"Maggie Ross has established a very distinctive voice in writing about the life of the spirit. Richly resourced from the historic tradition, but constantly pressing the most radical question of all, the question of how we can speak of a reality that requires us to let go of controls, images, systems, even--or especially--'spiritual experiences,' this book is a welcome addition to a series of deeply focused and challenging works from a very serious and substantial thinker."
--Rowan Williams, Cambridge University
"I knew for years that silence would nourish my soul, but I never understood why until I actually made room for it. I still feel like a novice, but Writing the Icon of the Heart has injected passion into my heart as I behold the Lord in faithful silence. This is a beautiful book."
--John H. Armstrong, President, ACT3 Network
"This book in particular, and Maggie Ross in general, represent a much-needed locus and focus for spirituality: deep insight and living practice over mere theology, living fire more than sweet piety, naked seeking of God and love unhindered by churchiness or smallness."
--Fr. Richard Rohr, Founding Director, Center for Action and Contemplation
"I have often thought of Jesus as the Undistracted One who was always aware of his Father's presence in a way we seldom are. Maggie Ross lives that undistracted life better than anyone I know, and the eloquence of her words allows us a glimpse into that beholding that is the awareness of his presence."
--James P. Danaher, author of Contemplative Prayer: A Theology for the Twenty-first Century
"This collection of essays by Maggie Ross spirals around the themes of silence, beholding, and letting go. Examples are drawn from Ross's own life and from her extensive reading, including excerpts from seldom-quoted Syriac spiritual masters. For Ross, beholding is more than seeing. It is inward vision springing from the 'deep mind': non-linear, non-controlling, and self-emptying."
--Fr. Charles Cummings, author of Monastic Practices
"Maggie Ross is already well known for her ability to express what defies expression. In Writing the Icon of the Heart she draws her reader through a vivid engagement with creation and a jarring acknowledgment of human suffering toward the transfiguration of human life in beholding God's presence. This is a book that gives hope to a jangled, distracted world."
--Bill Countryman, author of Calling on the Spirit in Unsettling Times
"Maggie Ross writes in the silence that births language and lays it to rest. I'll share this book with an Anglican wondering whether her simple, steady skepticism means she has lost her faith; with a gay friend longing for communion and struggling with his Roman Catholic church's condemnation of homosexuality; and with a Buddhist whose compassionate practice teaches me so much about prayer. Then I'll read it again."
--Donald Schell, President, All Saints Company