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The Closeness of God - 9781904785675
The Closeness of God
The Art and Inspiration of Sieger Köder
[Paper Back]

In the words of author, Gemma Simmonds:

“There is no aspect of human life and emotion where God is not present. Yet God’s way of being present often confounds our expectations and our preconceived notions. Moments of joy, of intimacy, of confusion and despair can be the opportunity for a deeper awareness of God’s presence."


Köder Images in the book:


Covenant - The Promise

Vision - The Promise

Green Pastures - The Promise

Jubilation - The Promise

Magnificat - The Promise

Rosenberg Nativity

Insight - The Invitation

Turning Point - The Invitation

Home - The Invitation

Celebration - The Invitation

Real Me - The Invitation

Hidden Place - The Invitation

Trusting - The Closeness of God

Unexpected - The Closeness of God

Be Calm - The Closeness of God

Stronghold - The Closeness of God

The Washing of Feet

The Last Supper - The Closeness of God

Understanding - Folly of God


Gemma Simmonds is a sister of the Congregation of Jesus. She lectures in pastoral theology and spirituality at Heythrop College, University of London and has a background in teaching, university and prison chaplaincy and spiritual direction. She has a wealth of experience using the paintings of Sieger Köder in lectures and retreats in many different countries, and she continues to find something new in the images every time she uses them.


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