired by the Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, the Orthodox Christian Network features Great Books, Music & Teaching Publications featured in the Orthodox Christian Resource Catalog.  The Catalog is a publication of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Department of Religious Education.   All items featured can be purchased by downloading the Orthodox Christian Resource Catalog or by using use the fillable order form.

Looking to foster the faith of your Middle School and Junior High School Students?  Learn about 3 great Orthodox Christian Books for Middle & Junior High School Students.

“The Department of Religious Education has embarked on a new line of resources for teaching junior high and high school students. Called “zines” (from magazine), each one explores one topic of the Orthodox Christian Faith in easy-to-read bites of information and accompanying images, with many interactive elements, such as questions for reflection or things to look up in the Bible”.

Notably, “they are carefully designed to be used as class- room texts. The Teacher Guide for each zine is a comprehensive classroom unit of 4–6 thematic lessons. Each lesson’s activities and discussions lead students to a deeper understanding and active application of the short texts in the zine. The lessons follow the five- step “shared Christian praxis” format, described in the introduction to each guide: focusing activity, name present praxis, reflect on present praxis, access the Christian story and vision, appropriate the story and vision, and decision for lived response.

A partial list and summary of these excellent publications includes:

1.  Stewardship – Serving in God’s Worldb by Elaine Michaels & Mary Hallick

  • All too often stewardship is equated with money, which is far too limited for a Christian perspective. The five lessons in this unit expand the vision of stewardship from the environment to our role of responsibility to each other and focuses on the broad concepts of stewardship that will contribute to spiritual growth.

2.  Honesty by Elaine Michaels and Mary Hallick

  • Honesty is a broad topic, but knowing the con- sequences of lying, cheating, and distinguishing right from wrong are essential for our youth and their spiritual welfare. The Bible and the teaching of Christ constitute a strong moral compass for such guidance and direction. In the vignette of each lesson Andre’s good friends, Constance and Anna, pose some real-life problems for Andre.

3.  The Christian Way of Life by Freida Upson

  • This book reviews the pathway to happy Chris- tian living through Scripture, Tradition, Doctrine, Church History and Liturgical Life. Chapters include the Church Fathers, the Liturgy and other services, and the first Christian writers. (Age 11+)

How to Order from the Department of Religious Education

To learn more about these excellent publications and how to order, visit religioused.goarch.org; and view new releases and seasonal flyers, browse or download the Orthodox Christian Resource Catalog and fillable order forms.  To order, call (800) 566-1088, fax (617) 850-1489 or email religioused@goarch.org.

All items featured can be purchased by downloading the Orthodox Christian Resource Catalog or by using use the fillable order form.

Published on behalf of Dr. Anton C. Vrame, Phd, Director, Department of Religious Education.

Mission of the Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese

The mission of the Department of Religious Education is to serve the parishes and dioceses of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America by providing materials and services that will advance their programs of religious education.

The Department also serves individuals, organizations, military bases, ecumenical groups, and overseas parishes with catechetical resources that advance the spiritual admonition to:

“Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”

2 Peter 3:18

To learn more about the Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, click here.

About the Department of Religious Education Director – Dr. Anton C Vrame

Anton C. Vrame, Ph.D., is Director of the Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. He was appointed Director of the Department by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, effective January 1, 2007.  Dr. Vrame is Adjunct Associate Professor of Religious Education at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.

He is the author of The Educating Icon: Teaching Wisdom and Holiness in the Orthodox Way (Holy Cross Orthodox Press). In this book, he proposes a theory or theology of education for the Orthodox Christian Church based on the art, theology, and life of the Byzantine icon. He is also the editor of three other books, and the author of journal articles and chapters in books on Orthodox Christian Religious Education, published both in English and Greek.


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