Wonder begins in the senses, comes alive in the imagination, and flourishes in adoration of God. This spiritual practice needs to be revived in our times as an antidote to indifference — that listless, blase, and detached feeling signified by the popular phrase "whatever." Seraphim Sigrist, a bishop of the Orthodox Church, has written a primer on wonder that challenges us to investigate anew the riches of silence, deification, community, icons, sacred places, and the natural world.

Bishop Sigrist describes wonder as "integral knowledge" or amazement. He finds it in the eye of St. Francis who sees each day as the First Day. He locates it in Annie Dillard's mystic connection with Tinker Creek and its plant and animal life. He celebrates it in silence, which St. Isaac of Syria called "the Sacrament of the world to come." And he ponders its depths in the gifts of the Holy Spirit to the church.

Bishop Sigrist wisely discusses "Theosis," holy fools, icons, and the cosmic dimensions of worship under the umbrella of wonder. This spiritual practice challenges us to humbly acknowledge God's grace as the source of all good things. Theology of Wonder encourages us to encounter the sacred in the ten thousand things we experience in our everyday lives.