Frederica Mathewes-Green

Frederica Mathewes-Green has written for National Review, the Washington Post, Smithsonian, the Los Angeles Times, First Things, Books & Culture, Sojourners, Touchstone, and the Wall Street Journal. She has been a regular commentator for National Public Radio, a commentator on the Hallmark TV network, and a columnist for the Religion News Service,, and Christianity Today.

She has written book reviews for the Los Angeles Times and movie reviews for National Review and Christianity Today Movies.

She has published nine books, including The Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer that Tunes the Heart to God, Facing East: A Pilgrim’s Journey into the Mysteries of Orthodoxy, and The Illumined Heart: The Ancient Christian Path of Transformation. Her essays were selected for Best Christian Writing in 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006, and Best Spiritual Writing in 1998 and 2007. She has published over 700 essays.

She lives with her husband, the Rev. Gregory Mathewes-Green, in Baltimore, Md., where he is pastor and she is “Khouria” (“Mother”) of the parish they founded, Holy Cross Orthodox Church. Their three children grew up and got married, and they now have eleven grandchildren.