Breath For the Bones
In the tradition of Madeline L'Engle's Walking on Water and Dorothy Sayer's The Mind of the Maker, here is a rich and thought-provoking exploration of art, creativity, and faith. In this rich collection of thoughts on creativity and faith, Luci...
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In the tradition of Madeline L'Engle's Walking on Water and Dorothy Sayer's The Mind of the Maker, here is a rich and thought-provoking exploration of art, creativity, and faith. In this rich collection of thoughts on creativity and faith, Luci Shaw explores the intersection of the life of faith with the life of art. By helping the reader understand spiritual principles from looking at God's own creative life throughout Scripture and by providing the necessary tools for thinking Christianly about the arts, she challenges the artist in us all to ask how faith informs art, and how art can animate faith. Here is a fresh breath of encouragement to the imaginative mind...a clear guide to understanding both the theological framework of creativity and the call to be active participants in God's own creative life.
?The double question we must always ask is,?How does faith inform art?? and ?How can art animate faith
Imagination, appreciation of beauty, creativity: all of these qualities have been given to us by God. For the Christian artist, the drive to create something wonderful is also a means to glorify and better understand our Lord. Using excerpts from her own works as well as those of writers who have gone before her?Emily Dickinson, Annie Dillard, C.S. Lewis, and others?poet and writer Luci Shaw proves that symbolism and metaphor provide ways for humans to experience God in new and powerful ways.
Shaw offers a rich and thought-provoking exploration of art, creativity, and faith. Believing that art emanates from God, she shows how imagination and spirituality ?work in tandem, each feeding on and nourishing the other.? Faith informs art and art enhances faith. They both, for each other, are ?breath for the bones.?
Provocative, enlightening, and above all, inspiring, Breath for the Bones will help readers discover the artist within, and bring them further along the path to God Himself.
Include s Discussion Questions and Writing Exercises
Luci Shaw graduated from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, magna cum laude and is currently a writer-in-residence and lecturer at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada.
She has worked as a private Greek tutor, a free-lance editor, and an English stylist for The Living Bible and The Message. Shaw has also served as vice president, president and senior editor at Harold Shaw Publishers. She presently serves as Lay Eucharistic Minister and lector at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Bellingham, Washington.
Her poetry has been read on national television, and she has been interviewed on The Seven Hundred Club and Prime Time America. She has appeared in several magazine cover stories (such as in Today's Christian Woman and Christianity & the Arts), and many of her writings are being collected at the Buswell Library at Wheaton College in The Luci Shaw Collection.
She is the author of numerous books such as The Secret Trees (Campus Life Book of the Year) and God in the Dark (ECPA Gold Medallion Nominee). Shaw has also contributed poems and essays to many anthologies and periodicals such as Making Eden Grow (Scripture Union), Christianity Today and Reality & The Vision (Baker Book House). Her most recent poetry collections are Water Lines and The Green Earth (both Eerdmans). She is also coauthor of three books with Madeleine L'Engle, including Friends for the Journey.