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Praying the Word: Illuminated Prayers and Wisdom from the Saint John's Bible (Saint John's Bible) [Hardcover]

By Donald Jackson (Author)
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Overview
The diverse artwork that adorns the magnificent pages of The Saint John's Bible shares a unified purpose - to inpsire our hearts and to ignite our imaginations. A distinct form of these breathtaking visuals, the text treatment, focuses specifically on honoring some of the most cherished prayers and wisdom texts of the Bible. These text treatments feature unique calligraphy and colorful embellishments that bring to life the passages they reveal. A collection of these glorious portrayals of our faith can now be found in the new book, Praying the Word: Illuminated Prayers and Wisdom from The Saint John's Bible. In the tradition of lectio divina (reflecting on the Scriptures), Praying the Word is an instrumental guide for personal prayer and a companion for meditation. Brief descriptions and passage references accompany each full color text treatment and an index of prayer occasions and artist attributions are also included. Gilt-edged pages, the beautiful hardcover design, and a sewn-in ribbon bookmark make a fitting volume for these beloved prayers and wisdom texts. This exquisite treasury embodies the significance of prayer life, and makes a wonderful gift at confirmations, weddings, and other special occasions in the lives of family and friends.

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"2009 Catholic Press Association Award Winner "

The magnificent text treatments found within "The Saint John's Bible" were created to honor some of the most cherished prayers and wisdom texts of the Bible. With unique calligraphy and colorful embellishments, these text treatments give life to the passages they reveal. A collection of these glorious portrayals of our faith can now be found in the new book, "Praying the Word: Illuminated Prayers and Wisdom from The Saint John's Bible."

This exquisite treasury follows the tradition of "lectio divina" and serves as a companion for personal prayer and meditation. The beautiful hardcover design features a cloth finish with slipcase and ribbon bookmark. "Praying the Word" embodies the significance of prayer life and makes a wonderful gift at confirmations, weddings, and other special occasions in the lives of family and friends.

Special Features: Contains more than 25 text treatment reproductions from "The Saint John's Bible" Hardcover, bound in beautiful saifu cloth Slipcase Ribbon bookmark Full color throughout Beatitudes from "Gospels and Acts"--Matthew 5:3-12
Canticle of Mary from "Gospels and Acts"--Luke 1:46-55
Canticle of Zechariah from "Gospels and Acts"--Luke 1:68-79
You Shall Love the Lord Your God from "Gospels and Acts"--Matthew 22:37-40
Hear, O Israel from "Gospels and Acts"--Mark 12:29-31
Canticle of Simeon from "Gospels and Acts"--Luke 2:29-32
Lord's Prayer from "Gospels and Acts"--Matthew 6:9-13
You Shall Love the Lord Your God from "Gospels and Acts"--Luke 10:27
Those Who Believe In Me from "Gospels and Acts"--John 11:25-26
Repent and Be Baptized from "Gospels and Acts"--Acts 2:38
The Alien from "Pentateuch"--Leviticus 19:34-35
The Lord Bless You from "Pentateuch"--Numbers 6:24-26
Hear O Israel from "Pentateuch"--Deuteronomy 6:4-5
I Cal Heaven and Earth from "Pentateuch"--Deuteronomy 30:19-20
Make Yourselves Clean from "Prophets"--Isaiah 1:16-17
He Shall Judge Between the Nations from "Prophets"--Isaiah 2:4
Comfort, O Comfort My People from "Prophets"--Isaiah 40:1-5
Listen To Me, O Coastlands from "Prophets"--Isaiah 49:1-4
Arise, Shine from "Prophets"--Isaiah 60:1-3
Now the Word of the Lord from "Prophets"--Jeremiah 1:4-10
Do Justice, Love Kindness, Walk Humbly from "Prophets"--Micah 6:8
Psalm 150 from "Psalms"--Psalm 150
Psalm 107 from "Psalms"--Psalm 107
Psalm 90 from "Psalms"--Psalm 90
Psalm 73 from "Psalms"--Psalm 73
Psalm 42 from "Psalms"--Psalm 42

Awards and Recognitions
Praying the Word: Illuminated Prayers and Wisdom from the Saint John's Bible (Saint John's Bible) by Donald Jackson has received the following awards and recognitions -

  • Midwest Book Award (MIPA) - 2008 Winner - Religion category


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Item Specifications...


Studio: Liturgical Press
Pages   76
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 12"
Weight:   1.55 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2008
Publisher   Liturgical Press
Series  Saint John's Bible  
ISBN  0814690939  
ISBN13  9780814690932  


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St. John's Bible-Praying the Word  Oct 30, 2009
I first saw this book at St. Thomas Moore Chapel in New Haven, Connecticut. As I turned the pages, I was blown away by the Bible verses done in beautiful calligraphy on vibrant backgrounds--a treat to the eyes with readings to start the day. The book comes in a hard-covered protective sleeve. An amazing value for the price.
 
simply magnificent  Aug 5, 2009
A lovely volume of illuminated and calligraphied scriptures with facing explanations. You won't be disappointed!
 
Be inspired!  Jan 7, 2009
This is a beautiful book that is well suited as a gift or for personal use. It is nicely cloth bound and has it's own cloth slipcover box to protect the volume. The illustrations remind me of illuminated manuscripts from the past. It is also reasonably priced. I highly recommend this book.
 
A Glorious Prayer Book  Dec 26, 2008
This book is one of the most beautiful gifts you could give to a person who prays, or to a person who would like to begin to pray. It is a prayer book, containing modern illuminated manuscripts from the only illuminated BIble made since the invention of the printing press, the St. John's Bible. Reproductions of portions of the full St. John's Bible are available - the Psalms, the Pentateuch, the Prophets, the Gospels and Acts, the Wisdom Literature (no epistles yet). They are treasures. This beautiful prayer book, composed of short scripture portions, together with well-crafted introductory pieces, is a stunning compliment to the full Biblical texts that are already published.

The selection of the 33 texts chosen is a little surprising, and it works. Many are the most famous and powerful scriptures - The Shema, five psalms, the Lord's Prayer, the Sermon on the Mount. Anyone with a cursory understanding of scripture will remember and resonate with these texts. Catholics and those of us who have spent much time in retreats at monasteries will love the inclusion of Mary's Magnificat and the Canticle of Zechariah. Many women, feminists and scholars will love the heavy inclusion of Wisdom literature and the translations thereof (New Revised Standard Version of the Bible). Evangelicals will probably deeply appreciate the strong emphasis on the power and majesty of God, and the thread of salvation history that strings through the texts. One of the surprises of text choices is that the Shema "Hear O Israel..." appears in four different permutations - from Deuteronomy, Matthew, Mark & Luke. This and the prophetic texts, the Aaronic blessing, underscore the critical continuity of Christ as fulfillment of Old Testament prophesy. And Christians drawn to the emerging church will love the ancient-modern feel to the texts and the art!

The introduction to the prayer book describes its purpose: "It is designed to be prayed slowly and meditatively in the manner of the Benedictine practice of lectio divina. Lectio divina, a Latin term meaning 'sacred reading,' necessitates a quiet and peaceful time and place for one to read and reread a small section of Scripture. Furthermore, this book is designed to promote vision divina, or 'sacred viewing.' If we are meant to reread a passage meditatively, we are also called to view and review an image. The two practices work in tandem to bring one into the presence of God."

A dear friend sent me Praying the Word for Christmas, yesterday. I awoke this morning and have been praying with these beautiful texts. The interplay of words, scripture, and powerful art is staggering. I am profoundly grateful to the Benedictine brothers and the illuminators, who have helped bring this book into being. Their work glorifies God and bears the promise of illumination to us.
 

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