“Becoming Human” by Fr John Behr

This is a beautiful little book, a collage of words and images that speak to the mind, the imagination, the heart. Clearly this has been a labor of love for the author. Every word, every citation, every picture and icon has been so carefully chosen and arranged. Each page is an artistic composition.

In these simple meditations (or should I call them poems?), Fr John Behr, Dean of St Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary, speaks to us from the depth of his spiritual experience and patristic erudition to introduce us to what it means to become authentically human in the incarnate Son. He weaves together citations from the Scriptures, the Church Fathers and ascetics, and liturgical hymnody into a profound reflection on our life in Christ.

This is a book to be read slowly and contemplatively, a book to be savored, a book to be prayed. Life and death. Birth and rebirth. Sin and salvation. Male and Female. Sinner and Saint. Everything that is human is brought into the enfleshed and risen Christ—all to the end that we might become human in the God who became Human.

Fr John opens his meditations with the famous words of St Irenaeus of Lyons, “The glory of God is a living human being.” He closes his meditations with a simple question, “Are we ready now to live?”

I commend to you Becoming Human by Fr John Behr.

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2 Responses to “Becoming Human” by Fr John Behr

  1. Sarah Lantz says:

    I agree wholeheartedly! I had pre-ordered the book before it was out, and it was not quite what I was expecting when I opened the package, but turned out to be even better. And, the small size and very attractive design and layout make it a wonderful gift idea for any Christian, Orthodox or no. (Or anyone who is interested but relatively unfamiliar with the basic teachings of Christianity.)


    • Fr Aidan Kimel says:

      Yes, it was quite different from what I was expecting, too. It’s a very special book. And I agree with you that it would make a wonderful gift.


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