At last year's Episcopal Communicators Conference, I received a copy of Walk in Love: Episcopal Beliefs & Practices by Scott Gunn and Melody Wilson Shobe. I just got around to reading it, and I thought it's a great basic exploration of the Episcopal faith.
I think it'd be great for anyone who is new to the Episcopal Church or anyone teaching Episcopal 101 classes (or the like). The authors walk you through all the basics of Anglican faith and its practices. Learn about the sacraments, the liturgical year, the creeds, the structure and governance of the Episcopal Church, and prayers. They stress that many of the topics presented in the book have been simplified or glossed over just because the scope of the book doesn't allow for deeper exploration. They wrote an overview of all the major tenents.
One thing I really liked about the book is that they really engage with both the Book of Common Prayer and the Bible in such a way to both educate people to the contents of them but also giving them an impetus to keep going back to them for guidance and prayer. It both educates you about Episcopal beliefs and gets you right in there with practicing the practices.
There is also a very thorough recommended reading list at the back of the book. The recommendations are divided into subjects (e.g., general books, baptism. daily office). The list of recommended books is about six pages long, people!
For more information or to order the book, click here.
~Sara Bitner, Communications Officer