Fire from Ashes: The Reality of Perpetual Conversion

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Item No. 9781936270972

by Joseph Huneycutt & Steve Robinson

Popular bloggers and podcasters Fr. Joseph Huneycutt and Steve “the Builder” Robinson explore the reality of life in Christ as perpetual conversion—falling and rising, falling and rising again. No matter how cold the ashes of our hearts, with Christ’s help we can fan them back into flame. Illustrated with Steve’s inimitable cartoons.

About the Authors:

Fr Joseph Huneycutt was reared a Southern Baptist in North Carolina. After more than a decade as an Episcopalian, he converted to Orthodoxy in 1993. He received a BS in Communication Arts from Appalachian State University (1982), a Master of Divinity from Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary in Wisconsin (1992), and a Doctor of Ministry in the Eastern Christian Context from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in conjunction with the Antiochian House of Studies in 1999. In addition to developing and leading Orthodox retreats and conferences, Fr. Joseph is the Vice-Chairman of the Antiochian Department of Missions and Evangelism, and serves as Dean of the East Texas Deanery in the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America. He is the Pastor of St Joseph Orthodox Church in Houston, Texas. He is the host of the Orthodixie podcast and co-hosts The 153 podcast on Ancient Faith Radio. Fr Joseph’s work has appeared in Touchstone magazine, Christian Bioethics journal, The WORD magazine, and on the Antiochian Archdiocese’s webpage. He is the author of One Flew Over the Onion Dome – American Orthodox Converts, Retreads, and Reverts (2006), Defeating Sin – Overcoming Our Passions and Changing Forever (2007), We Came, We Saw, We Converted – The Lighter Side of Orthodoxy in America (2009), and Fire From Ashes – The Reality of Perpetual Conversion (coauthored with Steve Robinson, 2014). He is currently compiling, editing, and annotating the works of his Pastoral Theology professor, the late Dr Charles Caldwell, tentatively titled: Dying Dionysius – The Living Faith of a Deathbed Convert.

Steve Robinson lives with his wife Peggy in Mesa, Arizona. They have a “Brady Bunch” of six children and three grandchildren. Steve has been a self-employed construction worker for over thirty years. He has assisted in establishing several mission churches and monasteries in Arizona and California. In his spare time he writes, podcasts, and draws for fun. 

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Authors: Fr. Joseph Huneycutt and Steve Robinson

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Also available as an ebook

Dimensions: 5.5 X 8.5 inches

Page Length: 144 pages

Publisher: Ancient Faith Publishing

ISBN: 9781936270972

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Item No. 9781936270972

by Joseph Huneycutt & Steve Robinson

Popular bloggers and podcasters Fr. Joseph Huneycutt and Steve “the Builder” Robinson explore the reality of life in Christ as perpetual conversion—falling and rising, falling and rising again. No matter how cold the ashes of our hearts, with Christ’s help we can fan them back into flame. Illustrated with Steve’s inimitable cartoons.

About the Authors:

Fr Joseph Huneycutt was reared a Southern Baptist in North Carolina. After more than a decade as an Episcopalian, he converted to Orthodoxy in 1993. He received a BS in Communication Arts from Appalachian State University (1982), a Master of Divinity from Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary in Wisconsin (1992), and a Doctor of Ministry in the Eastern Christian Context from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in conjunction with the Antiochian House of Studies in 1999. In addition to developing and leading Orthodox retreats and conferences, Fr. Joseph is the Vice-Chairman of the Antiochian Department of Missions and Evangelism, and serves as Dean of the East Texas Deanery in the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America. He is the Pastor of St Joseph Orthodox Church in Houston, Texas. He is the host of the Orthodixie podcast and co-hosts The 153 podcast on Ancient Faith Radio. Fr Joseph’s work has appeared in Touchstone magazine, Christian Bioethics journal, The WORD magazine, and on the Antiochian Archdiocese’s webpage. He is the author of One Flew Over the Onion Dome – American Orthodox Converts, Retreads, and Reverts (2006), Defeating Sin – Overcoming Our Passions and Changing Forever (2007), We Came, We Saw, We Converted – The Lighter Side of Orthodoxy in America (2009), and Fire From Ashes – The Reality of Perpetual Conversion (coauthored with Steve Robinson, 2014). He is currently compiling, editing, and annotating the works of his Pastoral Theology professor, the late Dr Charles Caldwell, tentatively titled: Dying Dionysius – The Living Faith of a Deathbed Convert.

Steve Robinson lives with his wife Peggy in Mesa, Arizona. They have a “Brady Bunch” of six children and three grandchildren. Steve has been a self-employed construction worker for over thirty years. He has assisted in establishing several mission churches and monasteries in Arizona and California. In his spare time he writes, podcasts, and draws for fun. 

Limited quantities of Author Signed copies of this book are available. See 9781936270972s

 

Authors: Fr. Joseph Huneycutt and Steve Robinson

Format: Paperback

Also available as an ebook

Dimensions: 5.5 X 8.5 inches

Page Length: 144 pages

Publisher: Ancient Faith Publishing

ISBN: 9781936270972

Retail Price: $12.95

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Warmth in the Midst of Cold

I recently received the long awaited book written jointly by Father Joseph Huneycutt and Steve Robinson. I say long awaited as I had heard several years ago that they were working on a book together.


In one of my brief conversations about the book I was told that it was going to be a serious book about a serious subject and the reality is that it is that but also a book of hope and hopefulness.

Fire from Ashes has a subtitle which well describes the theme of the five reflections and overall theme of the book....The Reality of Perpetual Conversion. In the introduction the autors have set forth the theme of this book. The autors write:

Reality is the first step toward salvation.
It is also the second step, the third, the fourth, and the last.
There is reality we don't want to face.
There is reality we can avoid for a season.
There is reality we are forced to tackle.
Reality is ultimately unavoidable.

After sharing the ashes they begin to let us know that there is fire still there in the midst of these ashes. The authors write "Do not despair, these sentences need not be understood to mean we are stuck with hard times, denial or sinful patterns of life. The reality is that all reality is not bad."

In each of the five reflections we are faced with the reality of our sinfulness but at the same time we read of the reality of our conversion. We are faced with the ashes that are our lives but also we are shown that even in the coldest dead fire there are still embers of hope that can be quickly enflamed through perpetual conversion.

Yes the book is not light reading but it is reading filled with much hope. Steve Robinson throughout the book provided us with many illustrations that bring light and hope to what is being written about especially some of the quotations from the spiritual fathers past and present. We also have hints even in this "dark book" of the humor that we have come to expect from Father Joseph and Steve.

I would highly reccommend that you all pick up a copy and read it once but not just once but each and every time you start to feel the cold ashes of reality overwhelming you and in reading you will be reminded that if we bend low over the ashes and blow into them they will come back as fire to which we may add new wood to keep the fire of hope and joy burning brightly.
Posted by Stuart Loughbough on 17th Aug 2014

Everyone Should Read This Book

Fire from Ashes: The Reality of Perpetual Conversion is a book for everyone; the content carries exceedingly more weight than the mere 144 pages would indicate. Even so, the conversational tone and direct approach casts the content in an approachable and engaging form. Authors Fr. Joseph Honeycutt and Steve Robinson use stories from the lives of people in varying circumstances to bring this book to life. When they tell stories about the saints, such as Moses the Black, you get the sense that they are literally introducing you to that person. Not only that, they somehow manage to convey, with an exceptionally contemporary writing style, the wisdom of the ancient Church and thus permeate the reader with the mind (phronema) of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Read this book and not only be encouraged and challenged on your Christian journey but you will also gain a better understand the pastoral love of Eastern Christianity and the Eastern Church’s view of the world and the person. As a result of this, I would highly recommend this book—even as an introduction to Eastern Orthodox Christianity—to absolutely everyone.



I found myself completely enthralled when I read the first line of the first chapter. Not too many books are able to accomplish this, let alone maintain it throughout the entire work. Fire from Ashes is the exception. The authors’ application of vivid imagery alongside arresting stories banish any banality that could arise from books on the subjects of sin, repentance, and salvation. The breadth of subjects they touch on—spiritual guidance, confession, fasting, and more—is astounding.



Fire from Ashes: The Reality of Perpetual Conversion is all about the struggle to live a Christian life. This book is important because far too many Christians are stuck in the damning pews of nominal Christianity; a kind of Christianity that, masquerading as total reliance on God, completely gives up on any kind of struggle against sin. But the reality is that our life in Christ is dependent on our struggle against the sinful passions.



fire from ashes the reality of perpetual conversion fr joseph honeycutt and steve robinson
Why does it feel like you are stuck in the same sins? How do you get closer to Christ? Are you ready to give up? Before you do, read this book. You will not be sorry. I would like to leave you with the first line of the first chapter. If you want to find out what happens next you will just have to read the book—and you will not be able to put it down.


“I knew Mark was a heroine addict when I hired him” (1).

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I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Posted by Ben Cabe on 22nd Jul 2014