Archives For Art

 

The rampant consumerism of the Christmas season is a deep challenge for Christians…

But many of us still want to give gifts,
and what better to give than books,
especially beautiful ones!

 

So here are our picks for 10 of the most beautiful books of the year, that include books fit for a wide range of readers:

( PLUS, one bonus classic, that is worth giving in any year…)

 

#1 Wise Trees
By Diane Cook / Len Jenshel
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Yesterday (March 30) marked the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh, one of our favorite artists and certainly one of the most well-known artists in history.

 
In honor of the occasion, here are five essential books for understanding the artist, his faith  and his work… 

 

1) Van Gogh: Complete Works

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It has only been within the last 75 years or so that Women artists have been widely recognized in the Art world. 

In honor of Women’s History Month, here are seven of our favorite artists whose work you should know…

 

MORE Great Reading For
Women’s History Month

(at the end of this list…)

 
 

Frida Kahlo
(1907-1954)

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The Shimmering Illumination
of God’s Presence

 
A Review of 

The Faithful Artist. A Vision for Evangelicalism and the Arts
Cameron Anderson

Paperback: IVP Academic, 2016
Buy Now: [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
 
Reviewed by by Rhodara Shreve
 
 

This review first appeared on the Artway website,
and is reprinted here with permission.

 
Cameron Anderson has written a compelling book of Evangelicalism’s historical role in shaping religious life as well as tracing the unique focus of this particular stream as to the visual arts. As the historical context has played a role in shaping the acceptance of artistic expressions, Anderson brings a breadth of perspective by reviewing the different philosophical and theological developments of thought that impacted how various artists redefined and revolutionized this historical flow. By weaving together the impact of different individuals who were key in influencing the thinking of various periods up to our current age of postmodernism, he notes artistic expressions that uniquely reflected these prevailing views. Bringing together an interfacing of Evangelicals with their cultural contexts as well as with Catholic and Orthodox artistic contributions, he shows how these streams of Christianity sometimes evoked extreme theological reactions resulting in dramatic effects on art within the church. The conflict between word and image has been an enduring tension for Evangelicals, to say the least.

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This week marks the release of the latest book by Makoto Fujimura, the renowned artist and author!

 
In honor of its release, we’re giving away
THREE copies of this new book…
 

Culture Care: Reconnecting with Beauty for Our Common Life
by Makoto Fujimura
Paperback: IVP Books

 
 

Enter to win a copy of this book!

Enter now to win (It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!) :

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In honor of J.R.R. Tolkien’s 125th Birthday today, here’s a radio drama of one of my favorite stories of his…

 

Leaf By Niggle
J.R.R. Tolkien

Paperback: Harper Collins, 2016 Edition
Buy now:   [ Amazon ]
 

ALSO, Middle Earth Beyond the LOTR

 

Enjoy!!!

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Sunday (Nov. 6) marks the birthday of acclaimed pastor and writer, Eugene Peterson…

In honor of the occasion, we offer a series of our favorite brief video clips featuring Eugene Peterson

*** Books by Eugene Peterson

Conversation with Bono on the Psalms:

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The Process and the Product
 
A Feature Review of

Thumbprint in the Clay:
Divine Marks of Beauty, Order and Grace

Luci Shaw

Paperback: IVP Books, 2016
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Reviewed by Crystal Hurd
 
 
J.R.R. Tolkien, the father of modern fantasy, posited that creating art involves a process called “sub-creation.” Tolkien writes in “On Fairy-Stories” the origin of “sub-creation”:

The mental power of image-making is one thing, or aspect; and it should appropriately be called Imagination. The perception of the image, the grasp of its implications, and the control, which are necessary to a successful expression, may vary in vividness and strength: but this is a difference of degree in Imagination, not a difference in kind. The achievement of the expression, which gives (or seems to give) ‘the inner consistency of reality,’ is indeed another thing, or aspect, needing another name: Art, the operative link between Imagination and the final result, Sub-creation.

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

Silence and Beauty: Hidden Faith Born of Suffering

By Makoto Fujimura

Watch a trailer for this book

NEXT BOOK >>>>>

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Teaching Us to Slow Down

 
A Review of 
 

Prayer: Forty Days of Practice
Justin McRoberts, Scott Erickson

Paperback, 2016
Buy now:  
[ Amazon ]  [ From The Authors ]

 
Reviewed by C. Christopher Smith

 

The new book Prayer: Forty Days of Practice by Justin McRoberts and Scott Erickson is a unique book, that doesn’t teach us how to pray or offer a theology of prayer. Rather, what this elegant little book does is to offer a series of simple, but compelling images and brief guided prayers that are paired with each image. (See examples below)

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