Windows to Heaven: Introducing Icons to Protestants and Catholics

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Windows to Heaven: Introducing Icons to Protestants and Catholics

Author: LELA GILBERT, Elizabeth Zelensky

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Windows to Heaven: Introducing Icons to Protestants and Catholics
Author: LELA GILBERT, Elizabeth Zelensky

"Illustrated with exquisite colour plates, [this guidebook] details the nature and purpose of Orthodox icons and explains how their contemplation might enrich the spiritual lives of non-Orthodox Christians. . . . [It] expertly introduces Protestants and Catholics to 'the world of visible spirituality' depicted in Orthodox icons."--Ecumenism

After even a casual encounter with Orthodox icons, Protestants and Catholics often find themselves strangely attracted to--yet disconcerted by--the beautiful, haunting images. From the theological to the aesthetic, questions flood in: Why are the facial expressions so fixed? Why the colorful robes? What do the images symbolize? Do Orthodox Christians worship icons? Doesn't that make them idols?

In their exquisite new guidebook, Windows to Heaven, Elizabeth Zelensky and Lela Gilbert detail the nature and purpose of Orthodox icons, describing how these powerful images "bridge the abyss between the material and spiritual worlds." In a generous, ecumenical spirit, they explain how the contemplation of icons might enrich the spiritual lives of non-Orthodox Christians.

Each chapter opens with relevant scriptural references and engaging anecdotes and closes with excerpts from personal journals. Zelensky and Gilbert offer theological, historical, and aesthetic contexts for five specific icons, including Andrei Rublev's Icon of the Holy Trinity, the Vladamir Theotokos, and Theophanes' Transfiguration of Christ.

With special emphasis on the incarnation, Windows to Heaven eloquently and expertly introduces Protestants and Catholics to "the world of visible spirituality" depicted in Orthodox icons. Here is an approachable and engaging guide, perfect for all those seeking to deepen or refresh their prayer.

Soft color cover with icon, 142 pages, 14 x 21.5

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Author Elizabeth Zelensky & Lela Gilbert
Pages 142
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Width (mm) 14
Height (mm) 22

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