Clark Carlton, philosophy professor and author of the outstanding four-part introductory series on Orthodoxy published by Regina Orthodox Press
Of course, the title of this post is written totally tongue-in-cheek. I realize that no one will convert to the Orthodox faith unless the Holy Spirit first draws him or her.
Still, I am often asked, “What would be a good book to give to my friend /coworker /son /daughter /parent /cousin (etc.) who is asking me about Orthodoxy?” On other occasions, I have been asked, “I have read such and such book; what should I read next?”
Of course, many other priests’, writers,’ and thinkers’ recommendations would be somewhat (or perhaps totally) different from mine. Still, I thought that the reader might be interested in knowing the books that I personally recommend to evangelical inquirers, and the order in which I recommend that they read them. For more information on the books, see the previous two posts.
Step One: Becoming Orthodox, by Fr. Peter Gillquist
Step Two: Thirsting for God, by Matthew Gallatin
Step Three: The Way, by Clark Carlton
Step Four: Common Ground, by Fr. Jordan Bajis
In addition to the above steps, I would urge an inquirer to read through the Orthodox Study Bible (especially the New Testament), carefully reading the study notes and the explanatory articles that are sprinkled throughout the text.
For those who do not much care for reading, I recommend An Eastern Orthodox Response to Evangelical Claims by Fr. Paul O’Callaghan and the series of topical pamphlets published by Conciliar Press, especially the titles that I recommended in my last post
What about Roman Catholics?
For Roman Catholic inquirers, I recommend the following books:
Step One: Orthodoxy and Catholicism: What Are the Differences? by Fr. Ted Pulcini
Step Two: Popes and Patriarchs by Michael Whelton
Step Three: The Truth by Clark Carlton
Step Four: Common Ground
I pray that this list and the previous two will prove helpful to you. May the Lord bless you all.