the visio-divina bookshelf
by Mel Ahlborn

Selections from the library, with the convenience of one-click purchase through the Associates program. All purchases referred from earn a 4% cash commission for the Visio Divina Program.

Celebrating Pluralism
by F. Graeme Chalmers

Chalmers describes how art education programs promote cross-cultural understanding, recognize racial and cultural diversity, enhance self-esteem in students' cultural heritage, and address issues of ethnocentrism, stereotyping, discrimination, and racism. After providing the context for multicultural art education, Chalmers examines the implications for art education of the broad themes found in art across cultures. (

The Artist's Reality: Philosophies of Art
by Mark Rothko

Rothko longed to discover a new, post-Christian "myth" that could express a unified outlook on life by embodying "the world of ideals." Little did he realize at the time that the resolution of his dilemma would be based on a radically new approach to handling paint and using color. —Cathy Curtis (


Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art
by Madeleine L'Engle

Walking on Water collects 12 brief meditations by Madeleine L'Engle on the nature of art and its relation to faith. L'Engle, the beloved author of A Wrinkle In Time among others, has written and spoken widely and wisely about the connection between religion and art.


The Manga Bible
by Siku, 2007

The Manga Bible is a Bible adaptation created in the style of 'Manga', which is Japanese for 'comics' or 'whimsical images.' The concept artist for the project, Siku, has published four different volumes. One volume is available for purchase in the United States. the others are availble through Amazon UK.


Theological Aesthetics
by Gesa Elsbeth Thiessen, 2004

Artists working in the fields of faith seek to resolve the same subjects as theologians, past and present. In Theological Aesthetics both art and theology find common verbal ground. Thiessen edits centuries of discourse in theological aesthetics into tidy segments that can be read in 20 minutes or so. In doing so, she breaks open the subject for visual artists to study, to practice, and to make their own. Highly recommended.

The Mind of the Maker
by Dorothy L Sayers, 1941

In this book, noted author Dorothy Sayers views the creative process through a Trinitarian framework. She successfully applies the concept of Idea, Energy and Power to the Creator, the artist and the audience. This book will prove worthwhile for artists serious about working in the intersections of scripture, faith, social justice.

Grace and Necessity
by Rowan WIlliams, 2005

"The human artist, in creating out of love, never exhausts either herself or the world’s possibilities. Something new comes forth, both in the artwork and in the artist. God of course has nothing to uncover and Godself is perfectly transparent to itself (Wisdom 7:23). But this is not the case for us humans. The artist does not need to be a saint himself, but without his art we cannot discern what sanctity is, the relation of human making and God’s call that we love." from the online review of Grace and Necessity by The Rt. Rev. Pierre W. Whalon, D.D. more>

The Art of God
by Christopher Irvine, 2005

"The first chapter of The Art of God addresses the question of who we are in the visual terms of our being made 'in the image and according to the likeness of God.' Chapter 2 traces out the New Testament witness to Christ as the pattern of what it is that God is calling us to be and become as Christians. But this survey of the New Testament yields something more, a visio of Christianity as a religion of transformation, change and transfiguration. It is this vision that casts light upon the meaning of worship, and for this reason, the book begins not with a discussion of worship , but an outline of that vision as it is shown in Christian art and witnessed to in Scripture and Christian theological reflection." - from the Introduction

Likeness and Presence -
A History of the Image before the Era of Art
by Hans Belting, 1994

"Before the Renaissance and Reformation, holy images were treated not as 'art' but as objects of veneration which possessed the tangible presence of the Holy. ... In this magisterial book, Hans Belting traces the long history of the sacral image and its changing role - from surrogate for the represented image to an original work of art - in European culture." - from the back cover






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