Over the next fews weeks I’m going to be posting excerpts from Frederica Matthewes-Green’s book “The Illumined Heart: The Ancient Christian Path of Transformation”. Until then here is the publisher’s blurb:
Why are modern Christians so indistinguishable from everyone else? Why don’t they stand out in virtue and joy? How could the early saints pray constantly, fast valiantly, and love their enemies?
Today’s Christianity has come untethered from its historic roots, says Frederica Mathewes-Green, yet we can recover its power by reviving this ancient, transcultural faith. Drawing on Christian writings throughout the early centuries, Mathewes-Green explores prayer, fasting, and alms-giving as aids to “theosis”, total transformation in Christ.