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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press; Revised edition (July 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0687183014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0687183012
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By C. B. on January 25, 2000
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This is a wonderful little guide. It gives you many symbols and a brief explanation of their meaning. It's broken into sections for easier reference, i.e. symbols of the apostles, symbols of saints, crosses, etc. It also includes liturgical colors and seasons of the church year. I only wish it had more symbols defined! A very handy, quick reference, and a good place to start to find out what basic symbols really mean.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brian J. Fegely on October 27, 2005
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This booklet (it is just under fifty pages) packs enough information regarding Western Christian symbols for those doing embroidery or hand-drawn signs and banners. It is a good, quick survey of many symbols and their very general meanings. For the researcher, it is a good place to start exploring iconography, and a useful directory for reading Christian art.

Church publications and even embroidery shops with digital equipment look forward to the CD carrying the clipart and commentaries.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 2002
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As a person interested in chuch banner-making, I was rather disappointed. While there is a lot in this little book, the pictures were too tiny (about an inch high) to be very useful.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By He is still God. on April 5, 2002
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Wow ! What a collection of sysbols.AND with explanations. For anyone who sews or makes church banners, this is a must have book. Glad I bought it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Josephine Velez on May 12, 2005
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I bought this book wanting to learn more about symbolism and I found this book to be quite useful, good pictures, but nearly as informative as I wanted. Still a good reference book, but don't rely too heavily on it, if you want in depth explanations or stories behind the icons.
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According to the information about the book, "This resource, with over 200 full-color photographs and illustrations depicts a variety of symbols..." This information is incorrect. The book has a single full color photograph on the front cover. The rest of the illustrations are microscopic depictions and the scale does not allow any detail to show. It is a very poor resource for anyone interested in these symbols.

The information also states, "The book shares the origin and meaning of hundreds of symbols of the Christian faith, as well as fascinating stories behind many symbols." The stories are at most three sentences long, give very little detail and are scant for the most part. I have returned this book, and will continue searching for a better resource.

I would like to note that I was looking for something that I could use as a jumping off point to design ecclesiastical garments and furnishings, and this book is not even at the level of jumping off the side of a pool. I didn't expect a high dive at the price point, but a diving board at all would have been nice.
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