Monthly Adult Online Book Study (Mar-Oct) Begins March 8th 7:45 p.m. EST
ABOUT THE BOOK: In this first book to explore photography as a spiritual practice from a Christian perspective, Christine Valters Paintner builds on the process of contemplative creativity she introduced online at Abbey of the Arts and in her book The Artist's Rule. She considers how a camera can help readers open "the eyes of the heart."More than a book on photographic technique, Eyes of the Heart is about cultivating photography as a spiritual practice. Adapting the monastic practice of lectio divina (sacred reading) into a form of visio divina (sacred seeing), spiritual director and Benedictine oblate Christine Valters Paintner invites readers to a new way of viewing the world--through the lens of a camera. Paintner guides readers through six themes connecting the medium of photography with the Christian spiritual life. Each theme provides a photographic journey in which the reader does not simply take images, but receives images and learns to see with "the eyes of the heart" (Eph 1:18). Photos by the author are included.
ABOUT THE BOOK STUDY: We will meet online via Zoom for 8 months as a way to support this spiritual practice in a small community of participants. Registration is limited to 12 members in order to get the most out of sharing reflections together. Each month we will reflect on one chapter of the book. Facilitator, Ilona Bevan, will offer short interactive exercises throughout the study in addition to those offered in book that build on each month's focus.