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Mother of God Similar to Fire Hardcover – September 15, 2010
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Stunning . . . the reader is brought to the door of a deep and potentially transformative experience. --Presence
Open this book and allow these icons to open your eyes to our patron and our companion: Mary, the Mother of God. --James Martin, S.J., author, My Life with the Saints
This book through its icons and reflections highlights the role of Mary in our salvation history and in our day to day life. She is similar to fire in that she purifies and challenges all that harms human dignity. --Emmanuel Ndlovu, in Grace & Truth --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
William Hart McNichols, a priest and icon painter, lives in Taos, New Mexico. Described by Time as being among the most famous creators of Christian iconic images in the world, his work has been featured in several books, including You Will Be My Witnesses, The Bride, Christ, All Merciful, and Mary, Mother of All Nations.
Mirabai Starr, who also lives in Taos, speaks and leads retreats on the connections between teachings of the mystics, contemplative practice, and social action. She has translated and written introductions for works by St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila, and has edited writings of St. Francis and Hildegard of Bingen.
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As if that were not enough, with each icon is a prayer by the writer Mirabai Starr. Each one is very, very lovely. The advertisement I had seen for this book stated that these were "poems," and they certainly are. But, as fine as they are, they transcend that genre. I had read Starr before (in her work on John of the Cross) and had enjoyed the material. With this book, I'm just blown away. I particularly liked the work on page 49, where she says, "Mother of Mercy, if I stay awake all night, vigilant and grateful, will you drop your protective veil over my vulnerable heart?" Isn't that lovely?
So, here we have beautiful icons with lovely poems/prayers on the facing pages. This book is a treasure. I recommend it without reservation to anyone who loves beautiful paintings/icons, lovely marian poetry, or beautiful devotional icons and text.