29 August 2011

Faces of Christ, Book Review

Book description:

Jesus is one of the most commonly portrayed figures of all time in the artistic community. But what can all of his varying faces—coming from so many different ages and diverse countries around the world—tell us about him as a person? In this beautiful book, images of Jesus are used to explore his life and legacy, including Jesus as shepherd, Jesus as victor, Jesus as broken, and many more. With illuminating text and arresting images, this book is visually stunning and textually inspiring—the perfect gift for anyone with an interest in fine art, spirituality, or both.

My review:

Throughout the centuries artists have depicted Christ sometime sad, sometime reflective, often smiling but also in deep sorrow. The inside cover of The Faces of Jesus tell us:  'Jesus' face is the true face of humanity, as it was created to be, reflecting God's love and enjoyment of the world.'

Jane Williams walks us through the life of our Saviour, skilfully using art and words to illustrate Christology.
Beautiful paintings and images have been carefully chosen to show you definite moments in Jesus's life such as the Annunciation, the Nativity, His baptism and temptation, Miracles and  Ministry and much more!

Each artist viewed these specific moments in a different light and the author chose the illustrations to remind us of whom Jesus is and what He has done for us.
'The Last Supper' is an excellent example of the deep meaning thus revealed in a painting. Imagine for a moment a meal shared with friends, particularly when one of these friends is Jesus. It is a sorrowful meal for Jesus is soon to face death yet it is also the feast of the kingdom of God, where everyone is welcome and therefore also a moment of joyful hope.

An excellent addition to your personal library and an insight into the many faces of our Lord!
I give it 5 stars!

 I received this book free from KREGEL as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not asked to write a positive review and the opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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