Review: We Came, We Saw, We converted

Updated: Nov 16, 2019

We Came, We Saw, We Converted, by Fr. Joseph Huneycutt (Antiochian, OCA).

The book was published by Ancient Faith Radio, to which the author is a frequent contributor, and, last I checked, was still available for purchase from the AFR website.

This book was ... unusual. Quite honestly, this was one example where you can judge a book by its cover: in this case the cover was a Orthodox-isation of American Gothic, with the husband's pitchfork replaced with a candle, and an onion dome surmounted with a three bar cross slapped on the house in the background. That same strange, vaguely humorous but uncomfortably irreverent tone continued throughout the rest of the book. (It is worth noting that the woman depicted on the cover did not have her head veiled.)

The actual contents consist of a series of anecdotes and imaginary stories taken from the author's podcast on Ancient Faith Radio. There were very much some gems in the book and a number of quotes I will certainly refer back to, but all in all the author seemed to have the modernizing, casual and disrespectful attitude I've often heard from Ancient Faith Radio, and his repeated attacks of "ethnic churches" certainly did not win him any points in my favour : despite having such an anti-"ethnic" attitude, he also repeatedly disparaged "overenthusiastic converts", which I found odd, especially given his parish is mostly Southern White. It almost felt like he was trying to subtly attack traditionalist converts like the ROCOR, without outright saying so, but that is far from certain.

It seemed to get better as it went on, and his emphasis on grace, understanding and generally lightening up are very much things I need to hear, even if he took them quite a bit too far. All in all, it was may have been worth the read, but would not have been worth spending actual money on.

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