Wounded in Spirit: Advent Art and Meditations

[Ebook] ➠ Wounded in Spirit: Advent Art and Meditations ➦ David Bannon – Johndore.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 176 pages
  • Wounded in Spirit: Advent Art and Meditations
  • David Bannon
  • English
  • 20 September 2019
  • 1640601457

About the Author: David Bannon

David Bannon taught college for many years and publishes on art, history, culture, and translation He has appeared on The Discovery Channel, AE, and The History Channel and has been interviewed by NPR, Fox News and The Wall Street Journal He has lectured at libraries and museums and was curator of Asian art for the Florence Museum of Art and History in South Carolina He currently writes on wounds and grief, a result of his own brokenness he was convicted on felony charges in 2006 his daughter, Jessica, died in 2015 David currently lives in South Carolina with his wife and their cat, Yeti.


Wounded in Spirit: Advent Art and MeditationsChristmas Can Be A Time Of Joy But Also Of Tears, Memory And Prayer Celebration Does Not Always Come Easily In Twenty Five Illustrated Daily Readings We Commune With Scripture And The Wounded Artists That Gave The World Masterpieces Of Hope Gauguin, Tissot, Caravaggio, Tanner, Delacroix, Van Gogh, D Rer We Ve Heard The Names We Recognize The Paintings But Do We Know The Artists They Were Flawed And Often Troubled People A Widower That Saw A Vision Of Christ A Murderer Who Painted Himself As Peter A Grieving Father That Drew His Sons As Jesus And John An Orphan Who Saw His Salvation In The Holy Family Despite Their Wounds Perhaps Because Of Them These Artists Achieved The Sublime Their Humanity Inspires Us Based On The Latest Research In History And Grief, Wounded In Spirit Returns Us To Where Christian Art Began From Mourning In Roman Catacombs To Works Of The Masters, We Join The World S Great Religious Artists On Their Pilgrimages Of Hope And Brokenness In Their Wounds, In Our Wounds, We May Once Again Encounter God With Us

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10 thoughts on “Wounded in Spirit: Advent Art and Meditations

  1. Cindy Rollins says:

    This is an expensive and beautiful book with rich color plates and a nice ribbon to keep your place The paper is high quality and it is simply lovely The theme is much different from the usual Advent fare In a sense it is about suffering It is about the art of Advent and the church through the ages through the eyes of wounded men Most of the artists represented in this book lost a child or a family member along the way The book touches on the depth of sorrow and its manifestation in the ar This is an expensive and beautiful book with rich color plates and a nice ribbon to keep your place The paper is high quality and it is simply lovely The theme is much different from the usual Advent fare In a sense it is about suffering It is about the art of Advent and the church through the ages through the eyes of wounded men Most of the artists represented in this book lost a child or a family member along the way The book touches on the depth of sorrow and its manifestation in the art of Advent It is a stark reminder that Christ was born into a real world full of suffering and longing and not a pretend romantic world Perhaps that means this book is not for everyone, but if you do find yourself sometimes suffering with loss during the holiday season you will probably appreciate the depth and beauty of this volume

  2. Michele Morin says:

    In just a few days, we ll begin the season of Advent Even if you don t observe much else on the liturgical calendar, it s hard to avoid the on ramp to Christmas Instead of counting shopping days and check marks on my do list, my practice has been to think of Advent as a time of preparation for the celebration of Jesus s birth There s no magic formula for this When my sons were all young and enthusiastic and boisterous , we did a daily project baking together, crafting an ornament, visitin In just a few days, we ll begin the season of Advent Even if you don t observe much else on the liturgical calendar, it s hard to avoid the on ramp to Christmas Instead of counting shopping days and check marks on my do list, my practice has been to think of Advent as a time of preparation for the celebration of Jesus s birth There s no magic formula for this When my sons were all young and enthusiastic and boisterous , we did a daily project baking together, crafting an ornament, visiting a nursing home, or even bailing out of the homeschool schedule early and reading big stacks of Christmas books We ve looked at Old Testament prophecies and thought about the message of the angel, the response of the shepherds, and the visitation of the mysterious magi Advent puts time on our side forin depth teaching than can ever happen in a quick read through of Luke 2 on Christmas eve.One component of Advent that seems to get lost in the tinsel is the recognition that Jesus had a very somber and serious reason for showing up all pink and newborn in that Bethlehem manger He would grow up to bear our griefs and to carry our sorrows, to be wounded and bruised so that we could know healing and peace From time to time all of us feel the dissonance of Christmas joy alongside regular old December stress, and to varying degrees our own experiences have confirmed that Simeon s prophecy of a heart piercing sword is not the only evidence that the Incarnation started out tinged with blood.David Bannon is a grieving father who knows the bitter taste of disappointment with life, and with himself He was convicted of felony charges in 2006, and, then, in January of 2015 his twenty six year old daughter died of a fentanyl laced heroin overdose He found his way back into a true and heartfelt celebration of Christmas by embracing the grief as well as the solace expressed in Christian art The result is Wounded in Spirit Advent Art and Meditations, a collection of twenty five meditations based on paintings that become devotional in nature as they convey truth rather than arguing for it xi Leaning into the joy as well as the sorrow during Advent prepares the heart for a celebration of Christ s birth that is rooted in hope Since grief can ruin or mature us, 11 there is wisdom in bringing it out into the open to do its work, and Bannon employs a palette of Scripture references, quotations from great literature, and images of masterpieces from a collection of flawed, troubled, and wildly talented artists in his creation of twenty five meditations to carry the pause of communion through the season of Advent.Wounded in Spirit Advent Art and Meditations, is a guide for those who, perhaps, would not appreciate atraditional approach to Advent, but who would find companionship in the healing knowledge that they do not suffer alone.Many thanks to Paraclete Press for providing a copy of this book to facilitate my review which has been offered, of course, freely and with honesty

  3. Jeffrey Schallick says:

    Unique and moving for both what it does and does not bring to the table, this book is a refreshing and excellent read for advent Unlike most advent books with clean and conclusive devotionals, this book isof a springboard for meditation through basic title themes, brief scripture, and its primary strength, the artwork and its artist s story With tackling the difficult topic of sorrow that always seems to be exacerbated during the holiday season, leaving behind the typical clean and neat Unique and moving for both what it does and does not bring to the table, this book is a refreshing and excellent read for advent Unlike most advent books with clean and conclusive devotionals, this book isof a springboard for meditation through basic title themes, brief scripture, and its primary strength, the artwork and its artist s story With tackling the difficult topic of sorrow that always seems to be exacerbated during the holiday season, leaving behind the typical clean and neat devotional model was ideal It set this book up to truly help and comfort those struggling with sorrow, especially those who have lost loved ones, where easy answers and platitudes often doharm than good Offering up the story behind the various featured paintings also added a new depth and meaning to each work, allowing the reader to connect with art in ways they may have struggled before Despite its focus on such a hard topic, this book manages to offer healing and hope, whether directly through its written words or the meditation it so easily inspires For those weighed down and struggling with sorrow or simply learning how to not be afraid of such a prevalent state, this book is a great read to begin to process that sorrow In that process, it allows those entering advent to seek a deeper connection with God in light of the world s brokenness that the lights and joys of Christmas cannot always mend

  4. Bill Williams says:

    The format of the book is amazing Art, meaning, scripture and quotes However, the notes and bibliography were the most helpful to me.

  5. Jeannette says:

    Loved the art and the introduction to new to me artists But would have liked deeper spiritual content But the art

  6. Joy Matteson says:

    A beautiful Advent art collection for meditation I loved every page.

  7. Kelly says:

    This book invites the reader to think about faith and loss using the lives and art of 25 different painters as a lens Points of thought are sharpened or turned by quotes poetry after each biography I found the book both interesting and comforting grief is usually not so openly acknowledged.

  8. Barb Butz says:

    This book was filled with lovely masterpieces, and the stories of loss regarding the artists who created them The artwork was beautiful to behold and the backstory was meaningful and deeply moving One challenge I had with the book was its references to artwork that was not featured in the book This made thoroughly being immersed difficult for me, as I either had to peruse the internet or I had to simply gloss over that section of the artist s work Given the abundance of quotes in the book an This book was filled with lovely masterpieces, and the stories of loss regarding the artists who created them The artwork was beautiful to behold and the backstory was meaningful and deeply moving One challenge I had with the book was its references to artwork that was not featured in the book This made thoroughly being immersed difficult for me, as I either had to peruse the internet or I had to simply gloss over that section of the artist s work Given the abundance of quotes in the book and duplicate artwork small snippets of paintings that accompanied quotes and verses , I would prefer to seeart and reframe the quotes to visually engage the readerthoroughly in the topic at hand missing masterpieces

  9. Marcia says:

    Wow Just 13 days in and I m all the feels Each day I connect with something From Millets Angleus to meeting new artist Juan Baptist Simeon Chardin This has been a journey that I m taking with many friends Well worth an Advent journey.

  10. Amanda Patchin says:

    Beautiful meditation in art, prose, and poetry on the expectation of Advent Not a sweet or sentimental book but one that touches the grief of this world of tears where sorrows touch the heart.