Dearly beloved,

Members of our parish family are reading Peter Buoteneff's excellent book, How to be a Sinner, which addresses these important issues. We call ourselves sinners in much of our church life. Yet the sinner identity when done right brings peace of mind, a clear conscience, and love for others. Addressing topics like guilt, shame, and self-care, this compassionate guide will help you reflect on your life in surrender to God s mercy. Written by an internationally recognized professor of Orthodox theology, this book will speak to you wherever you find yourself.

I highly recommend this book, which is available at and other sources. There is also a web site,, which has extra information and discussion.