About the Book

The Pearl of Great Price

Click here to view a video of Veronica talking about her book.

Life is truly a remarkable experience and gift. Travel with me through my journey to find The Pearl of Great Price, that treasure of spirituality, which “I sold all to obtain” (Rom 8:32). The first part of my book, My Labyrinth, begins with the description of my family’s search for a better life in America, and the rich spiritual and cultural heritage I was blessed to receive from my ancestors. As my life unfolds, my journey takes me away from that heritage, God and the Catholic Church into the seeming serenity and release from suffering offered by Eastern religions and New Age movements.

In Part Two of my book, The Battle for my Soul, I slowly, and at times painfully, realize that the majority of my spiritual seeking was in reaction to or avoidance of many incomplete issues from my past – most especially relating to the Catholic Church, and even Christianity in general. When I learn to take responsibility for my past and to trust others, I am finally able to approach my relationship with God and the Church in a new and sincere manner.

The third part of my book, My Conversion, gives readers an in- depth window into the process of Christian conversion and the teachings of Ancient Christianity that can be found in the Eastern Orthodox Church. I hope that my story will encourage you in your spiritual searching. As St. Matthew tells us, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

“If you don’t believe in the reality of spiritual warfare, if you are convinced that miracles belong to a bygone era, or if you have always assumed that all paths to the Orthodox Church are basically the same, then you must read The Pearl of Great Price. The book is likewise a precious gem—a moving memoir that you are sure to treasure for its grateful testament to the grace of God.

Bobby Maddex
Operations Manager, Ancient Faith Radio
Senior Editor, Salvo Magazine”

“In her insightful memoir, Polly st John-Hughes has given us an original view of Orthodoxy: one from the perspective of a practitioner of Eastern and New Age religions. The spiritual contest is powerful, and the goodness of our God evident, on every page.”

Frederica Mathewes-Green
Khouria of Holy Cross Orthodox Church
Author of Facing East: A Pilgrim’s Journey into
the Mysteries of Orthodoxy

4 responses to “About the Book

  1. Kevin Allen February 16, 2011 at 4:03 am

    Congratulations! May it touch many hearts.

  2. Nadine Kalinin Ondera March 22, 2011 at 6:01 am

    Well done, Veronica! Your book very quickly absorbed my attention. I commend your formidable courage in laying bare your trials and rejoice with you in having arrived at “the one thing needful” (Luke 10:42)!

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