An unworthy Deacon, named for the brother of God: James, striving to "work out his salvation with fear and trembling" within the Tradition (paradosis) of the Eastern Orthodox Faith. It is a strange and marvelous journey, and I am accompanied by the fourfold fruit of my fecundity. My wife, the Matushka or Diaconissa Sophia, is my beloved partner in the pursuit of Theosis, and she ranks me in every way.
Surprised by Christ When we lived on the east side of the sound, we were blessed to have Fr. James Bernstein as the catechist who led us into the riches of Orthodoxy and then as our spiritual father for several years afterwards. His is a truly unique story, that I look forward to knowing more about via his newly released book. Click the pic above to read more about Fr. James and his book, which as I understand it is far more than just a testimony, but is also an in depth look at the Orthodox Church as the fullness of the faith of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
The heart of the book, as far as Fr. James is concerned, is not so much his Jewish experience, or even his transition from Orthodox Judaism to a generic Evangelicalism, but the transition from that generic Evangelicalism into the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. That is the best and most useful review I can provide. If people come away with a mere impression that some kind of unspecified form of Christianity is somehow "better" than any form of Judaism, that would run afoul of his intention.