Sunday, August 28, 2011
3 IVP art books
These are three books that I've read or that I look forward to reading. Thanks to the good people at IVPress for sending advanced copies. (Descriptions are taken from the IVP website.)
1. Contemplative Vision: A Guide to Christian Art and Prayer by Juliet Benner.
This is a great book for those who are looking for a marriage between lectio divina and the visual arts (or as it's often called, visio divina). It'd be suitable for personal devotion as well as for small groups. It includes artworks like Jean-François Millet's "The Angelus" and He Qi's "The Visitation," but I think Caravaggio's "The Supper at Emmaus" arrested my attention the longest.
2. The Soul Tells a Story: Engaging Creativity with Spirituality in the Writing Life by Vinita Hampton Wright.
Some of the interesting chapter titles include "The Heart-Stopping Act of Saying Yes," "How to Craft but Not Control While Using Both Sides of the Brain" and "How to Thrive as a Creative in the Real World." I've yet to read this book but I have a hunch it'll do me a measure of good.
3. Word Pictures: Knowing God Through Story & Imagination by Brian Godawa.
The two quotes that start the book off are by G. K. Chesterton and Jane Austen.
"Imagination does not breed insanity. Exactly what does breed insanity is reason. Poets do not go mad; but chess-players do. Mathematicians go mad, and cashiers, but creative artists very seldom. I am not in any sense attacking logic: I only say that this danger does lie in logic, not in imagination." -- Chesterton, Orthodoxy
"It would surely be much more rational if conversation rather than dancing made the order of the day...."
"Much more rational ... I daresay; but it would not be near so much like a ball." -- Austen, Pride and Prejudice