Father Philip’s dual vocations as pastor of St. Luke Orthodox Orthodox Christian Church in Abilene, TX and dean of the School of Social Sciences and Religion at McMurry University presented him with the perfect opportunity to write a book about the spiritual discipline and rich liturgical worship of the Orthodox Church, as sustenance for anyone seeking growth in the Christian faith. Over the years, Father Philip had offered a series of well-received talks to groups of university students visiting his parish, and these then provided the impetus and content for The Forgotten Faith. “If this book serves to enrich the lives of readers while encouraging them to explore the Orthodox Faith, I will have achieved my goal,” the author notes in the Introduction.
In an informal rather than scholarly style, Fr. Philip describes his journey from his Texas Baptist roots to Orthodoxy, incorporating references to his personal history as well as to American popular culture. “LeMasters seeks to explain Orthodoxy to twenty-first-century American Christians,” explains Everett Ferguson in the book’s Foreword.