We Pray (Ancient Faith; 2017)
Children's poetry book about Orthodox prayer (ages approx 2-8)
Written in expressive verse, We Pray invites children and their parents to explore some of the unique aspects of Orthodox Christian prayer life. Through reflections on topics like icons, the Jesus Prayer, and the liturgy, children are invited to see the beauty in our way of praying and understand better the purpose of Orthodox prayer. Opperwall's poetry and the gorgeous illustrations of Jelena and Marko Grbic bring a joyful and reverent atmosphere.
We Pray is a great choice for families with small children, and parishes seeking to grow their children's library. It's also great for building a Sunday-school or homeschool lesson, or starting a conversation about prayer with your children. Here, you'll find materials to get you started using We Pray as a teaching tool.
A Layman in the Desert: Monastic Wisdom for a Life in the World (SVS; 2015)
Non-fiction: Orthodox life and spirituality (adults)
Orthodox Christians today have no lack of resources on monastic spirituality. And yet startlingly little has been done to critically engage the monastic tradition and adapt its ancient wisdom for the Orthodox faithful living in today’s complex society. A Layman in the Desert aims to bridge this crucial gap.
Working with the Conferences of St John Cassian, Opperwall constructs a kind of relationship handbook that shows us how the desert saints of old can help us build healthy, Christ-centered relationships with our spouses, children, friends, and coworkers.