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"If God is sovereign, then his lordship must extend over all of life, and it cannot be restricted to the walls of the church or within the Christian orbit." Abraham Kuyper Common Grace 1.1.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

The Wilderness and the Desert of the Real - Geoff Hall

The Wilderness and the Desert of the Real
Part 1 of 4 in Spiritual Direction in a Postmodern Landscape

Geoff Hall
Upptackka Press
ISBN 978-0-9568034-0-5
pbk, 59pp, £

What is Christian art? How does spirituality and art relate? What does it mean to be a Christian artist?

Is it more than painting biblical scenes or painting a sheep in each picture?  Geoff Hall maintains that it is more than that. In this, the first of four books, he looks at the calling of the Christian artist. A calling that involves desert and wilderness: 'between the Call and its realisation, comes The Wilderness!' p. 14. In the wilderness God can create a depth of character and experience that will help shape the artists work - and hopefully move beyond painting sheep in the picture!

Hall is not advocating an interaction of art and spirituality, an icing of spirituality on the cake of art he is seeking a robust integration of spirituality and art, of art and spirituality. Neither is he wanting an art through theology approach, as he rightly observes 'art is not theology' (p 33).

This is a great brief book; it can be read in less than an hour but will take hours to digest and meditate on the wisdom and insight it contains.

Contents

Introduction                                   10
Cast of Characters                         13
Direction through a Weary Land   17
At Work in the Digital Babel         21
The Desert of the Real                   25
Synthetic Spirituality                     31
Notebook                                       34
Also in this series                          52
About the author                           54



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1 comment:

geoffh said...

Thank you for your kind review. As a brief introduction to spirituality and art, it opens up the vista for the artist to travel through. As the series progresses, there will be an ever deepening of spiritual philosophy and the offer of an alternative to painting sheep on hillsides!

The book of course does not offer a prescriptive programme of linear development towards artistic 'success'.

I promise to develop the potential for a radical christian life and art practice which is culturally authentic and credible, that shuns the temptation to be 'relevant'!

Peace,

Geoff