Behold the Beauty of the Lord

Praying with Icons
Foreword by: Robert Lentz

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: September 15, 2007

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This twentieth-anniversary edition (more than 111,000 copies sold) brings Henri J. M. Nouwen's writings on Eastern Orthodox icons to a new generation and adds to the Nouwen collection published by Ave Maria Press. With a foreword by Br. Robert Lentz, a well-known painter of contemporary icons, this classic Nouwen book invites readers to pray with four Russian icons with their eyes open by emphasizing seeing or gazing, which are at the heart of Eastern spirituality. Nouwen's meditations reveal his viewing of the icons not as decorations, but holy places. The book includes four full-color icons, which can be removed for private contemplation or meditation.

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Pages: 128

Trim size: 5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 9781594711367

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “One of the most popular spiritual writers of our time.”

    “Henri J. M. Nouwen, who wrote more than 40 books, remains one of the most popular spiritual writers of our time. This paperback is a revised version of a volume released in 1987…. We are assaulted by images in a society where consumerism comes at us through posters, billboards, television, movies and store windows. But icons are a different thing completely. Nouwen presents meditations on four icons: the icon of the Holy Trinity, the icon of the Virgin of Vladimir, the icon of the Savior of Zvenigorod, and the icon of the Descent of the Spirit.” (Read the entire review here.)

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Foreword by Robert Lentz, O.F.M.
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