Icon Painting Books authored by Mary Jane Miller are small book treasures, densely filled with spiritual imagery. All of her work is sympathetic to exploring contemporary ideas with an old-world feel for the divine. The images are fantastic meditations, they speak of bold spirituality. At the same time they incorporate icon painting in their historical context.
Her coloring books and Icon Painting Technique are both loaded with templates for Icon Painting. Her “How To Book” includes useful meditations used as a guide, and the coloring books are designed with journal pages beside each image. There you can jot down your own reflections and insights.
Miller’s Icon Painting Books are a must for any library, for those who collect of icons and those who preserve this great tradition through painting icons. Iconography has the potential the shape future theology through new liturgy and perspective for men and women everywhere. Mary Jane Miller’s collection of new inventive work is exquisite.
Bishop Scanlan reviewed saying, “These are books by a faithful woman who is a superb iconographer. In Light of Women is a well-written and beautifully illustrated reflection on women, faith, and the role and function of women within Christianity. The original icons demonstrate a deep understanding of the icon tradition. The images stretch tradition of the faithful in new expressions that raise challenges and questions. The reflections are strong, revealing a woman’s voice of faith, confidence, courage, determination, and hope. The icons are exquisite. The combination is rich, providing much for pondering, thinking, praying, and then to embody in daily life.”
“I believe that, developing partnerships and exposure, group discussions on women issues, my book In Light of Women could serve a wider audience.” Women are broadening an already lively discussion of what is spirituality and, important women’s voices still being discovered today.
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The Stations of the Cross is a new publication, one that celebrates a Christian devotional practice from the thirteenth century. Miller has used the ritual metaphorically to journey with Jesus Christ from his trial to his entombment. The participants use Christian art for meditation on the Biblical story. The story of Jesus Christ’s final sufferings reveal themselves like a passion play as we walk with Him to Mount Calvary.
Sacred Art is more than biblical story telling.
These 15 Stations of the Cross are a prescribed set of messages and motifs to understand better how we humans fit into Christ’s message of love. Three times he meets the Women, three times he falls and is only helped once. He is stripped of his dignity yet is resurrected into light and loving energy. The hope is to understand the ritual practice, which is no longer limited to only church, but speaks of our human capacity to go beyond suffering.