Behold the Beauty of the Lord: Praying with Icons (Revised) by Henri J. M. Nouwen contains full-color fold-outs of four superb Russian icons combine with reflections to offer worshippers a unique way to pray with sacred images as much as with words, and hopefully see something of the beauty of God. The meditations are the fruit of Nouwen's long viewing of the icons as the iconographer intended, as holy places, not as decorations.
Behold the Beauty of the Lord: Praying with Icons (Revised) by Henri J. M. Nouwen is a book of meditations penned by famed Catholic writer Henri Nouwen, growing out of his contemplation of icons during sojourns at l'Arche, a community for people with mental handicaps in Trosly, France.
This twentieth anniversary edition (over 111,000 copies sold) brings Henri J. M. Nouwen's writings on Eastern Orthodox icons to a new generation and adds to the repackaged Nouwen collection published by Ave Maria Press. With a new foreword by Br. Robert Lentz, a well-known painter of contemporary icons, this classic Nouwen book invites readers to pray with four Russian icons with their eyes open by emphasizing seeing or gazing, which are at the heart of Eastern spirituality. Nouwen's meditations reveal his viewing of the icons not as decorations, but holy places. In addition, Behold the Beauty of the Lord: Praying with Icons (Revised) by Henri J. M. Nouwen includes four full-color icons, which can be removed for private contemplation or meditation.