Forest, a friend and biographer of Thomas Merton, peace activist, and convert to Orthodoxy, has given us a warm, personal, anecdotal introduction to icons which at the same time manages to convey a great deal about the spirituality and liturgical piety of the Orthodox Church. We would recommend this book as the best one for someone coming to icons for the first time. Forest reveals his own heart as he stands before the icon with us, and in this alone we learn a great lesson about icons. Another lesson is that we ought to pray, and so this book ends with a collection of the most often-used Orthodox prayers. 171 pp.
An Eighth Day View:
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.