Let’s get down to the heart of the matter with these two educational non-fiction reads this fall!:
Eyes of the Heart: Photography as a Christian Contemplative Practice, by Christine Valters Paintner~ Years ago I loved taking photographs of both nature and family events. I lost interest somewhere along the line, but I this past year I have picked the hobby back up again. I started off the year by reading this interesting book that uses the art of photography as a tool in the spiritual life. I’ve enjoyed taking walks in tune with the Holy Spirit and with my camera in hand to ‘receive’ images God was showing me. I’ve still got a lot to learn, but I took lots of notes and am slowly taking each chapter at a time. The book doesn’t cover a lot of ground as far as the technical aspect of picture-taking is concerned, but it is surprisingly deep spiritually and intellectually. To be honest, sometimes it was a struggle to try to understand what the author was saying, but that just caused me to reread until I ‘got’ it. It’s made me look a little differently at life, and for that I highly recommend it.
Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes, by Nancy Pearcey~ Everyone has a philosophy- the way in which they see the world. The question is, what is yours? Can you put your finger on it or explain it? I first heard of Nancy Pearcey, a professor of worldview studies, on the radio where I heard her interviewed for her book, “Saving Leonardo.” I have yet to read it; I also found “Total Truth” at a thrift store for a dollar and plan on reading that. But for some reason I decided to start with this book by Pearcey. This was also a stretch for my brain, but good exercise and I learned so much from it! Immediately after finishing it, I was better able to understand an intellectual sermon I was listening to, as well as identify different worldviews behind some of my favorite tv shows and movies. This is a must-read for any serious Christian, or for anyone who is curious how Christians see the world compared to other philosophies. However, I would recommend that one start with her foundational book, “Total Truth” as it states the basis of what she teaches and it is referred to several times in “FT.”