The Open Door: Entering the Sanctuary of Icons and Prayer


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It's deceptively simple, this little book. Conversational. The author describes the famous icon of Christ of Sinai: ''Look at the icon of Christ again. You may find his gaze unsettling, as if He is looking back at you, or even through you. My husband, a pastor, once received a phone call from a retired humanities professor. The caller said that he was a lifelong atheist and humanist who was mostly ignorant of religion. But then someone had given him a copy of this icon. 'When I look at it, I have the sensation that He's looking into my soul,' he said. 'Before this, I didn't even think there was such a thing as a soul.''' Immediately you find yourself no longer a detached observer but an engaged subject. Therein lies this book's brilliance. Yes, it also contains plenty of necessary and helpful explanations of icons and their place in Orthodox churches and worship. But its genius is the way it draws you beyond the externals of icons into something deeper -- a sense of their immediate relevance and ability to convey the essence of the festivals or persons they represent. Another unassuming triumph for Mathewes-Green.

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"The Open Door provides an open window into a radically different approach to spiritual formation, one that is more ancient/Eastern than modern/Western, one that feels refreshingly new as well as seasoned, rich, and time-tested."
--Brian McLaren, author of Everything Must Change and A Generous Orthodoxy

"The joy of this] book is to allow us to meet the icons where the saints want us to meet them - face to face in a prayer corner, in candlelight as we approach the altar, above the beds of our sleeping children. . . . This book is a call to stand still, take a deep breath and face the cloud of witnesses."
--Terry Mattingly, columnist, Scripps Howard News Service

Title:: The Open Door: Entering the Sanctuary of Icons and Prayer


Categories: Iconography,

Publisher: Paraclete Press (MA): May 2008

ISBN Number:: 1557255741

ISBN Number: 13: 9781557255747

Binding:: Paper Back

Book Condition:: New

Seller ID:: 164047