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Christian Spirit
Christian Spirit
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Price:  $14.95

ISBN:  0-941532-64-X
Book Size:  6 x 7.25
# of Pages:  176
Language:  English



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Christian Spirit, combines powerful imagery with words of wisdom for an experience that is both visual and contemplative. Containing a wide variety of early Christian art from sources as varied as the Coptic and Celtic traditions and wide-ranging quotations from Christian saints and sages of the first one and a half millennia of Christianity, this book invites the reader to reflect upon the beauty and wisdom of the Christian spirit.

  Gold Midwest Book Award for “Religion & Philosophy”  
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Containing a wide variety of early Christian art from sources as varied as the Coptic and Celtic traditions and wide-ranging quotations from Christian saints and sages of the first one and a half millennia of Christianity, this book invites the reader to reflect upon the beauty and wisdom of the Christian spirit. The visual and written treasures contained in this volume formed the sacred foundation of the early Church and established a tradition which may even now be traced back to the Gospels. Though specifically Christian in content, the book in hand should provide a source of spiritual inspiration to seekers of all faiths.

What is the essential message of the great saints and sages in the first one and a half millennia of Christianity? Is there a unifying doctrine within the different branches of the Christian Church? Are there common spiritual Truths that exist within each of the world’s great religions? The gem-like selections of art and writings in Christian Spirit cover the first one and a half millennia of Christianity, beginning shortly after the death of the Christ. All spiritual seekers, regardless of specific religious affiliation, will the inspired by the beauty and wisdom contained in this book.

  Gold Midwest Book Award for “Religion & Philosophy”  


About the Author(s)

Michael Fitzgerald

Michael Fitzgerald is an author, editor, and publisher of books on world religions, sacred art, tradition, culture, and philosophy. He has written and edited many publications on American Indian spirituality, including Yellowtail: Crow Medicine Man and Sun Dance Chief, and was adopted into Yellowtail's tribe and family. Fitzgerald has also taught university classes on religious traditions of North American Indians and lectured widely. His contributions to World Wisdom books and DVDs include:

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Judith Fitzgerald

Judith Fitzgerald is a graduate of Indiana University and an artisan, calligrapher, and graphic designer. In 2004 Fitzgerald and her husband, Michael, published the first in an award-winning series of illustrated inspirational books on the world’s religions, called “Sacred Worlds.” The books in this series have received ten prestigious awards. Many of the photographs in this series and in her husband’s other books were taken by her during their travels to visit traditional cultures around the world.

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"Collaboratively compiled and edited by Judith Fitzgerald and Michael Fitzgerald, Christian Spirit is a welcome source of inspiration and meditation. An inspiring blend of images of early Christian art and the wisdom of great Christian souls from the earliest times of the Christian movement, Christian Spirit presents combinations of words and pictures that make it useful as a resource quote book. Offering a 150 page glimpse into the wealth of wisdom that has illuminated the efforts of Christian seekers after the Kingdom of Heaven for two thousand years, Christian Spirit is exceptional and enthusiastically recommended reading for all members of the Christian community regardless of denominational affiliation."
Midwest Book Review



"This is a beautiful book that captures the nobility of the human spirit in pursuit of God. Writings from great spiritual teachers throughout the ages shine like jewels on every page. This book is a worthwhile treasure for those who seek the pearl of great price."
Sr. Ilia Delio, O.S.F., Washington Theological Union, and author of Crucified Love: Bonaventure's Mysticism of the Crucified Christ



"Each of these profound quotations and each of these wonderful images take us back centuries in time; they also take us to the very heart of what matters in the world. Readers should dwell on them. Meditating on just one of these every morning will add depth to each day."
John Chryssavgis, author of In the Heart of the Desert



"This beautifully illustrated book shows the reader where all the Christian denominations could find their unity: in sacred art and in spiritual depth. It is indeed the same spirit which runs through the diversity of forms. It shows that the Christian heritage still shines today in its sacred art. This book is also a wonderful contribution to what should unite all the believers of the world."
Jean-Pierre Lafouge, Marquette University



“This delightful, pocket-sized book lends itself to becoming a companion for the thoughtful religious person on his or her journey through a secular world. As nourishing to the eye as to the intellect, it offers carefully selected insights from writers from the earliest Christian era to the Middle Ages, from Syria, Alexandria, Lyons, Assisi and Norwich, to name but a few of the homes of these spiritual giants. The text is beautifully juxtaposed to inspirational illustrations, all breathtakingly beautiful, be they of mosaics, manuscripts or appropriately sepia-tinted photographs of classic monastic sites.”
Hannah Hunt, independent scholar working in Patristics and Early Church history in universities throughout England



"A copy of this beautiful little book should be in every home. Offering after offering overwhelms us with consciousness of Heaven’s generosity to Christianity in the way of sacred art, whether it be the art of the icon, the art of book illumination or the marvels of Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic architecture."
Martin Lings, author of Ancient Beliefs and Modern Superstitions and The Sacred Art of Shakespeare: To Take upon Us the Mystery of Things



"The goal of this splendid book is to provide a taste of both the spiritual wisdom and sacred art (iconography) of Christianity during the first 1500 years of its existence. Another goal is to present on almost every page stunningly beautiful works of art in color (mostly icons) that embody the spiritual vision of Christianity. Combining exquisite art and short quotes from the Church Fathers (mostly Eastern) make this volume a spiritual gem of inspiration for daily meditation. Makes a superb gift."
Light and Life Publishing




Table of Contents for Christian Spirit

vii Intorduction
1 Sacred Art and Quotations
162 Index of Author Quotations
165 Biographical Notes


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