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Revelations of The Artist

Written by various authors
ArtServe International
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An inspirational book of artists giving insight into their art and faith journey. All proceeds help open a Creative Ministry Center in Ecuador to serve under-resourced communities.


Humanity: The Fallible Amphibian

Written by Ken Bazyn
Resource Publications, Wipf & Stock
Available at Wipf & Stock

We are fallible amphibians, composed of matter and spirit, yet capable of intense communication with God. Bazyn poetically expands on, and dissects, the conundrums. Rich in vocabulary, dense in allusions, these poems are the outpourings of anguished authenticity. The accompanying black-and-white photos clarify, and add nuance, to each vital topic.

Unveil It!

Written by Anita Breitenberg
Breitenberg Publications
Available at MarkthisBook

Unveil It! provides an illustrated version of The Book of Revelation as seen through an artist’s eyes, and gives a thumbnail guide through these passages. The book contains ninety-two works contemporizing the Revelation through symbolic storytelling, bringing a fresh interpretation to scriptures with this series of images.

The Resurrection: A Graphic Novel

Written by Paul Isaac
Available for Free!

Modern Christianity is focused on the crucifixion of Christ. But it was his resurrection that established Christianity. It was the evidence of its truth. Here is a clear sequence of the events as experienced by eye witnesses and recorded in the four gospels of the New Testament.

Bezalel’s Body: The Death of God and the Birth of Art

Written by Katie Kresser
Cascade Books (2019)
Available at WIPF and Stock Publishers

When God died, art was born. With Christ’s crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension, the human imagination began to be remade. In Bezalel’s Body: The Death of God and the Birth of Art, Harvard-trained art historian Katie Kresser locates the historical roots of the thing we call art. She weaves together centuries of art history, philosophy, theology, psychology, and art theory to uncover the deep spiritual foundations of this cultural form. Why do some people pay hundreds of millions of dollars for a single painting? Why are art museums almost like modern temples? The answer lies in Christian theology and the earliest forms of Christian image making. By examining how cutting-edge art trends reveal age-old spiritual dynamics, Kresser helps recover an ancient tradition with vital relevance for today.

James Mellick: Giving Form to Honor and Sacrifice

Written by James Mellick
Heartwood Studio and Farm (2019)
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This book follows “The Wounded Warrior Dogs Project 2015-2018,” including Mellick’s process behind the woodcraft of the Wounded Warrior Dogs, how his K9 war stories began, and a reflection from Karen L. Mulder, Ph.D., titled “A Menagerie of Meaning.”

Doomsday Dreams: The Apocalyptic Imagination in Contemporary Art

Written by Eleanor Heartney
Silver Hollow Press (2019)
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“Doomsday Dreams” explores apocalyptic thinking’s impact on art. Themes from sacred apocalyptic literature like Armageddon, the Antichrist, the Grand Battle of Good and Evil, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and the New Jerusalem are employed by contemporary artists as metaphors for climate change, AIDS, racism, war, greed and materialism.

Postmodern Heretics: The Catholic Imagination in Contemporary Art

Written by Eleanor Heartney
Silver Hollow Press (2014, revised and updated 2018)
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“Postmodern Heretics: The Catholic Imagination in Contemporary Art” explores the Catholic roots of controversial artists and the impact of Catholicism on the 1990s Culture Wars. This redesigned, re-edited, illustrated new edition brings the story up to date with a discussion of religion’s continuing role in our cultural conflicts.

Bible History ABCs: God’s Story—from A to Zbible history

Written by Stephen J. Nichols
Illustrated and Designed by Ned Bustard
Crossway (2019)
Available at Crossway

For kids to understand the Bible, they need to see it as one story—God’s story of keeping his promises throughout history. This book for kids ages 3–6 follows the timeline of the Bible from A to Z—beginning with Adam, the first man God created, and ending with Zion, the new creation city.

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Written by Stephen J. Nichols
Illustrated and Designed by Ned Bustard
Crossway (2010)
Available at Crossway

Dramatically converted on the stormy seas, a slave-trader-turned-abolitionist penned the best-loved hymn of the Christian faith. A church father was arrested and martyred for teaching the truth about Christ’s incarnation. Captured by pirates and shipped off to Ireland, a priest baptized thousands of pagans, from paupers to princes. Now who ever said church history was boring?

entry-11-reformation_abcs_coverReformation ABCs: The People, Places, and Things of the Reformation—from A to Z

Written by Stephen J. Nichols
Illustrated and Designed by Ned Bustard
Crossway (2017)
Available at Crossway

Through whimsical illustrations and engaging storytelling, this book teaches kids that even though the Reformation occurred five hundred years ago, it isn’t just about people and places in the past. The Reformers’ fight to reclaim the gospel is still relevant today.

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Author George MacDonald
Illustrator Ned Bustard
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This leather-bound edition of one of George MacDonald’s most beloved stories features a foreword by author Jennifer Trafton, an afterword by Andrew Peterson, and is chock-full of linocut illustrations by Ned Bustard.

A princess, cursed by a spiteful aunt, has lost her gravity. She can’t seem to keep her feet on the ground—or her mind on a serious matter. And when her aunt drains the lake where the weightless princess flourishes, the only solution is for someone to plug the hole—but at what cost?

What will it take for the princess to feel the weight of the world at last?

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Author Mary Jane Miller
Editor Tim Green
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Image, text, new perspectives of an ancient tradition. Journey with Jesus Christ from trial to entombment through sufferings revealed through Sacred Art. The book helps us understand how we humans fit into Christ’s message of love. Three times he meets the Women, three times he falls yet resurrected into light.


Creative Practices for Visual Artists: Time, Space, Process

Kenneth Steinbach
Routledge Press (2018)
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Based on interviews with a culturally, geographically, and aesthetically diverse group of 75 mid-career artists, Creative Practices for Visual Artists is a reassessment of the methods and approaches used by highly successful artists in their practices. The book offers concrete resources and solutions to contemporary challenges facing visual artists.


Prayer Spaprayer spa

Jennifer Anna Rich
Paraclete Press (2019)
Available at

prayer spa is an invitation to nourish your mind, body and soul through contemplative prayer. celebrate beauty through your five senses, with this gentle instruction for each day’s offering.


Eyes of Fire

Eyes of Fire

Christine Simoneau Hales
Amazon (2018)
Available at

This book will bring the act of seeing and perceiving God in the visual image back into a modern-day perspective. Inside the pages of Eyes of Fire you will learn, explore, and discover the evolution of these icons from hundreds of years ago to the present day.

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Patrick Adams
HNN Press (2019)
Available at

Beauty is the power that binds the material and immaterial realms, making them one, and making us whole. The healing of the disjuncture between the physical and spiritual worlds is the project of beauty. This project is nothing less than the bringing into being of the kingdom of God.


TBook of Jobhe Book of Job – A Modern Art Interpretation

Paul Isaac
Paul Isaac (2019)
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Combining the poetry and beauty of the King James translation with 20th century modern art, The Book of Job is given a fresh new perspective. Fully illustrated with over 100 original paintings, the Bible’s oldest book addresses head-on the question of God and the problem of human suffering.

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In Light of Women

Mary Jane Miller (2018)
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In Light of Women is a collection of 72 pages of exquisitely painted icons to recognize and honor women who speak, contemplate, teach, administer, and heal, juxtaposed with text describing each image’s history and religious context and a reflection on its contemporary relevance.

Raise Your Voice: A Cause Manifesto

Brian Sooy
RockBench Publishing Corp (2014)
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Does your mission-driven organization struggle to find its voice, clarify its message, and create a brand people love? Raise Your Voice brings clarity to an organization’s vision, communications, relationships, and personality as the foundation of its brand. It helps leaders make their story compelling so people listen, care, and act.

Jenn Craft's bookPlacemaking and the Arts: Cultivating the Christian Life

Jennifer Allen Craft
IVP Academic (2018)
Available at InterVarsity Press

Through this practical theology of the arts, Craft shows how the arts can be a significant form of placemaking by cultivating our theological imagination, giving shape to the Christian life, and forming us more and more into the image of Christ.


Humility Rules: Saint Benedict’s Twelve-Step Guide to Genuine Self-Esteem

Augustine Wetta (cover art by Jean Wetta)
Ignatius Press (2017)
Available at Ignatius Press

With candor, humor, and a unique approach to classical art, Fr. Augustine, a high school teacher and coach, breaks down Saint Benedict’s fifth-century guide to humility into twelve pithy steps for finding inner peace in a way that can be applied to anyone’s life. Drawing upon his own life experiences, both before and after becoming a Benedictine monk, the author explains every step, illustrating each chapter with color reproductions of sacred art that he has embellished with comic flourishes. The winsome combination is sure to keep readers from taking themselves too seriously—which is already a first step on the path to humility.

entry-25-at_gods_table_spanish_620px_previewEn la mesa de Dios/At God’s Table

Maria Eugenia Cornou, Carrie Steenwyk, and John D. Witvliet
Joel Schoon-Tanis, illustrator
Calvin College Press (2017)
Available at Calvin Institute for Christian Worship

This Spanish-English children’s book explores the richly symbolic practice of the Lord’s Supper. With vivid illustrations by Joel Schoon-Tanis, the celebration of the Lord’s Supper unfolds as a multi-faceted event that nourishes our faith and stirs our imagination to see the gifts of grace and God’s work in our lives.


Markers; Key Themes for Soul Survival

Mary Barton Nees
EA Books Publishing (2017)
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Written for the thoughtful seeker, Markers is a primer into the Big Book. From Genesis to Revelation there are echoes that repeat through time, building our understanding of God’s voice and all His promise. Use this book as a tool to investigate these themes. At the end of each Marker, there are contemporary images to keep the reader sensing the import.


Cloth Journey – Shirley Cunningham, Artist in Cloth

Cynthia Swanson and Katherine Dynsdale, eds
Sandy Armstrong, art director
Shirley Cunningham (2017)
Available via  Artist’s Website

In essays, poetry, memoir, and art images depicting richly textured textiles and wearable art, this beautiful volume charts the several-decade-long life and legacy of fabric and textile artist, Shirley Cunningham.

entry-23-bielerdurercoverAlbrecht Durer: Artist in the Midst of Two Storms

Stacey Bieler
Cascade Books (2017)
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The artist Albrecht Durer lived in Germany during the early 1500s, when two storms were threatening the Holy Roman Empire. Durer influenced art and media throughout Europe as strongly as Martin Luther influenced people’s view of life, death, and their relationship with God. This volume exploes Durer’s art as well as his attraction to Luther’s writing.

Tree Story and Other Poems

Douglas G. Campbell
Oblique Voices Press (2018)
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Written during the years before the author’s stroke in 2012, Tree Story and Other Poems challenges us to see through a different lens, one that clarifies and sharpens the natural world and places humans as supporting actors in the grand drama nature gives us.

Called to Attraction: An Introduction to the Theology of Beauty

PrintBrendan Thomas Sammon
Cascade Books – Wipf & Stock (2017)
Available at Wipf & Stock Publishers

Taking its starting point from the view that beauty is above all a divine name, this book explores the consequences that such a starting point has, not only for the human experience of beauty but also for the way in which beauty penetrates to the very heart of human nature, uplifting and inspiring human thought and action to new frontiers of existence. This book arugues that in its experience of beauty the human spirit encounters the divine presence in unexpected and transformative ways.

Artistic Alchemy: Transmuting Cinnabar into Gold

Ken Bazyn
Resource Publications – Wipf & Stock (2017)
Available at Wipf & Stock Publishers

Bazyn’s poems seek to encourage Christians of all stripes to present a new song unto the Lord – by actual examples and useful advice. Themes relating to creativity are addressed: theological, psychological, sociological, philosophical, linguistic, and autobiographical. Black-and-white photos by the author illumine the themes.

Seven Whole Days

Malcolm Guite
Illustrated by Faye Hall
Castle Quay Books (2017)
Available at Faye

In this lovely publication, artist Faye Hall has taken UK poet Malcolm Guite’s poetic sequence “Seven Whole Days” and turned it into a sumptuous visual celebration of God’s good Creation. With its 63 lines of poetry and 63 paintings inspired by the Genesis account of creation, each line is re-imagined in beautiful meditations of God’s glory.

Spirit of the Arts: Towards a Pneumatological Aesthetics of Renewal

Steven Félix-Jäger
Pallgrave Macmillan (2017)
Available at Pallgrave Macmillan

Among the first full-fledge engagements of the arts and the renewal movements. Offers interdisciplinary appeal, dealing with theology, art criticism, and phenomenology. Represents a unique contribution to both Pentecostal studies and the field of theological aesthetics.

51IYYFZ9qUL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Intruding Upon the Timeless: Meditations on Art, Faith, and Mystery, 2nd ed. 

Greg Wolfe
Square Halo Books (2017)
Available at Square Halo Books

“Gregory Wolfe’s reflections from his editor’s chair are much more: they are spiritual essays. For, with a prose as fine and sharp as a surgeon’s knife, Wolfe manages, over and over, to cut very close to the soul.” —Richard Rodriguez


entry-18-theadventstorybook_cover_smallThe Advent Storybook

Laura Richie, Illustrated by Ian Dale
Chasing Hope Press (2018)
Available for pre-order here

A beautifully illustrated children’s book with 25 Bible stories showing why we celebrate Christmas. The book can be read as a family each day in December, painting a sweeping picture of God’s plan to rescue broken humanity through Christ.

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Micah Bloom
The Digital Press at The University of North Dakota (2017)
Available through The Digital Press

In response to a disastrous flood in Minot, North Dakota, Micah Bloom created a film and a multi-media artwork focusing on books that drifted during the deluge. Offered a publishing opportunity through The Digital Press, Bloom’s work takes on new life in book form. Along with contributing essayists, including CIVA friends and members Ryan Stander and Justin Sorensen, Bloom delivers a comprehensive volume on the Codex project.

Filling Blank Spaces

Michael Winters
Sojourn Network (2017)
Available at Sojourn Network

Filling Blank Spaces addresses a topic that usually gets blank stares in the church world. But Winters is a seasoned veteran of arts ministry and has developed a premier arts and culture movement in the United States, without elaborate budgets or celebrity cameos. Instead, this guide gives a “How-To” approach to understanding visual art as for and from the local church, steering clear of both low brow kitsch and obscure couture. If you are ready to start engaging a wider and often under-reached swath of your city while awakening a creative force within your local church then this book is for you.

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Michael Porter (2017)
Edge of Faith Magazine

EOF magazine is a bimonthly publication that gives artists of all types a venue in which to share their voice with others, sharing their creativity and lives with fellow Christians through interviews and presentations of their work.


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Daniel Mitsui
Ave Maria Press (2017)
Available at Ave Maria Press

Color your way through intricately detailed labyrinths to discover the spiritual richness within. You will reveal prayers and verses hidden in the Celtic patterns. Daniel Mitsui draws on such medieval manuscripts as the Book of Kells to create 30 original coloring pages that will help you grow closer to Christ.


Ken Bazyn
St. Augustine Press (2016)
Available at St. Augustine Press

Here you’ll find a weekly devotional for Christian disciples of all stripes – a series of brief spiritual ruminations accompanied by black-and-white photographs, so you can meditate on the verbal and the visual at the same time.


Visions of Mary book coverVisions of Mary: Art, Devotion, and Beauty at Chartres Cathedral

Jill Geoffrion
Paraclete Press (2017)
Available at Paraclete Press

The story of Mary at Chartres unfolds on these pages. Jill Geoffrion offers a unique visual and meditative journey through Chartres Cathedral. Discover an architectural marvel, a showcase for the most complete 12th-13th century collection of stained glass in the world, including over seventy-five images of the Virgin of Chartres.

entry-13-deboer_coverThe Visual Arts in the Worshiping Church

Lisa DeBoer
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co, (2016)
Available at Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

Although numerous studies have examined biblical and theological rationales for using the visual arts in worship, this book by Lisa J. DeBoer fills in a piece of the picture missing so far — the sociological dimensions of both our churches and the various art worlds represented in our congregations.

CContemporary Art and the Churchontemporary Art and the Church: A Conversation Between Two Worlds

W. David O. Taylor and Taylor Worley, eds.
IVP Academic (2017)
Available in the CIVA Store

A compendium of essays and reflections presented by artists, theologians, and church leaders at the 2015 CIVA Biennial Conference, this volume seeks to explore misperceptions, create hospitable space to learn from each other, and imagine the possibility of a renewed and mutually fruitful relationship for the common good of both the Church and the contemporary world. This is the third in IVP’s Studies in Theology and the Arts series.

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Beautiful Light: Religious Meaning in Film

Roy M. Anker
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (2017)
Available at Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

Closely examining nine critically acclaimed films, Anker seeks out the often unnoticed connections between film and religion and shows how even films that aren’t overtly religious or Christian in their content can be filled with deep religious insights and spiritual meaning. Addressing questions of doubt and belief, depair and elation, hatred and love, Anker’s work sheds “beautiful light”on some of Hollywood’s most profound and memorable films.

Art, Education, and Cultural RenewalArt, Education, and Cultural Renewal: Essays in Reformational Philosophy

Lambert Zuidervaart
McGill-Queen’s University Press (2017)
Available at McGill-Queen’s University Press

In this companion volume to Religion, Truth, and Social Transformation, Lambert Zuidervaart presents a socially engaged philosophy of the arts and higher education. Interacting with the ideas of leading Kuyperian thinkers such as Calvin Seerveld and Nicholas Wolterstorff, Zuidervaart shows why renewal in the arts needs to coincide with political and economic transformation. He also calls for education and research that serve the common good.

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Douglas Campbell
Oblique Voices Press (2017)
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The poetry in this book was written throughout the years before the author’s stroke in 2012, which subsequently left him with a language disorder called aphasia. This book reflects the process of reengaging with his former poetry and encouraging him to share his work with the world.


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Jonathan Anderson and William Dyrness
IVP Academic (2016)A
Available in the CIVA Store

Anderson (an art critic) and Dyrness (a theologian) offer a rereading of the history of modern art by paying closer attention to the religious contexts and the theological concerns that shaped its development, producing revised accounts of van Gogh, Gauguin, Kandinsky, Malevich, Hugo Ball, John Cage, Warhol, and many others. This is the first volume in IVP’s Studies in Theology and the Arts series.

519H9U9dM8L._SX353_BO1,204,203,200_The Garden Way of the Cross
Father Thomas A. Stanley, S.M.; Illustrated by Louise Tessier
Novalis Publishing, Toronto, ON Canada (2013)
Available at Novalis Publishing

This 48-page colorful, hardcover prayer book based on the Stations of the Cross contains scriptural passages, meditations by Fr. Thomas Stanley, and relief prints by artist Louise Tessier. The Garden Way of the Cross takes the reader on a botanical Lenten journey with Jesus to the cross.

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Kathrin Burleson
Forward Movement (2014)
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This beautiful coffee table book features the paintings of artist Kathrin Burleson as well as soul-searching reflections on her creative process and spiritual journey. Each station also offers devotions from leaders in The Episcopal Church, including former Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and the Rev. Alberto R. Cutié.

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Rhonda Nass
Ampersand (2015)
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Scratchings of a Madwoman includes two parts. The book’s first half recounts Nass’ faith stories, each accompanied by a colored pencil drawing. The second half guides readers step by step through the drawing process, encouraging and equipping readers to communicate authentically and creatively to others in their spheres their own experiences with God.



A_Book_of_Days_for_Lent_FRONT_CVR_sm_1024x1024 redoA Book of Days for Lent
Steven Moore, PhD and Richard Ganz, SJ, eds.
Seedbed Publishing (2016)
Available at Seedbed Publishing

In this collection of daily essays written by non-profit leaders, each writer composes his or her day so that the reader is helped to observe Lent—“I will honor Lent in my heart and try to keep it all the year. . . . I will not shut out the lessons it teaches.” By observing this season more faithfully, and with more understanding, it is hoped that each reader will experience a deeper reception of the great gift of God in Jesus, who gave himself that we might live.

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James B. Janknegt
James B. Janknegt (2017)
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Lenten Meditations: Forty paintings based on the parables of Jesus, one for each day of Lent: artwork, meditations, and prayers by James B. Janknegt. Book design by Danny Schweers. Foreword by W. David O. Taylor. The book is 92 pages, 8-1/2″x11″, full color, soft cover.

member-publications-Kilby-coverThe Arts and the Christian Imagination: Essays on Literature, Arts and Aesthetics by Clyde S. Kilby
William Dyrness and Keith Call, eds.
Paraclete Press (2017)
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With a unique voice and timeless wisdom, Dr. Clyde Kilby writes from a specific literary and philosophical context that relates art and aesthetics with beauty, poetry, literature and the imagination. For readers who want to look more closely at these themes—this book provides a deeply engaging and profound touchstone.


Mark This!
Anita Breitenberg
Breitenberg Publications (2017)
Available at

Mark This! provides an illustrated version of the Gospel of Mark as seen through an artist eyes, and gives a thumbnail guide through these passages. The book contains eighty-three works contemporize Mark’s Gospel through symbolic storytelling, bringing a fresh interpretation to scriptures with this series of images.

Book Cover - The Faithful ArtistThe Faithful Artist: A Vision for Evangelicalism and the Arts
Cameron J. Anderson
IVP Academic (2016)
Available in the CIVA Store

Tracing the relationship between evangelicalism and modern art in postwar America–two entities that often found themselves at odds with each other–Anderson raises several issues that confront artists and casts a vision for how Christian artists can faithfully pursue their vocational calling. This is the second in IVP’s Studies in Theology and the Arts series.