Art and Faith: A Theology of Making Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From a world-renowned painter, an exploration of creativity's quintessential - and often overlooked - role in the spiritual life
Conceived over 30 years of painting and creating in his studio, this book is Makoto Fujimura's broad and deep exploration of creativity and the spiritual aspects of "making". What he does in the studio is theological work as much as it is aesthetic work. In between pouring precious, pulverized minerals onto handmade paper to create the prismatic, refractive surfaces of his art, he comes into the quiet space in the studio, in a discipline of awareness, waiting, prayer, and praise.
Ranging from the Bible to T. S. Eliot, and from Mark Rothko to Japanese Kintsugi technique, he shows how unless we are making something, we cannot know the depth of God's being and God's grace permeating our lives. This poignant and beautiful book offers the perspective of, in Christian Wiman's words, "an accidental theologian", one who comes to spiritual questions always through the prism of art.
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|Listening Length||5 hours and 59 minutes|
|Author||Makoto Fujimura, N.T. Wright - foreword|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||March 30, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #30,057 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#11 in Theology (Audible Books & Originals)
#14 in Art History & Criticism (Audible Books & Originals)
#166 in Arts & Photography Criticism
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This book refreshes the soul with every page.
This book is not about just art. It is about seeing our creativity and making as part of the coming New Creation. It is about our invitation to partner with God in creation.
While most theology books carry a tone of restriction and limitation, Art & Faith carries a tone of empowerment and invitation.
I came to it thinking it was a book that might give me some help in how to be a Christian and a writer (while admittedly Fujimara is an artist, he's writing about the arts in general), but apart from a few not greatly original thoughts, there was little concrete to take hold of. Fujimara comes across as an earnest seeker of a way to be Christian and an artist in this world, and plainly achieves that in his own life and art. His method of communicating it, for me, wasn't achieved nearly as well. Too much repetition, too much use of the same few ideas as springboards for discussion with little that I could get my teeth into. Yes, I was looking for something more concrete, and there are a few things that struck a chord, but overall I found this distinctly underwhelming.
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