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I liked that the Gospels were used objects, cherished yet damaged and fragile. The Lithuanian-born Jewish philosopher, Emmanuel Levinas, in an interview on his theory of the face as ethical imperative, stated: "The face is not in front of me en face de moi but above me; it is the other before death, looking through and exposing death. Secondly, the face is the other who asks me not to let him die alone, as if to do so were to become an accomplice in his death.

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Thus the face says to me: you shall not kill. Perhaps the goal of religious art was to draw not just the viewer but the artist away from "his isolation, his subjectivity, his individualism" that he, as Bergman wrote, considered "almost holy. Over the course of that afternoon, the librarian showed me seven illuminated Gospels transcribed between the tenth and fourteenth centuries. The texts were written on grids of small impressions, lines and dots pressed into the parchment, visible only upon close inspection: the scribe's version of ruled paper.

One manuscript was bound with silver thread, another mildewed about its red ink, the marginalia crowded with a cramped hand.

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An illumination had been neatly razored from a page, perhaps hundreds of years ago to decorate a wall or to be carried for luck. In the depiction of the blind man being healed, Christ's eyes had crumbled, only one of his supplicant's remaining. On another page, Jesus was once again washing the feet of a disciple who looked tired or perhaps dismayed, the hand lifted to his own face brushing Jesus' halo with strange familiarity.

He brought another Gospel, broken metal emblems like medallions nailed to its gouged leather cover: Mark's winged lion, Luke's flying bull. Though home to the book of Revelation, Patmos had none of its illuminated texts. The East, he explained, was not as interested in it. It had been the West whose imagination was captured by the narrative of destruction. Rather, the manuscripts here contained only the Gospels, and what struck me were the page-sized icons of the evangelists.

Though the air about each apostle might be painted gold, as if he breathed divine light, he resembled a craftsman. He sat at a desk transcribing the contents of a scroll into a book. The lecterns from which the scrolls hung were similar in different manuscripts, the desks all with inkwells, knives for etching lines in parchment and compasses to draw the perfect circles of haloes. This was serious yet practical work, Luke scrutinizing the text, breathing gold. Mark had a stylus behind his ear, the strings of his gilded sandals undone as I might undo my shoelaces while researching in the library.

It wasn't just that there was less interest in Saint John's Revelation, but the images suggested that there was less interest in new revelation than in devotion and its daily work. Transcription was precisely this: time-bound, not sudden. The apostolic desks and implements suggested those of the scribes who had copied these very illuminations and texts. It was as if these men could not conceive of devotion as other than this diligence, each manuscript requiring years of their lives.

Studying these images, I considered my individualistic desire for inspiration and the tricky relationship between truth and imagination. Was this what I could learn, to challenge my investment in originality? From my research, I knew that iconographers did not value individual creativity in the same way. An image of Mary was believed to have been painted from life by Saint Luke and the likenesses of the apostles were thought to have been made when they were alive.

All icons referred back. The iconographer sought to purify the image of his own influence and never signed his work. Icons should be rendered with a minimum of detail and without drama, the faces almost inexpressive, showing not the earthly but the eternal. The icon's calm is like that which we might observe in the face of a meditator whose stillness evokes her inner state. The iconographer does not see himself as an artist so much as one who records and tries to reproduce and transmit, as faithfully as possible, the initial revelation: Christ revealing his divine nature.

This was the face that the devout studied, hoping that they themselves would be transfigured. What would it mean, as a writer, to depict such a face, one that exposes truths, that compels us to question our own importance, or our relationship to others and to the world? Whose would I choose, not as an artist but as one who rendered an image more true than any my individuality could invent?

Illuminations showed Christ's glorious empty visage, and yet the scribes did invent: the first letters of texts were drawn into doorways or towers or reaching hands; a tiny Saint John sat writing, crouched within the first epsilon of In the beginning there was the word. The last Gospel was from the fourteenth century, its images rudimentary, only Luke's face distinct within his halo, his cheeks gaunt, his gaze serious. The writer's work? Or had the Christian world come on hard times, Constantinople soon to fall to the Ottomans? My final week on Patmos, I considered time—that of transcription or invention or tradition, the age of manuscripts, the hackneyed brevity of our lives or of my vacation.

I wrote the arid landscape, the footpath rebuilt where winter rains washed it away, the stone fences up hillsides that appeared too steep to climb or the mountaintop town of Hora, a cluster of white boxes, the walls of homes built into each other. ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Melissa from Alpha Book Club Dec 13, Molly Lolly rated it really liked it.

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Original review on Molly Lolly Four stars! I really enjoyed this story. They were both open about who they are, but viewed it in completely different ways. AJ made my heart hurt. Watching him blossom and start to let Adam in was absolutely wonderful. The way he handled his panic at his triggers. You just feel his strength as a person dealing with all of those emotions. I adored Adam. He was funny and so sensual. Yet he was so caring and had his own demons to deal with. I kind of wanted to see him get that past pain resolved a bit more.

I liked that he was able to confront his past and work some of it out. I love how his feelings for AJ grow and kind of run away from Adam before he realizes how deep his feelings go. I love how those feelings just come out of the page. However I do think things worked out how they were supposed to for these two. They needed that time apart to have a better foundation for their relationship. I would love to see these characters again. Whether some of the side characters like Luke, Connor and Jax get stories.

Or we just get another AJ and Adam story. I want more. At times it almost felt like I was reading a sequel in a series when I had never read book 1. It was just confusing and found myself scratching my head throughout the story, which was incredibly frustrating. I think the idea behind the book was inspiring but the execution lacked, in my 3 Heart Review Usually this type of storyline I really love. I think the idea behind the book was inspiring but the execution lacked, in my opinion.

There are a few different storylines at play and a lot is thrown at the reader at once. Several different characters, several different issues but it all sort of centers around AJ and Adam. So, what starts as irritation quickly builds into attraction and thus forms the tentative relationship between the two. One thing was clear; these two were really hot together. The passion flowed nicely. Adam just seems incredibly immature but does grow throughout the story which is promising. Another thing I appreciated was all the social issues in this story and while they were many, this was a very informative read.

I appreciate the author wanting to tackle these issues but I do think a lot of these characters and issues could have had their own separate books because like I had mentioned it was very overwhelming. This book was provided free in exchange for a fair and honest review for Love Bytes. Go there to check out other reviews, author interviews, and all those awesome giveaways. Click below.

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May 24, Natosha Wilson rated it it was amazing. This is a book that hits on some very serious topics. It is a book that places these topics into the scenario of people's lives. The senerios range anywhere from transvestism, to cheating partner, to rape, to abuse, to cancer, to gender confusion. Even though they are so many different topics in this book, AM Leibowitz was able to incorporate each of these scenarios into the book without it being overwhelming or underplaying the situations.

Was able to bring the topics into the book and was This is a book that hits on some very serious topics. Was able to bring the topics into the book and was able to do justice to how important these topics are and how they can affect the individuals that are in these types of scenarios. I would say that the main characters are Adam and AJ because they are the two that the book revolves around but at the same time all of the other characters are just as important like Lauryn or Luke or Donny or even Connor just to mention a few of the characters in the book.

As far as Adam and AJ are concerned I think that both of these men have emotional issues with things from their past that has made it almost impossible for the two of them to have a relationship. I think that it is not so much what happened to them in their past but more to the point that neither of them know how to communicate with the other.

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They both have feelings for the other but when it comes time to voice to the other issues that can affect their relationship they are both tight lipped. The only way that these two are going to be able to work through their issues is if they learn to communicate with the other. And their lies the problem because they both seem to not want to upset the other.

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So I guess the question is, is not talking to one another worth the risk of losing each other. Will they grow stronger together or will they give each other up over misunderstandings and trust issues? I really enjoyed this read but as I said earlier their are a of different, difficult situations in this book that are addressed so if you have triggers to them you may not want to read this book. Otherwise I would highly recommend this read. Was given this book for free by inked rainbow reads for an honest review Apr 30, Cathy Brockman rated it really liked it Shelves: m-m , romance.

Adam is charming, sometimes too cock and likes to use innuendo. But he uses that to hide his insecurities. AJ is sexy, confident, and has many friends. He devotes his time to work, study and many causes he supports plus his friends. I loved this story. It is chock-full of intriguing characters. Maybe too full.

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I love a character driven story, but at first, I felt like maybe I Adam is charming, sometimes too cock and likes to use innuendo. I love a character driven story, but at first, I felt like maybe I picked up a book in a series. AJ had so many friends with problems, and it was as if I missed that story as well. Closer to the end we get some of this backstory that fills in most of the blanks. I love a character that at first is unlikeable and Adam was a bit overbearing in the beginning and soon let his barriers down.

I loved his cocky, positive attitude. A lot is going on in the story, so its pretty fast paced. The fundamental theological reason for the use of manual acts of devotion comes out of the mystery of the Incarnation. In the Incarnation we confess that God became man, and through his son Jesus, sought to reconcile the world to Himself. Because of this, the nature of all flesh has been changed forever. Jesus Christ, who is God incarnate, has shown us how the Father blessed the material world as a way of communicating Himself to us. As physical creatures we respond in love to the God who has come to us in the Christ event.

Our signs of devotion need not be confined to verbal expression alone, for we can outwardly demonstrate our faith through the physical actions of bowing, genuflecting and making the sign of the cross. O Almighty God, who pours out on all who desire it the spirit of grace and supplications: Deliver us, when we draw near to you, from coldness of heart and wanderings of mind, that with steadfast thoughts and kindled affections we may worship you in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Book of Common Prayer p. Liturgical Participation The liturgical participation of the congregation includes actions such as bowing, genuflecting and making the sign of the cross.


Theological Rationale The fundamental theological reason for the use of manual acts of devotion comes out of the mystery of the Incarnation. Devotional Actions Bowing The practice of bowing is an ancient custom that demonstrates reverence and respect. Bowing varies from the profound bow, from the waist, which is typically done by the priest and the liturgical ministers in the sanctuary, to the simple bow done by the people in the pews.