Surprised By Christ – Translating Fr. James Bernstein’s Wonderful Book

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With your help, Fr. James Bernstein’s outstanding book may soon be translated into Portuguese, making it accessible for more than 200 million people living in Brazil and Portugal.

Fr. James is the author of “Surprised By Christ”, a book which tells the powerful story of his journey from Judaism to Christianity. It has already been published in five languages.

On Saturday, March 16, 2019, two Orthodox priests met at a Russian Orthodox church in South America, discussing the possibility of translating this fine book into Brazilian Portuguese.

Fr. Joseph presents Fr. Anatolie with the book, “Surprised by Christ”

Fr. Anatolie Topala is rector of the church of St. Sergius of Radonezh in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and is the dean for the Russian Orthodox churches in Brazil. He is fluent in Russian and Portuguese, and has experience with book publication projects in Brazil.

Fr. Joseph Gleason is an Orthodox priest from America who now lives and serves in Russia. He is the senior editor for the news website, and has had experience with book publication projects in America.

Geraldo Silva, a Portuguese translator working for Russian Faith, will be leading the translation effort.

All three men can be seen in the following photo:

Fr. Anatolie, Fr. Joseph, & Geraldo

Fr. Joseph presented Fr. Anatolie with a Russian language copy of Fr. James’ book. The next step is for the book to be translated, published, and distributed in Brazil.

To complete this translation project, donations are needed. We are trying to raise a total of $4800 to cover all expenses. These funds are needed in order to complete the following tasks:

  1. Translating the book into Brazilian Portuguese.
  2. Properly formatting the text, in preparation for publication.
  3. Printing proof copies.
  4. Final proofreading and editing by a Portuguese native speaker.
  5. Publishing the book in paperback format.
  6. Making the book available in electronic format.
  7. Arranging Portuguese language phone calls and advertisements to promote the book.
  8. Shipping promotional copies of the book to key Orthodox churches, seminaries, and bookstores in Brazil and Portugal.
Russian language copy of “Surprised by Christ”


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Please pray that all the pieces for this translation project will come together, pray that our fundraising efforts will successfully enable Fr. James’ book to be translated and published in Brazilian Portuguese, and pray that many people in Brazil and Portugal will become Christians as a result.

Glory to God!

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