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Forget your old name. Forget your parents." These are the things Euphrosyne’s grandparents and counselor tell her. But if Orthodox Christianity is a lie, why did the icon so dramatically save her life? And what can she do to get the icon back? In a post-Christian America, where going to church, praying, or owning holy things means death, a 12-year-old girl searches for the truth. Finding it may cost her everything.

©2017 Georgia Briggs (P)2021 Georgia Briggs

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A wonderful book!

I was extremely surprised by this wonderful audio book. It is one of those books that grabs you at the first Chapter. I also felt myself riding an emotional rollercoaster that I didn’t expect. In today’s world of a secular outlook in our country I found this story to be very impactful. As an Orthodox Christian it especially hit close to the heart. I would highly suggest this book to not only young Orthodox Christians, but any young Christian especially in the current world climate. It is easy to take for granted what we have, and this story brings to light just how easy it would be to loose. The book is intended for young adults over 13, but as an adult I found plenty in the story to keep me engaged. The young women who narrates the audio book does a wonderful job, and through her the main character truly comes to life. A little over 5 hours the audio book can be listened to either during your morning commute or over a weekend. It will leave you thinking about our world and maybe with a tear in your eye.

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Orthodox Christian Dystopian Book

A provocative book that snagged my attention from the first chapter. I listened to the book twice in 72 hours to be sure I did not miss anything. The book is meant for Orthodox Christian tee s but is perfect for adults as well. Like all dystopian books it will raise questions. It would be an excellent book club book for both teens and adults. Teens should have an adult who can answer some of the questions and topics that arise. I would highly recommend the book.

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Suspenseful and thought provoking

Icon is a thought-provoking book. Euphrosyne is a 12-year old girl in futuristic Alabama who must ultimately choose whether to stand for her Faith in Christ or submit to the new order of secularism. After her parents and sister are killed early in the the book, she lives with her grandparents and tries to comply with living without her faith. However, she has witnessed a miracle involving an Icon of St. Nicholas which keeps her faith alive. As time passes, she encounters others who continue to believe and discreetly practice their Orthodox Faith. (Note: For sake of not spoiling the plot of the book, I am being intentionally cryptic).

This book was suspenseful and sometimes distressing because of the subject matter and the discomfort of thinking about Martyrdom for faith in modern America. There were many beautiful moments where the beauty of her faith and her memories of worship with her family sustain her. There is a breathtaking and beautiful scene near the end of the book where Euphrosyne perceives the Church Triumphant (those that have gone before us) participating in the Liturgy.

I listened to the Audible version of the book. The narrator was very good—- singing and chanting hymns and prayers that were part of the story. She was also very good at voicing each of the characters and kept the pace interesting.

I really enjoyed this book. It was suspenseful and kept a good pace. I would be concerned with allowing adolescents to read the book without parental involvement. There are some themes like torture and martyrdom that may be concerning to a less mature teenager. As an Orthodox Christian, this book resonated deeply with me, but I believe that anyone with Faith in Christ will find this book fascinating and an enjoyable read.

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An unexpected gem

While perhaps not the most experienced author with a writing style that needs a certain amount of polish, from the first few moments of this book my cheeks were stained with tears. An absolute beautiful story. Unlike Winston and Julia in 1984, the faithful Orthodox put their trust in God, no matter how difficult it may be, and the difference in results are as far as the east is from the west. I would highly recommend.

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Absolutely thought provoking

Wonderful story. Reminds me of the richness of our ancestry… of Orthodoxy! Reminds me of the Saints. And, reminds me to live with caution. Once my children are of age, they’ll definitely read this with me.

Beautiful and brought me to tears.

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1984, say what?

I absolutely love this book. It stirred my heart, I cried multiple times. Book-selling rebel, awesome librarian, faith and tradgedy-- what isn't to love. I will be buying many copies of this.

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Beautiful story

Beautiful, soulful and poignant considering the times we live in. I would recommend to anyone that wants a quick listen and a good story.

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Wow not for just teens

This is a tearjerker at the end. I’m an adult male and the story is both riveting and poignant. It may seem a fantasy, but in today’s climate not very far fetched.

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Interesting and uncomfortable

A book that really moves you out of your comfort zone and forces you to consider the unimaginable.