Icons as a means of grace by John de Gruchy

Icons as a means of grace by John de Gruchy

In his latest book, Icons as a means of grace, John de Gruchy guides the reader through the history of Christian icons and explains their theological and spiritual significance. In his own words, ‘Many Protestant Churches, not least those in the Reformed tradition, have come to a new understanding of the sacramental nature of Christianity, the dramatic character of liturgy, the importance of symbols – in short, of the importance of worshipping God with all our senses. In the process some have also come to appreciate and appropriate icons as a gift of God preserved by the Orthodox for the benefit of us all. Respecting differences, we discern commonalities; treasuring our own legacies, we discover the wealth in that of others.’ The text is accompanied by 16 full colour plates from the School of Iconography in Hermanus, where Isobel de Gruchy teaches and paints icons.