In The Illumined Heart, Frederica Mathewes-Green encourages today’s Christians to discover the ancient, timeless faith of the early church, exploring tools such as fasting, alms-giving, and prayer. Now, this study will enable individuals or groups to use The Illumined Heart in a group, Bible study, or retreat, thereby coming to a better understanding of the spiritual practices of the first Christian communities. Designed to be used by both teachers and students alike, this Companion Guide gives readers a key theme for each chapter, insightful quotations from the text, and reflection questions. Scriptures are also supplied which enable students to see the Biblical basis for the truths that The Illumined Heart presents. Learners seek deeper insights into the character and life of the early church, and the revitalization of their own spiritual practices.