Living Icons presents an intimate portrait of holiness as
exemplified in the lives and thoughts of ten people of faith in the
Eastern Orthodox Church. In this inspiring volume, Michael P.
Plekon introduces readers to a diverse and unusual group of men and
women who strove to put the Gospel of Christ into action in their
lives. The ""living icons"" Plekon describes were, among other
things, priests, theologians, writers, and caregivers to the
homeless and poor. One was an artist who became the greatest icon
painter in this century; another was assassinated for his teachings
in post-Soviet Russia. These remarkable people of faith lived
through times of great suffering: forced emigration, the Great
Depression, World War II, and the Cold War. Many of them were
criticized, if not condemned, by ecclesiastical opponents and
authorities. yet each demonstrate a unique pattern for holiness,
illustrating that the path to sainthood is open to all. With the
fall of state socialism, Eastern Orthodox churches and monasteries
are being reopened and receiving renewed interest from believers
and nonbelievers alike. Plekon calls to our attention people like
Saint Seraphim of Sarov (1759-1832), a monk, mystic, counselor,
healer, and visionary; Father Alexander Man (1935-1990), a Russian
whose writings after Glasnost ultimately led to his tragic
assassination; Mother Maria Skobtsova (1891-1945), a painter, poet,
and political activist who was killed in a concentration camp for
hiding her Jewish neighbors; and Father Lev Gillet (1893-1980), one
of the twentieth century's greatest spiritual teachers. Living
Icons, which includes a foreword by Lawrence S. Cunningham, brings
to life the beautiful, and often unfamiliar, spirituality of the
Eastern Orthodox Church through some of its most remarkable
members. It shows with simplicity and clarity that Christ and the
Gospel are often manifested in extraordinary ways in the lives of
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