Bishop Kallistos Wares goes into detail of the different core ways of viewing God and the manifestation of existence in the Eastern Orthodox faith, these are: God as Mystery, God as Trinity, God as Creator, God as Man, God as Spirit, God as Prayer and God as Eternity. Going through all of these sections will give you a basic understanding of these core views within the faith, and also give you a pile of sources ancient and recent to move on to, which makes this book a great beginner’s book or a study guide. Unfortunately, for some reason this is the one book of Ware’s which doesn’t have his usual flair which makes him so easy and pleasurable to read. I can’t quite put my finger on why this book is this way, but it makes it a bit of a dry read compared to his other works like ‘The Jesus Prayer’ and ‘The Orthodox Church’. This is the only reason I don’t give this book a five-star rating.

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