Praying with Icons: by Jim Forest
Author: Jim Forest
|Praying with Icons (Revised, Expanded) |
Recent years have seen a marked increase in the popular and ecumenical appeal of icons, for centuries an integral feature of Orthodox Christianity. Many of those mysteriously attracted to this ancient art form have little understanding of its meaning for prayer and worship. In this fascinating and beautiful book, Jim Forest offers a simple introduction to the tradition of icons with special emphasis on their practical function in the spiritual life.
Beautifully illustrated both with color plates and black and white photographs, Praying with Icons begins with a history of iconography. Icons, as Jim Forest shows, are not simply illustrations or "art" in the usual sense, but aids to prayer and contemplation, windows on the divine. Forest goes on to provide a personal and practical guide to how one prays with icons. Finally, he offers a series of meditative reflections on some of the most typical icons -- including the Annunciation, the Nativity, Christ's Baptism, the Transfiguration, the Descent of the Holy Spirit, along with representations of Mary, the Trinity, and the Saints -- that provides an iconographic journey through the Gospel mystery and the liturgical year.
About the Author
Jim Forest, a convert to the Russian Orthodox Church, lives in Alkmaar, the Netherlands. Long active in the international peace movement, he served for twelve years as General Secretary of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation. He is author of Living with Wisdom: A Life of Thomas Merton and Love is the Measure: A Biography of Dorothy Day, as well as books on nonviolence, reconciliation, and religion in Russia.
Features: Bibliography, Illustrated, Table of Contents
Physical Info: 0.56" H x 9.21" L x 6.12" W (1.04 lbs) 218 pages
Publisher: Orbis Books
US SRP: 26.00 US
Pub Date: June 2008
A classic guide to praying with icons.
“A book to be treasured and read slowly.” —St. Anthony Messenger
“This book is a blessing, made extraordinarily graceful by these icons, those who have honored and saved them in history, and by Jim Forest whose love for them is shared so unabashedly.” —Megan McKenna, Sojourners
“In Praying with Icons beauty itself bears witness to God.” —Michael Downey
First published ten years ago, Praying with Icons has been widely recognized as a modern spiritual classic. Both for Orthodox readers familiar with this tradition as well as newcomers, Forest describes the history and theology behind icons, how they are made, and how they are used as a guide to prayer. Finally, he offers a moving series of reflections on a range of classic icons.
This revised edition is enhanced by a rich new selection of full-color illustrations.
Jim Forest, a convert to the Russian Orthodox Church, lives in Alkmaar, the Netherlands.His many books include The Road to Emmaus: Pilgrimage as a Way of Life, Ladder of the Beatitudes, Living with Wisdom: A Life of Thomas Merton, and Love Is the Measure: A Biography of Dorothy Day.
- Adult Books | Prayer
- Adult Books | Art
- Religion | Christianity | Orthodox
- Art | Middle Eastern
- Religion | Christian Life | Prayer
- Art | Subjects & Themes | Religious
- Cult - Icons
- Orthodox Eastern Church
Chronological Period | Ancient (To 499 A.D.)
Religious Orientation | Christian
Chronological Period | Medieval (500-1453)
Chronological Period | Modern
Theometrics | Orthodox
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