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For more than a thousand
years, Eastern Christians have used their hands and hearts to create
icons, proclaiming God’s reality in a visible–and breathtakingly
beautiful–way.  This ancient art is enjoying a renewed interest in the
West, as people of faith create icons and use them to meditate on
mysteries for which there are no words.

A Brush with God
is a guide to painting icons and using them in prayer. Written with
warmth and energy, it describes the history of icons and examines why
they’ve been a spiritual tool for so many centuries. Written from a
uniquely Western perspective, the book guides artists–from novices to
professionals–through the process of icon painting, using traditional
techniques but employing contemporary materials. Included are eight
full-color plates of the artist’s icons.


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Reviews for A Brush with God: An Icon Workbook:

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Jan 15, 2018

The author is an irish-american Catholic who became fascinated by Byzantine icons at a young age. He once joined Byzantine Catholic Monastery, and after leaving the monastery devoted his life to Icon making. Aside from the beautiful full-color icons and the simple step-by-step guide true making them, what I love about this book is the focus on theology. The author believes that icon making and even simply gazing at icons can enrich our spiritual lives. To that end, he guides the reader to a The author is an irish-american Catholic who became fascinated by Byzantine icons at a young age. He once joined Byzantine Catholic Monastery, and after leaving the monastery devoted his life to Icon making. Aside from the beautiful full-color icons and the simple step-by-step guide true making them, what I love about this book is the focus on theology. The author believes that icon making and even simply gazing at icons can enrich our spiritual lives. To that end, he guides the reader to a Byzantine perspective on beauty, prayer, and the inherent goodness of the material world. Above all, he focuses on the dialogue between God and humanity through material media - all of Creation, icons, the natural world, and especially other people reflecting the goodness of God. ...more
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Jan 26, 2018

This was an amazing book on the art of Icon writing. It really shows how you put your prayer into your art, and it is very inspiring.
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Jan 04, 2012

This is a book on icon writing. I have been reading the book and I am overwhelmed by how sacred this tradition and art form truly is. The writing process itself is a litany of rituals. There is such beauty in the care and articulation icon writers take. As a layperson, I revere the artistry and holiness of handwritten icons. We are fortunate to have a few.

I am planning to take a workshop in the next year or so, but for now I will be following the children's instructions for icon writing. That This is a book on icon writing. I have been reading the book and I am overwhelmed by how sacred this tradition and art form truly is. The writing process itself is a litany of rituals. There is such beauty in the care and articulation icon writers take. As a layperson, I revere the artistry and holiness of handwritten icons. We are fortunate to have a few.

I am planning to take a workshop in the next year or so, but for now I will be following the children's instructions for icon writing. That will be a challenge in itself and it will help me learn how to use the many media that are required for icon writing. ...more
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Apr 20, 2008

"By employing classical concepts of idealized beauty and changes in perspective, icons speak to us of reality transformed and transfigured, both in and through God's presence."

"The icons in our churches and homes help us to remember that we are not alone as we enter into prayer."

"It's simply not possible to create an exhaustive list of how, where, and when we may encounter God. Our God is full of surprises and everything in God's creation has the potential to be sacramental in some way."
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May 08, 2009

I've been researching Icons and its meaning so I can begin the process of creating them.

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