Since I like to read this sort of book with my kids, I sat down with them and we read the first chapter.
The book starts out with a broad overview of the history of the Church in Russia to provide a context for Fr Men’s birth and life. This is good for those, like me, who are mostly ignorant of history. As I’m sure many of you know, the Church in Russia did not have an easy time.
As is clear from the first chapter, the Church became dependent upon the State and then had to cope when the States protection disappeared.
My curiosity was piqued, though, by mention of the aborted Council of Moscow in 1918. The author says it had potential to be Russia’s Vatican II but, instead, became a dead letter. Research is needed!