For the Beauty of the Church
Casting a Vision for the Arts
Publication Date: March 2010
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Think of your local church. Without art--music, song, dance, etc.--it would be a much poorer place. But if protestants have any vision for the arts, it tends to be a thin one. This unique book is an attempt to contribute to a robust, expansive vision for the church and the arts. Its specific aim is to show how the many parts of the landscape of church and art hold together. You can think of it as a kind of helicopter flyover, but one with expert pilots. The guides include the likes of Eugene Peterson, Lauren Winner, Jeremy Begbie, Andy Crouch, and John Witvliet, helping to inspire readers and empower pastor-leaders with a vision of the church and the arts that is compelling, far-seeing, and profoundly transformative.
About the Author
Luci Shaw is a poet, essayist, lecturer and writer-in-residence at Regent College, Vancouver. Widely anthologized, her writing has appeared in numerous literary and religious journals. She coauthored three books with Madeleine L'Engle. In 2013 she received the Denise Levertov Award for Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University and Image, and she is a founding member of the Chrysostom Society of Christian Writers. In addition to Adventure of Ascent (IVP), her recent publications include Breath for the Bones: Art, Imagination & Spirit, Harvesting Fog, and a collection of her poems, Scape. Her papers are preserved in the Luci Shaw Collection at Wheaton College's Buswell Library. She lives in Bellingham, Washington.