We have often heard life imitates art or maybe it is art imitates life. Either way, art plays a big role in how we view the world and also in how we explain the world to others. I recently received a very interesting book in the mail that uses one piece of art to contemplate the mysteries of God.
“Shaped by the Cross” by Ken Gire was perhaps one of the most interesting books I have read in a long time. Mr. Gire uses the Pieta by Michelangelo to meditate on the real cost of discipleship. Each chapter, in this relatively short book, explores a certain aspect of the sculpture in relation to the what is happening in the sculpture.
When you are done reading this book (it took me half a day because it was so interesting) you will have a new and special respect for art and the interaction it has with life. Moreover, you will have thought deeper on the suffering and glory of Jesus Christ.
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