Life in Christ is a 100-page full color book that incorporates 30 icon images, painted by Mary Jane Miller in the traditional egg tempera technique, using egg yolk and ground earth pigments mixed together to create divine image. The images are juxtaposed with text describing each image’s history, religious context and my reflections on our world today. Life in Christ, Knowledge of God made visible in Jesus the Man includes a Table of Contents, a thorough introduction to iconography, and three distinct sections that build on new conclusions. Section 1 His beginnings, Section 2, Signs and Wonders: miraculous events witnessed by his disciples, Section 3 He is Spiritually present and emotionally tangible.
Reflections on why and how this book is Unique
Many books about the ancient art form of iconography have been written, with delightful descriptions of specific icons listed below. My book, Life in Christ, will serve a wider audience by broadening an already lively discussion about the spiritual context we live in. The important subject of women’s voices is being fully recognized and valued in today’s society. I am deeply respectful of the iconography tradition and knowledgeable of its long history, I want my book to challenge the male-dominated church landscape of today’s theology.
My fascination with narrative icons is strong because of the beauty they radiate and how they teach us using only visual language. For almost three decades, the icons have slowly spoken and quietly revealed their mysteries to me. I feel confident the iconography descriptions and authors’ meditations will stimulate discussions and revelations about Christian art and theology.
Because iconography is a discipline of reproducing the same image to teach, it is paramount to grasp the idea that there is variation in repetition. Our world inevitably changes with new perspectives on meaning and prayer. The text and imagery is one woman iconographer’s voice for yet unspoken insights and deeper discernment about what it means to live a spiritual existence. Even if you do not already appreciate religious imagery, this is worth the read. The fascinating tradition inherent in icons and the unique techniques involved in egg tempera using earth pigments, this book will speak to you and draw you into their ancient noesis.
Contains Contemporary Iconography from the Life in Christ
The book Life in Christ opens with a Forward, Introduction, What is an Iconostasis?, The Discipline with its Symbolism, and Technique of Egg Tempera
Icon #1: The Holy Trinity
Icon #2: Nativity of Mary
Icon #3: Presentation of Mary to the Temple Priest
Icon #4: The Annunciation
Icon #5: The Nativity
Icon #6: Christ Teaching in the Temple “Mid-Pentecost”
Icon #7: Holy Baptism
Icon #8: John the Baptist in the Wilderness
Section 2 SIGNS and WONDERS: miraculous events witnessed by his disciples
Icon #9: Mary’s Gift of Intercession
Icon #10: Pool at Bethesda
Icon #11 The Samaritan at the Well
Icon #12: All Things Are Possible
Icon #13 Peter walks on the Water
Icon #14: Raising Lazarus
Icon #15 Raising Tabitha
Icon #16 Community of Christ
Section 3 CHRIST spiritually present and emotionally tangible
Icon #17: The Transfiguration
Icon #18: Extravagant Love
Along with other Life in Christ icons titled;
Washing the Feet of the Disciples, The Mystical Supper, The Crucifixion, The Entombment, Christ Descends into Hades, Mary, Apostle to the Apostles, Mary Magdalene Goes to the Apostles, The Incredulity of Thomas, also known as Affirming Thomas, The Pentecost, The Ascension of Christ, The Dormition of Mary or Her “Big Sleep!”, I Find No Rest Till I Rest in Thee