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Makoto Fujimura is a world-class artist and thinker and this book gives an insight into his heart and mind. A series of connected essays to help creatives and entrepreneurs and churches to value beauty and art more highly as vital parts of care for this world. My only critiques of this book are that I wish it was longer, but as an introduction to provoke reflection and action it's a great primer, and in light of its length I wish it were ordinarily a little cheaper. But, it makes a vital contribution to a much needed conversation to freshly awaken wonder and care through culture and business.
Can't particularly recommend this. I was really excited for it but didn't even end up finishing it, and then I donated it. I appreciate the effort and where he was trying to go with it, but I just couldn't find it interesting enough.
I have mixed feelings about this book. I gave it four stars because just the chapter on Emily Dickenson and Vincent Van Gogh, and their relationship with society and the church was well worth the price to me. The book has other strengths, too. Fujimura does seem to be a bit elitist, as he thinks we should rely on experts from the arts and social sciences to teach us how to understand the arts, including literature and music. I think we could do without that, thank you very much. I did enjoy the sample of his work shared in the beginning of the book. He does lovely art work himself, and he is insightful insofar as the dreadful consequences of the materialistic, utilitarian philosophy that has deluged our culture and the church. As he points out, it's high time we got it together.
Fujimura addresses many issues facing artists, their potential roles in society, evaluates what might or might not be important, and puts forth creative suggestions from principle and his experience. I made a lot of highlights in the book and took notes and will certainly incorporate some of his insights into my life.
In this dark season of Covid 19, it is wonderful to discover an essay that cultivates light and moments of beauty. It inspires glimpses of daily natural beauty as well as serves as a great launching pad for discussion in my small Bible study group. It inspired a little more art in each one within our group--as well as an appreciation of the artwork of others. In a world and time that seems dark with Covid, this book adds light and encourages us to find our paintbrush.
I'm annoyed I had to read it for a class. I'm an artist, and a lot of the comments the author made rubbed me the wrong way. Waste of money for someone who thinks it's unwise to buy a bouquet of flowers when you're struggling to buy even food.
Compelling ideas from the author sparks deep reflection about what it means to feel called by God to be an artist and how ones art can generate positive energy in this broken world. It was a hope filled thoughtful read.