Featured Author of the Antiochian Archdiocese: Dr. Chrissi Hart
Born in Cyprus, Chrissi writes stories for children from her cultural heritage that are inspiring and spiritually satisfying.
She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Hull, British Psychological Society Diploma in Clinical Psychology and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Leicester, UK. She helped troubled children for twenty years and has a part time child psychology practice.
She lives in York, Pennsylvania, with her husband Barry and children, Adam and Sophia. They attend St. John Chrysostom Antiochian Orthodox Church, where Chrissi is a choir member.
To learn more about Chrissi, visit www.chrissihart.com.
You can also listen to Chrissi reading Orthodox and classic children' literature via her Readings from Under the Grapevine podcast at Ancient Faith Radio.
by Chrissi Hart
I never dreamed that Conciliar Press would be interested in another book after accepting Under the Grapevine for publication, but I optimistically set out to write The Hermit, The Icon and The Emperor: The Holy Virgin Comes to Cyprus.
When I traveled to London, England in May 2005, my mother handed me a framed paper icon of the Eleousa of Kykkos and said, “Would you like to take this back with you?” Would I? Of course I would! This planted the seed for my story.
She didn’t know that I was already planning my second picture book about this sacred icon that is housed at the Holy Monastery of Kykkos, one of the most significant spiritual centers in Cyprus. I felt that God was sending me an affirmation to write this story.
When I returned to the US, I plucked the Handbook of Kykkos Monastery from my bookshelf that I had purchased on my pilgrimage in 2000, and began my research on this thousand-year-old legend of The Royal and Holy Stavropegic Monastery of Kykkos. The Byzantine Emperor, Alexios I Komnenos founded the monastery in the eleventh century when Cyprus was part of the East Roman Empire.