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Life in Christ

ByMary Jane MIllerJudyth Hill

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Life in Christ, Knowledge of God made visible in Jesus the Man. Christian art and theology have ascribed to Mary, Mother of Jesus, a holiness that everyday women could not possibly attain. We can say the same thing about Jesus the Christ. Mary Jane Miller takes a closer look at how we might better consecrate their legacy to the population in today’s world. The discussions in Life in Christ, will serve a wider audience to broaden an already lively discussion about the spiritual context we live in, and the important topic of women’s voices still being discovered in today’s society. Today women can stand equally beside men in a more contemporary vision of the world. Mary Jane Miller's book addresses the possibility of cultivating new attitudes based on stories written in another era. The hierarchy of yesterday has served its purpose well, yet there is more wisdom to be gleaned as our societies evolve. I want to add my voice and interpretations of sacred art and theology to those who speak for our collective future as holy people. Women’s voices and their images have been lacking in Christian theology for 2,000 years. It is documented that inquisitive women like myself were around in Christ’s time, listening to His message and learning from Him. Where are their words and illustrations to expand the teachings to fit better in today’s world of crisis, climate change, violence and human misery? The early mystics revealed their wisdom through ancient disciplines in art and the written word. It is time to re-frame their insights with today’s lifestyle and navigate novel ways to be fully spiritual in our world. God’s church is larger than buildings, doctrines and precepts. Humanity is approaching a global mind where the human heart is sitting on the edge of change. The church teachings have regarded humanity as less than God’s divine Creation, and the consequences of placing that divinity below Jesus and Mary has hurt everyone. While I am deeply respectful of the iconography tradition and knowledgeable of its long history, I want my book to challenge the male-dominated church landscape of today’s theology. Life in Christ Knowledge of God made visible in Jesus the Man is a 110-page book that incorporates 30 full-color plates of my paintings, a collection of contemporary iconography using a mixture of egg yolk and ancient dirt. The practice of Iconography is a visual language about God that comes alive in color and texture through practice, patience, and prayer.


Publication Date
Dec 20, 2008
Religion & Spirituality
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
By (author): Mary Jane MIller, Edited by: Judyth Hill, Cover design or artwork by: Mary Meade


Interior Color
US Trade (6 x 9 in / 152 x 229 mm)

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