Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Bookshelf Wednesdays - The Christian Imagination

This week's pick from my shelves is The Christian Imagination, edited by Leland Ryken.

This book is packed with insightful essays about arts and the Christian faith. It was a textbook when I was in grad school, but unlike some textbooks, this has kept a cherished place on my shelf. Any other artists out there who have discovered it?

Here are a few tidbits:

"Art is a means of renewing our eyes and our hearts...I am talking of a way, and I think a God-given way, for us to recognize his voice and his world."

"The greatest artist of all, the greatest imaginer of all, is the one who appears at the opening of Genesis."

"Christian freedom also is freedom from the sinful lust for money, from seeking man's praise, from the search for celebrity. It is the freedom to help a neighbor out and give him something to delight in."

"Art is here because God meant it to be here."

Dive in for thought-provoking essays by a range of Christian artists.


1 comment:

Cheryl Klarich said...

I need this book!
One more glimpse at what makes you such a brilliant writer and cool Christian friend!