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My personal writing and academic research are driven by the difficult and awe-inspiring questions of life: Why are we here? How can we lead meaningful lives on this side of eternity? What is the meaning of mortality?
I most often approach these inquiries through a historical and theological lens, particularly the practical and ascetical theology of the Eastern Orthodox tradition. I strive to do so in a way that speaks meaningfully and hopefully to the human condition.
Writing about Time
Much of my writing has revolved around the theology of time. Here are my three most well-known projects.
In praise of Time and Despondency
In Time and Despondency, Dr. Roccas applies the writings of Evagrius Ponticus to our always-on, distraction-laden world. You might be tempted to think you don’t struggle with despondency. But it turns out it’s the blight that plagues us all. This might be the most relevant, practical book you read this year.
New York Times Bestselling Author
Host of “At the Intersection of East and West” Podcast
What Dr Nicole Roccas has done in this book is remarkable. I highly recommend this book to all–to pastors, parents and counsellors working with people who are struggling with anxiety and despondency, to small groups looking for a highly readable book for edifying study and spiritual growth, to anyone affected by the malaise of human life not lived to its potential.
Fr. Geoffrey Ready
Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College (Toronto)
This book has been life-changing! Time and Despondency has been most profound thing I have read in 20 years!
If you struggle with what it really means to be “present,” I encourage you to read this book. The insights and practical advice shared by the author are outstanding.
Contributions and Guest Posts
This is a small sample of my writing that has been published elsewhere.