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Living Icons: Persons of Faith in the Eastern Church Paperback – March, 2004

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of Notre Dame Pr (March 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 026803351X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0268033514
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,408,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The autor of this engaging book traces the spiritual journey of some of the most striking personalities of Orthodoxy of our time. ... Through these witnesses, through their lives and work, this study reveals the true face of Orthodoxy and is at the same time an urgent appeal to today's churches ... [a] very beautiful book, full of spirit."

About the Author

MICHAEL P. PLEKON is a professor in the department of sociology/anthropology and the program in religion and culture at Baruch College, City University of New York. He is also an ordained priest in the Orthodox Church in America. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Michael Plekon is professor in the department of Sociology/Anthropology and Program in Religion and Culture at Baruch College of the City University of New York. He is a priest in the Orthodox Church in America at St. Gregory Church, Wappingers Falls NY. He has published a trilogy on holiness and holy people in our time,two names as best spiritual books of 2004 and 2012. He has also translated and edited several other volumes. He has published almost a hundred articles, book chapters and essays. A student of Peter L. Berger, he has specialized in contemporary spiritual authors, persons of faith, the 20th century revival of Eastern Orthodox theology among emigre writers in Paris.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bonita L. Davis on February 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
Living Icons brings to life the work, theology, commitment ment to Christian unity and holiness of ten of Orthodox Christianity's persons of faith. Maria Skobtsova, Gregory Krug, and Alexander Men are three of the profiled persons in this remarkable work. All are representatives of Russian Orthodoxy forced to emigrate from their homelands and develop their faith in a western environment. This transplanting resulted in a group of people who challenged the lethargy of their own church and opened the road of dialogue with their sister churches in the west.

Through the witnesses of these living saints of the twentieth century you can see the seeds of hope for a reunited church of all believers endowed with their diversity but united as one in Christ. I found the book fascinating as it discussed the challenges and struggles that these individuals faced. Many were rediculed for their views within Orthodoxy and declared heretical while others were murdered for their witness.

This work is a great primer for introducing you to some of the significant persons in Orthodoxy who have impacted the church in both Roman Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox circles through their theology, iconography, academics, pastoral care and lay witness. Although not an exhaustive work, Living Icons, makes you hungry to know more about Orthodoxy as well as its profiled living witnesses. This is a "must" have book for all Christians who desire to know more about the gifts and graces of the Orthodox church as embodied in these individuals.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By matt on October 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Plekon has done a very good job in making available to american readers the lives and thoughts of several 20th century Eastern Orthodox theologians and "lovers of mankind". Each essay examines the main currents of thought for each person and their influnece upon the world in this century. Included are essays about St. Seraphim of Sarov, Sergius Bulgakov, MAria Skobtsova, Fr. Lev Gillet, Paul Evdokimov, Fr. Gregory Krug, Nicholas Afanasiev, Fr. Alexander Schmemann, Fr. Jean Meyendorff, and Fr. Alexander Men. With many first-hand accounts of their lives, the author gives keen insights into their personalities, the context of their actions and writings, and their continuing relevance for the 21st century.
I would also recommend "Light From The East" by Aidan Nichols for an intro to some other Orthodox thinkers. It is out of print, but available from time to time. Enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Living Icons: Persons Of Faith In The Eastern Church by ordained Orthodox priest Michael Plekon (Professor, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, religion and culture, Baruch College, City University of New York) is a close look at the lives of ten Eastern Orthodox Christian faithful, each of whom lived in the eighteenth through twentieth centuries. Fascinating, uplifting, and evenhanded in its study of characters, foibles, and faith, as well as highly recommended for students of Orthodox Christian History, Living Icons is a profound testimony to the path set by just a few among many amidst constantly changing and conflicting headwaters of religious belief worldwide.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Conley on April 5, 2013
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I was really excited to read about these venerable Orthodox writers and thinkers of the 20th century. I was already particularly fond of Fr. Alexander Schmemann and Fr. John Meyendorff, two of the people this book covers. I think the book is a good overview, but my main problem with the book is that I can finish reading a chapter and still feel like I know more about Plekon's opinion than about the person who is ostensibly the subject of the chapter. Plekon is very interested in questions of ecumenism and in people who rejected what they saw as hardened traditionalism. I happen not to share those interests (in fact, I'm probably the kind of person who would irritate Plekon on those topics), so this book isn't for me. Still, I think it would be a good read for someone wanting an overview of these figures and who is interested in those topics I just mentioned. It's a good demonstration of how the loving embrace of the Orthodox church is wide enough to bring together even those of us who have different opinions.
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