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Reading Recommended by His Grace

During the blessed months of Tobe and Meshir


In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One God, Amen.

The reading recommended for the months of Tobe and Meshir is "Adapting to a New Place Called Home". This book addresses the following questions:

  • New to America?
  • Want to serve newcomers?
  • Curious about the history of Coptic immigration to the U.S.A.?
  • Trying to adapt yourself to your new environment?

Coptic Orthodox Christians have been immigrating to the United States in droves over the last few decades, and their ability to adapt to their new environment has varied greatly.

This book incorporates years of experience observing and guiding Coptic immigrants into a book that details the history of Copts in the U.S.A., and also provides a comprehensive outlook at how Copts can adequately adapt to their new home. The vision of the future of Coptic Orthodox Christianity in the land of immigration and how people can fruitfully serve those around them is shared within this book.

An excerpt from the book reads:

"Migration and expeditions are not uncommon topographies for Christians. The Holy Scripture invites us to learn about the sundry dwellings and relocations of persons called by god to journey to diverse geographic regions----tranquil and hostile alike. In every scenario, God had a special vision to redeem lost souls and to reveal a distinct mission for His servants---His ambassadors on earth."

I would like to encourage everyone to read this recommended book to learn more about the adaptaions experienced by those immigrating to this new culture and to comprehend the challenges faced in order to enhance your service with better understanding.

May we all pray for those adapting to a new place to call it home.

Bishop Youssef
Bishop, Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States