The First Fruits of Prayer: A Forty-Day Journal through the Canon of St. Andrew (Paperback)

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Join Frederica Mathewes-Green on a guided retreat through an ancient Orthodox text. Regardless of your denominational background, First Fruits of Prayer will bring to life the prayer experience of first millennium Christianity through immersion in this poetic hymn, an extraordinarily beautiful work that is still chanted by Christians around the world each Lent. It weaves together Old and New Testament Scriptures with prayers of hope and repentance and offers ancient ways of seeing Christ that still feel new today.

“Fascinating and sometimes magisterial…. A skilled interpreter of the theology and history of the Orthodox tradition, Mathewes-Green arranges the Great Canon of St. Andrew…into 40 readings accompanied by scriptural references, commentary, theological reflection and questions.” —Publishers Weekly

“Rick Warren gave us 40 days of purpose. Frederica Mathewes-Green gives us 40 days of deep prayer and reflection…. This is destined to become a devotional class for generations to come.”—Dallas Morning News

About the Author

Frederica Mathewes-Green is a widely published author of 10 books and hundreds of essays in such diverse publications as the Washington Post, Christianity Today, Smithsonian, and the Wall Street Journal. She has been a regular commentator for National Public Radio (NPR), a columnist for the Religion News Service,, and Christianity Today, and a podcaster for Ancient Faith Radio. She is in high demand as a speaker. She lives with her husband, the Rev. Gregory Mathewes-Green, in Johnson City, TN. Their three children are grown and married, and they have fourteen grandchildren.

Praise For…

"Frederica Mathewes-Green offers a spiritual roadmap for people seeking enlightenment, one day at a time. These Christian teachings are provocative, comforting, and enlightening, and they are presented with Green's trademark warmth and gentle humor."

                                    --Amy Dickinson, columnist, the Chicago Tibune

Product Details
ISBN: 9781557256119
ISBN-10: 155725611X
Publisher: Paraclete Press
Publication Date: September 1st, 2008
Pages: 195
Language: English