Praying with Icons
is back-ordered. We will ship it separately in 10 to 15 days.
After eleven printings of its original edition plus numerous translations into other languages, Praying With Icons has now been issued in a revised, all-color edition with fifty more pages and an expanded collection of icons.
Extracts from Praying With Icons:
- A Short History of Icons
- Qualities of an Icon
- Praying Body and Soul
- Devotion to the Saints
- Reflections on the Nativity Icon
- The Transfiguration Icon
- The Icon of St. George
- Holy Fools
Enlightening and humane
Normally, a second edition is not worth reviewing since the changes are usually minor. However, in almost every way Orbis Books has improved this articulate, personal yet intelligent introduction to icons and the liturgical life that feeds into and surrounds them. For any book on icons, the quality of the color plates/images is paramount. The earlier edition was disappointing, containing only black and white images, and some hard to read, at that.
From the cover image, a detail of the Vladimirskaya icon of the Mother of God, to numerous other icons of Christ, the feasts of the church year and of the saints, the quality of the color images is simply excellent. The choice of icons reproduced is also remarkable, from masters like Andrei Rubliev and Theophanes the Greek to modern master iconographer Leonid Ouspensky and John Reves.
There are also some very helpful texts of daily prayers, sections situating festal icons in the hymnody and lessons of the feastdays, also a number of photos of icons in procession and home icon corners for prayer.
As with his recent book on pilgrimage, Jim Forest allows his own life and experience to appear, making the entire presentation at once enlightening and humane.
This new expanded edition would be very useful in introducing western Christians to the place of icons in the life and worship of the Eastern Church.
– Fr. Michael Plekon (review for St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly)