Hey people :D
Ok, so I've just picked up "The Nature of Christ" by H.H. Pope Shenouda III, and have suddenly become really interested in theology and Church history. Well not really suddenly - I've always been interested, but haven't really done much about it. So, I'm posting this so that if any of you guys know any good introductory books to read on Orthodox Theology and/or Church History to please share them! I'm in no way an educated in theology and Church history beyond the mere basics i.e. I'm aware that we only accept the first 3 ecumenical councils (Nicaea, Constantinople, Ephesus) and have vague ideas of the topics on debate (Nicaea - Arianism, Constantinople - Arianism, Macedonianism, Ephesus - Nestorianism) and know very, very superficially about the Monophysite/Miaphysite/Dyophysite dispute that caused us to reject the Council of Chalcedon. I have done negligible reading on theology or Church History, an so am really deploring my ignorance ;D
So, which works/books of which Church Fathers would you recommend for me as a beginner? Just so you know my circumstances, I'm 17 years old in my last year of school, and am studying medicine in September. Obviously my main focus is getting my grades for getting to medical school, but I would like to "study" (in the loosest sense, non-academically) rather than just casually read.
Is there any hope for me? Anyone got any suggestions? ;D