Founding pastor of the Antiochian Orthodox Basilica of St. Mary  in Livonia, MI, The Very Rev. George Shalhoub, has released a book titled The Mystery of Love and Marriage.  An associate professor at Madonna University as well as a priest of many years, Fr. George draws from more than 40 years of experience in counseling, teaching and educating the community on the foundations of a healthy relationship. His book provides practical advice about healthy living in a complicated and fast paced world, and about how to live a balanced way of life.
"This book is a roadmap for anyone looking to be in a relationship,' said Fr. George Shalhoub. "The Mystery of Love and Marriage exposes the truths to communication, forgiveness and unconditional love, all the scariest and most important pieces of being in a partnership."
Recommending the book, Dr. John Chirban, who is a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Hospital, noted, "I have rarely found such drive, commitment, and enthusiasm toward spiritual vision among clergy. You drink from his fountain and remain refreshed and charged with clairvoyance, infusing excitement and fruits of the Spirit."
About the author
Father George received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Eastern Michigan University in Sociology and Psychology, a Master's Degree in Theological Studies from St. John's Provincial Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Pastoral Counseling from the Graduate Theological Foundation. Father is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Philosophy at Madonna University and a faculty member of the Antiochian House of Studies. He was appointed by Governor Engler of Michigan to serve on the Mental Health Advisory Board and by Governor Granholm to the commission on Arab and Chaldean American Affairs. Father was the Teacher of the Year at Madonna University and gave the Commencement Address to Schoolcraft College's graduating class of 2001. He has received dozens of public, civic and humanitarian awards from diverse organizations.
Under his pastoral leadership, Fr. George and a handful of parishioners started St. Mary's mission in 1972. In 1976, they moved into their new church and in 1990, along with the parishioners, Parish Council, Building Committee, Ladies Society, and the youth, St. Mary's was able to build a Cultural Center. Finally, in 2002, St. Mary's moved into its permanent house of worship, The Antiochian Orthodox Basilica of St. Mary, where Metropolitan Philip proclaimed it, "A new church for a new century."
Father George was appointed Dean of the Michigan Deanery by His Eminence Metropolitan Philip in 2011. "You have made a tremendous progress from the time you were a mission to the time when I proclaimed your church as a Basilica," said His Eminence addressing the community. "All this work could never have been accomplished without the energy and leadership of Archpriest George Shalhoub. He sailed with you, sometimes with the wind and sometimes against the wind; but you continued to sail."