How did a New Age seeker wind up in the Eastern Orthodox Church?
The Pearl of Great Price is the story of a unique Christian conversion story. It is about the spiritual journey of a wayward Catholic New Age Baby Boomer to Jesus Christ and Eastern Orthodox Christianity.
- "If you don't believe in the reality of spiritual warfare,
- if you are convinced that miracles belong to a bygone era,
- if you have always assumed that all paths to the Orthodox Church are basically the same,
then you must read The Pearl of Great Price.
The book is likewise a precious gem—a moving memoir that you are sure to treasure for its grateful testament to the grace of God."
Bobby Maddex, Operations Manager, Ancient Faith Radio Senior Editor, Salvo Magazine"
, February 10, 2013
Mesmerized by the story, enjoyable and easy to read, good for seekers (must read) especially for New Age, and also an eye opener.
My book is about seeking and finding. "I journeyed long and far to discover my Pearl of Great Price." As many youths in my baby boomer generation, I became disillusioned with the Catholic Church. Eventually, due to a severe health crisis which traditional medicine could not effectively treat, I turned to alternative medicine treatment, the teachings of a guru, meditation, Eastern religions, and metaphysics. I became a massage therapist, spiritual healer and teacher. Yet for all my meditation techniques, fasting and praying; true inner peace eluded me. I was told "follow your heart", but the spiritual paths and meditation techniques I used and practiced in the end did not truly quench my inner spiritual thirst.
Through a series of remarkable relationships and deep reflection I realized I had to come to terms with my past and my issues not only the Church, but Christianity in general. Not until I had healed and reconciled both personally and with the Church could I move beyond judging it and myself to be able to touch the heart of my personal struggles to find the "Truth, the Way and the Light" in Jesus Christ and Eastern Orthodox Christianity.
How God could bring me from a total immersion into Eastern Religions and the New Age to the Eastern Orthodox Church amazes me still! I would not have imagined becoming Christian would have been the outcome of my struggles and spiritual journey, but this is the nature of true spiritual warfare. I was fighting a battle for the salvation of my soul on unseen levels and by the grace of God was saved.
About my spiritual journey and Eastern Orthodox Christian conversion story:
A two part podcast from 2009 - Kevin Allen/ Ancient Faith Radio interviews Veronica Hughes
"In her insightful memoir, Veronica Hughes has given us an original view of Orthodoxy: one from the perspective of a practitioner of Eastern and New Age religions. The spiritual contest is powerful, and the goodness of our God evident, on every page."
Frederica Mathewes-Green, Khouria of Holy Cross Orthodox Church, Author of Facing East: A Pilgrim's Journey into the Mysteries of Orthodoxy