Contemplative Vision: A Guide to Christian Art and Prayer

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InterVarsity Press, Dec 21, 2010 - Religion - 181 pages
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"It is hard not to say `I told you so.' The first time I read Juliet Benner's `Oh Taste & See' column for Conversations journal I knew she had a rare gift for seeing---what others may miss---and describing---in a way that touches the soul---and I was pretty sure a wonderful book would follow. Here it is!"

Gary W. Moon, executive editor of Conversations

Juliet Benner was trained as a visual artist, so when she became a spiritual director, she found it natural to begin showing people how to meditate on Christian art treasures that are rooted in a passage of Scripture. She taught a way of encountering the Word behind both the words of Scripture and the artist's meditation on Scripture. This became a way of seeing art as an aid to contemplative prayer.

In each chapter of this book you'll encounter a passage of Scripture and a corresponding piece of art. You'll be guided into deeper levels of meaning and reflection through the text and the questions at the end of each chapter. In the process you'll find yourself entering into a new experience of prayer and meditation in God's presence.

"This is a beautiful and inspiring work that will help you reflect and respond to God not just with your mind but also with your heart and soul." Ruth Haley Barton, author of Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership

"A delightful and lavish feast, it left me hungry for more!" Margaret Guenther, author of Holy Listening
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
9
TRAnsFORMeD AWAReness
25
gAzing in stillness
46
TRAnsFORMeD VIsIOn
65
immAnuel god with us
78
reCognizing Christ
99
TRAnsFORMeD LIVInG
109
CAlled to follow
122
seeing Christ in others
133
BeAring Christ
144
seeing And serving
155
Transforming Vision
165
Suggestions for Use in Spiritual Direction
174
Image Credits
180
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About the author (2010)

Juliet Benner is an international retreat and workshop leader who speaks frequently in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. She is a trained spiritual director and has served as a consultant in art and spirituality at the Carey Centre on the campus of the University of British Columbia (Vancouver). She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, with her husband, David, who shares her passion for hiking, nature, art and music.

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