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Breath for the Bones: Art, Imagination and…

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by Luci Shaw

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I have followed Luci Shaw for years and her poetry has touched me. This book is not a collection of her poems but her reflections on creativity though a few of her poems are included. She gives thought provoking insights into faith and art. Shaw keeps a daily journal and encourages everyone to do that so we can articulate what we are seeing and learning about God and the world around us.
I come from a Reformed perspective and Shaw is an Anglican and her theology comes from that perspective so I differ with some of her views about the arts in worship. Overall though I found more that I agree than disagree with in this book. She makes you think and to appreciate the beauty in God's World and Word. I recommend this book to those who want to have a greater understanding of Christian thinking about the art ( )
  janimar | May 1, 2009 |
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“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.

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