Mother of God Similar to Fire

By William Hart McNichols (Illustrator); Mirabai Starr
Orbis Books, Hardcover, 9781570758942, 128pp.

Publication Date: October 2010

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In times of mingled hope and despair, of longing for the sacred combined with disillusionment, the image of Mary continues to hold tremendous appeal. Not only the mother of Jesus, but the quintessential Mother, the feminine face of the divine, fierce protector and gentle consoler, she serves as a source of inspiration, wisdom, vital essence of compassion and forgiveness. In Mother of God, Similar to Fire, priest-iconographer William Hart McNichols and mystical author, Mirabai Starr collaborate to help make the perennial wisdom and love of Mary vibrantly accessible. Selected images of Mary, illuminated by Starr's lyrical prose-poems, embrace such diverse expressions as the Black Madonna, Latina, Bosnian, Greek, Italian, and Native depictions of Mother Mary. In these images of Mary we are reminded of what matters most, of what endures when all else seems lost, of what grace may yet be available when we meet fear with love.

About the Author
William Hart McNichols, a priest and icon painter, lives in Taos, New Mexico. Described by Time as being "among the most famous creators of Christian iconic images in the world," his work has been featured in several books, including "You Will Be My Witnesses," The Bride, Christ, All Merciful, and Mary, Mother of All Nations. Daughter of the counterculture, Mirabai Starr was born in New York in 1961 to secular Jewish parents. She has been an adjunct professor of Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos since 1993. Mirabai speaks and teaches nationally and internationally on the wisdom of the mystics and contemplative practice.Mirabai is also a critically acclaimed author and translator of sacred literature. She teaches and speaks widely on contemplative practice, interspiritual experience, and the transformational power of loss. Her works include "Dark Night of the Soul" by John of the Cross, "The Interior Castle" and "The Book of My Life" by Teresa of Avila and "The Showings of Julian of Norwich", "Mother of God Similar to Fire" (in collaboration with iconographer, William Hart McNichols) and "Contemplations, Prayers, and Living Wisdom" (Sounds True). "God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam" positions her at the forefront of the emerging Interspiritual Movement.
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