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Icons, representations of the divine, pictures of humanity,
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This review is from: Behold the Beauty of the Lord: Praying with Icons (Paperback)
This is my first Henri Nouwen book, I have read it as a preparation to taking part in a service about silent prayer. This is not a book of dry explanation of the symbolism of icons. Nouwen takes four well known icons and offers a meditation on each one, showing how we as individuals but mainly as 'humanity' we can see ourelves in the image. He does this by explaining how his long association with the particular icons has helped and transformed his own prayer life. Using the traditional interpretation of the symbolism he reads clearly and with love the form, gesture, eyes and general composition to explain how, through the icon God reaches out to us and how humanity can move closer to God's presence. In this book Nouwen offers a precious gift to those who long to look beyond the art into the heart of heaven.