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The Open Door

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Frederica Mathewes-Green is a popular speaker, award winning author columnist for the, and the Khouria (spiritual mother) of Holy Cross Orthodox Church near Baltimore, MD. Her other books include The Illumined Heart, First Fruits of Prayer, and The Lost Gospel of Mary. Visit her at


"The joy of [this] book is to allow us to meet the icons where the saints want us to meet them - face to face in a prayer corner, in candlelight as we approach the altar, above the beds of our sleeping children...This book is a call to stand still, take a deep breath and face the cloud of witnesses." -Terry Mattingly, columnist, Scripps Howard News Service

"Framed as a visit to an imaginary Orthodox church, this series of meditations on icons-depictions of biblical and church history figures in paint, mosaic and other media-serves not only as an art history lesson but an examination of their role in public devotion and private prayer. Mathewes-Green pulls the reader right into the sanctuary with her, which gives the book immediacy and perspective...Redolent with the drama of liturgy, soaked in church history and laced with quotations from the Bible and Orthodox hymns, this slight volume offers rewards for both the intellectually curious and the religious seeker." (Sept.) -Publisher's Weekly Nonfiction Book Review

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