Friday, November 25, 2016

Book Nook: Walking on Water - Reflections on Life and Art

I recently had a chance to review Walking on Water: Reflections on Life and Art by Madeleine L'Engle. I loved reading her books both as a child and as an adult, and really appreciate her perspective on spiritual matters. In fact, I learned about one of my favorite spiritual concepts - Namasté - from her. It's a concept that spans all religions, and recognizes that God made the world, and so every part of it has God's fingerprints.

This book is focused around art. It includes personal anecdotes from L'Engle's life as well as quotes that have helped shaped her thinking, all while trying to answer the question of what makes art Christian. Just like the concept of Namasté, L'Engle argues that nearly all art is Christian art, as it reflects God's creation, whether or not the artist is Christian. She also explores the purpose of art and her experiences with it.

It was a book of essays that was easy to read. Each essay is standalone, but the book together pulls in a variety of her own viewpoints for a more fully fleshed-out definition of art.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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