In Mother of God Similar to Fire, priest-iconographer William Hart McNichols and spiritual writer Mirabai Starr help make the eternal figure of Mary vibrantly accessible. These 50 selected images of Mary are illuminated by Starr's lyrical prose-poems. Icons and reflections embrace diverse expressions of Mary, from Greek and Italian, to Latina, Black, and Native depictions. With names as beautiful as the icons themselves- Mother of God Given Eagle Wings, She Who Hears the Cry of the World, and Mother of All Nations- these images of Mary remind us of what matters most, what endures when all seems lost, and what grace may yet be available to us if we only meet fear with love.
William Hart McNichols, a priest and icon painter, lives in Taos, New Mexico. Described by Time magazine as being "among the most famous creators of Christian iconic images in the world," his work has been featured in several books, including "You Will Be My Witnesses"; The Bride; Christ, All Merciful; and Mary, Mother of All Nations.
Mirabai Starr, who also lives in Taos, speaks and leads retreats on the connections between teachings of the mysteries, contemplative practice, and social action. She has translated and written introductions for works by St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila, and has edited writings of St. Francis and St. Hildegard of Bingen.