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Windows to Heaven: Introducing Icons to Protestants and Catholics

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Evangelicals often feel uneasy when they encounter the haunting images of Orthodox icons. From the theological to the practical, questions flood in: Why are the facial expressions so fixed? Why the colorful robes? What do the images symbolize? Do Orthodox Christians worship icons? Doesn't that make them idols?
In this useful guidebook, Elizabeth Zelensky and Lela Gilbert d
Paperback, 142 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Brazos Press
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Jul 24, 2007 Christopher rated it really liked it
WINDOWS TO HEAVEN: Introducing Icons to Protestants and Catholics is a collaboration between Elizabeth Zelensky, a Russian Orthodox lecturer of history, and Lela Gilbert, who appears to be a convert from Protestantism to Orthodoxy.

The subtitle doesn't really match the book. While it does try to communicate the truth of icon veneration to Protestants ("they aren't idols", etc.), this effort is very brief, no more than a couple of pages. Catholics hardly need an introduction to iconography, since
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Sep 14, 2010 Nathanael Booth rated it liked it
Really, less about introducing icons than about introducing the Eastern Orthodox brand of Christianity, this book talks about the importance of image, of material reality, in light of the incarnation of Christ. It’s fascinating to get a glimpse of non-Augustinian Christianity, and in many ways I am fascinated by the entire Eastern church. The handling of the icons is interesting—though icons are purportedly timeless, the authors carefully place each icon in its historical setting, illuminating ...more
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Nov 20, 2012 C. Michael rated it liked it
A brief introduction to both the theology of icons and some of the most important individual icons in Christian history. A significant part of the book is taken up by personal reflections and experiences, which will make it more accessible to some readers. References point the way to additional readings for those who want more in-depth treatment of the theological issues involved. The included color reproductions of icons are helpful, though it's hard to appreciate the detail in some. Irenic rat ...more
Jan 26, 2016 Courtenay rated it really liked it
Excellent introduction to 5 icons--their theology and aesthetic. This is a book that speaks to the mind and to the heart well.
Mar 04, 2011 Lee rated it really liked it
Not having any theology courses in my background I found this book very educational. It gave me a new appreciation for the history of icons and why they are venerated. Highly recommend.
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