Transformed by God's Word: Discovering the Power of Lectio and Visio Divina

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Bestselling author and biblical scholar Stephen J. Binz offers the first book to combine the ancient Western practice of lectio divina (sacred reading) with the lesser-known Eastern Orthodox tradition of visio divina (sacred seeing). Binz suggests a life-changing way to pray through twenty gospel readings paired with beautiful, never-before-published contemporary icons.

St. Benedict urged his followers to listen to God's Word "with the ear of the heart." Eastern Orthodox spiritual writers focused on gazing at icons, as St. Paul said, with "the eyes of the heart." Binz draws on the richness of both traditions by combining lectio and visio divina.

Contemplation is more difficult than ever during this digital age and Binz offers a proven and profound way to cut through the noise and pray the gospels. He will walk you through six steps: reading, seeing, meditating, praying, contemplating, and acting. Binz also provides simple suggestions for self-reflection that can lead to practical changes in your everyday life.

The book's twenty Bible passages--starting with the Annunciation and ending with Pentecost--are paired with full-color icons of each story. The original, never-before-published icons, written by Ruta and Kaspars Poikans, are displayed in the Unity Chapel at the Mary of Nazareth International Center in Israel.

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Stephen J. Binz is a popular Catholic speaker, biblical scholar, psychotherapist, and an award-winning author of more than forty books in biblical theology, commentary, and spirituality.

Ruta and Kaspars Poikans make icons, frescoes, mosaics, sculptures, and liturgical furnishings in their Saint Luke Workshop at Notre Dame des Dombes Abbey in France.

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"This skillful melding of lectio and visio divina helps the reader personally engage God's Word and be shaped by its power. Prepare to be blessed!" --Sarah Christmyer, Codeveloper and author of The Great Adventure Catholic Bible Study Program

"Stephen Binz has artfully combined his scholarship and love of icons to create a book that helps readers encounter Jesus Christ and enter into the crucial scenes that narrate his life." --Cackie Upchurch, Director of the Little Rock Scripture Study

"Skillfully uniting icons and scripture, Stephen Binz's meditations invite us toward wholeness and holiness, to hear with the heart's ear and see with the heart's eye." --Aidan Hart, Author of Icons in the Modern World

"As one who both practices and teaches visio divina, I highly recommend this book that beautifully links art, prayer, and the healing power of both." --Br. Mickey McGrath, O.S.F.S., BeeStill Studios

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