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'“Delightful . . . a guidebook that starts where ordinary guidebooks leave off . . . a profound analysis of [St. Agnes Outside the Walls] as a representative of churches, specifically Roman Catholic ones, everywhere.” —The Christian Science Monitor “Enthralling, absorbing and exquisitely researched.” —Publishers Weekly “Margaret Visser makes the journey urgent and necessary, revelatory. . . . She convinces me that I will learn about architecture and archaeology, but also something I might have missed about a more elusive subject—myself.” —The Times (London) “Visser’s thoughtful perspective gives license to those who find transcendence and majesty—secular or religious—in spiritual architecture. Recommended.” —Library Journal “Reading the church building itself as a text, [Visser] renders its language of marble and mosaic into a splendid narrative whose subject is how an architectural space ‘can both express and recall epiphany.’ ” —The New Yorker “Wonderful food for the intellect as well as the soul.” —Toronto Star “Visser is a bestselling writer with a far-reaching mind, to whom readers can turn when, convinced of and satisfied with their own rational view of the universe, they wish to know more about that mysterious force that holds millions of people around the world—among them legions of rigorous thinkers, scientists, minds both scholarly and skeptical—on their knees in adoration in an ‘ordinary’ church.” —The Globe and Mail (Toronto)'
Publisher: Open Road Media