Four Great Orthodox Christian Books for High School Students

Four Great Orthodox Christian Books for High School 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.

Four Great Orthodox Christian Books for High School Students 

Looking to foster the faith of your 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 classroom 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. Who is God?  Who Am I?  Who are You? by Dee PennockWho is God? Who Am I? Who are You? by Dee Pennock
    • Based on the teachings of inspired early Christian fathers, this book describes the potential of ev- ery person and how to bring it about in everyday life—by growing up spiritually. This is a creatively illustrated book addressing relationships: to each other, to oneself, to God. The lessons focus on our spiritual and psychological lives as they relate to the teachings of the Church.
  2. The Creed 0 Basic Teachings of the Greek Orthodox Church by Constantine Leftheris, George Nicozisin & Freida UpsonThe Creed – Basic Teachings of the Greek Orthodox Church by Constantine Leftheris, George Nicozisin & Freida Upson
    • This discussion of the Nicene Creed—the foundation of our Faith—begins
      with a review of Christi- anity, the Church and Tradition. It offers a definition and an explanation of the Creed. 208 pages.
  3. Good News Bible
    • This is Today’s English Version translation, and includes Apocryphal and Deuterocanonical books located in a separate section between the Old and the New Testaments. Illustrated with line drawings, it is ideal for religious education classes and prayer groups.

  4. Come, Receive the Light - Bible Study Topics by Theodore StylianopoulosCome, Receive the Light – Bible Study Topics
    by Theodore Stylianopoulos 

    • These 32 studies provide young people with an honest, direct approach to the challenges
      confronting all Christians.  In Volume I, the 16 study topics include the nature of Christ, the Cross, Bible Study, prayer, disciple- ship, and the Church are related to appropriate scriptural passages, all of which are made relevant to our daily lives.  In Volume II, 16 more studies explore practical aspects of the Chris- tian adventure: How to Worship, How to Know God’s Will, Enjoy God’s Gifts and more. The studies lead young people to know how to deal with such difficulties as evil, personal conflicts, non-Christian religions, prejudices, and death.

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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