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Christian Spirit
editor: Judith Fitzgerald and Michael O. Fitzgerald
Subject(s): Grade Level / Lexile


11 – 12 / Lexile measure: 1210L

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6" × 7.25" / 176 pages

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Christian Spirit invites readers to discover the extraordinary wisdom and beauty of Christianity throughout its 2,000 year history. Combining quotations from well-known Christian authors with stunning examples of Christian art (including architecture, icons, illuminated manuscripts, medieval painting, and statuary), it will appeal to Christians of all denominations, as well as those of other faiths seeking a deeper understanding of Christianity. Ideal to be used for daily meditation, this book is an invitation to discover the eternal spirit that has inspired Christians since the earliest times.  


  • Winner of the Gold Midwest Book Award for “Religion & Philosophy”

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“Collaboratively compiled and edited by Judith Fitzgerald and Michael Fitzgerald, Christian Spirit is a welcome source of inspiration and meditation. An inspiring blend of images of early Christian art and the wisdom of great Christian souls from the earliest times of the Christian movement, Christian Spirit presents combinations of words and pictures that make it useful as a resource quote book. Offering a 150 page glimpse into the wealth of wisdom that has illuminated the efforts of Christian seekers after the Kingdom of Heaven for two thousand years, Christian Spirit is exceptional and enthusiastically recommended reading for all members of the Christian community regardless of denominational affiliation.”
Midwest Book Review
“This is a beautiful book that captures the nobility of the human spirit in pursuit of God. Writings from great spiritual teachers throughout the ages shine like jewels on every page. This book is a worthwhile treasure for those who seek the pearl of great price.”
Sr. Ilia Delio, O.S.F., Washington Theological Union, and author of Crucified Love: Bonaventure's Mysticism of the Crucified Christ
“Each of these profound quotations and each of these wonderful images take us back centuries in time; they also take us to the very heart of what matters in the world. Readers should dwell on them. Meditating on just one of these every morning will add depth to each day.”
John Chryssavgis, author of In the Heart of the Desert
“This beautifully illustrated book shows the reader where all the Christian denominations could find their unity: in sacred art and in spiritual depth. It is indeed the same spirit which runs through the diversity of forms. It shows that the Christian heritage still shines today in its sacred art. This book is also a wonderful contribution to what should unite all the believers of the world.”
Jean-Pierre Lafouge, Marquette University
“This delightful, pocket-sized book lends itself to becoming a companion for the thoughtful religious person on his or her journey through a secular world. As nourishing to the eye as to the intellect, it offers carefully selected insights from writers from the earliest Christian era to the Middle Ages, from Syria, Alexandria, Lyons, Assisi and Norwich, to name but a few of the homes of these spiritual giants. The text is beautifully juxtaposed to inspirational illustrations, all breathtakingly beautiful, be they of mosaics, manuscripts or appropriately sepia-tinted photographs of classic monastic sites.”
Hannah Hunt, independent scholar working in Patristics and Early Church history in universities throughout England
“A copy of this beautiful little book should be in every home. Offering after offering overwhelms us with consciousness of Heaven’s generosity to Christianity in the way of sacred art, whether it be the art of the icon, the art of book illumination or the marvels of Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic architecture.”
Martin Lings, author of Ancient Beliefs and Modern Superstitions and The Sacred Art of Shakespeare: To Take upon Us the Mystery of Things
“The goal of this splendid book is to provide a taste of both the spiritual wisdom and sacred art (iconography) of Christianity during the first 1500 years of its existence. Another goal is to present on almost every page stunningly beautiful works of art in color (mostly icons) that embody the spiritual vision of Christianity. Combining exquisite art and short quotes from the Church Fathers (mostly Eastern) make this volume a spiritual gem of inspiration for daily meditation. Makes a superb gift.”
Light and Life Publishing

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