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

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 presents 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 offers 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.” Popular speaker and retreat leader Stephen J. 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 walks 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594716522
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 02/05/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 17 MB
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About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

The Ancient Tradition of Lectio Divina 1

Experiencing God's Word through Icons 9

The Formative Experience of Lectio and Visio Divina 19

The Annunciation 27

The Visitation 37

The Nativity of Christ 47

The Presentation in the Temple 57

Jesus Is Found in the Temple 67

The Baptism of Jesus 77

The Wedding at Cana 87

The Proclamation of God's Kingdom 97

The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ 105

The Last Supper 115

The Agony of Jesus 123

The Flagellation of Christ 133

Here Is the Man 141

Carrying the Cross 149

The Crucifixion 157

The Resurrection 165

The Ascension 175

Pentecost 185

The Dormition of Mary 193

The Coronation of Mary 203

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