This is not your average self-help website.
This is a place where you can learn how to reinterpret life altogether. It's a place that can teach you how to discover your true identity, to strengthen your relationship with Christ, to make the most out of your relationships with others, and to better understand your place in this world. It's a place where you can learn how to extend the things that are taught in Church to how your live your everyday life—as well as why it's so important to do so.
This website features more than 150 original titles by writer Amelia Bacic-Tulevski. Drawing from Christian Scripture, the Holy Fathers, a graduate education in the social sciences, and over a decade of professional, real-world experience, Amelia brings clarity to contemporary issues and struggles from a unique, interdisciplinary perspective, while staying true to the traditional teachings and values of Eastern Orthodoxy.
Some topics are purely theological, and others are purely secular, but all information and advice is firmly anchored in the truth of the Holy Orthodox Church. The materials here are more of a starting-place than anything else; they are summaries and introductions rather than complicated theological explanations.
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself … And this is love, that we walk after His commandments.
— Luke 10:27; 2 John 1:6 —
Many of the selections on this site are Christian. Amelia's faith-based work discusses popular topics such as relationships, moral and social issues, sickness and suffering in general, as well as specific aspects of psychology and medicine. Topics are approached from the perspective of Eastern Orthodoxy, but there is value in them for Christians and non-Christians from all backgrounds. Other faith-based subjects covered on this site include comparative theology, apologetics, and explanations of various aspects of Orthodox spirituality.
While there is officially only one "kind" of Orthodoxy, the teachings and practices of certain groups have strayed from the time-honored practices of our ancestors. The views expressed throughout this web site, as well as when Amelia speaks to live audiences, are Orthodox in the most traditional sense. They encourage things like regular and frequent church attendance, a strict prayer rule, fasting as prescribed by the Church calendar, a personal and professional life in accordance with all aspects of Canon Law and the teachings of the Holy Fathers, and continual spiritual renewal through sincere repentance and the Mysteries of Confession and Holy Communion. This is, of course, only a general sketch of what it means to be Orthodox; Amelia covers many of the "specifics" in her writings and presentations.
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Amelia's writing also includes a small portion of secular works covering topics such as social psychology, interpersonal communication, the media, politics, and domestic violence from a secular and sometimes scientific vantage-point. Although these texts may not contain explicit references to Christian teachings, they are still written from the moral standpoint of traditional Orthodoxy. Amelia does not believe that one's faith can be separated from the professional, political, or social aspects of one's life.
How to use this site
Just browsing? Looking for something specific? Here's some basic information on how this site is organized, which can help you find what you're looking for. Amelia is an expert on relationships, so everything here is organized according to how you "relate" to one topic or another.
Organization of titles — in a word, "Relationships"
You can view all of the titles on this site in the alphabetical index, or you can browse them by subject matter. They are arranged into categories that reflect relationships:
Humans are social beings. Everything that we do and are is defined by relationships. We relate with our Creator, ourselves, and with everyone and everything around us.
Each of us has a personal relationship with God, whether we realize it or not; that is, whether we are doing anything to nurture it or not. We relate to Him directly through prayer and through our actions, and also through our relationship with the Church, of which the Lord Christ is the head. We also relate with the rest of creation: We relate one way with our friends, another with our enemies. We relate with our families of origin, and we create new families through our relationships with those whom we love and marry. We relate with our neighbors, our co-workers, our classmates, and even the strangers we meet on a daily basis—the people who work at the stores where we shop, those who deliver our mail, and those who pass us as we walk down the sidewalk. We also relate, although in a slightly different way, to the things we see on TV, read in the newspaper, and encounter in the world around us.
Not all relationships are good, but there is usually something we can do to make them better, and, if not, we can learn when to walk away. As for relationships that are already successful, there is always room for them to become more wonderful, more fulfilling, and more holy.
People come here for many reasons—some are looking for answers or explanations, some for advice, some because they have become loyal readers, and some just to see what the author is "up to" these days. Whatever the reason that brings you here at the moment, if you spend enough time looking around, you will find that there are even more reasons to stay.
Thanks for stopping by!