This is Christine Valters Paintner’s first book to explore photography as a spiritual practice from a Christian perspective. She 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.”
This is n a book on photographic technique, Eyes of the Heart is about cultivating photography as a spiritual practice. The author adapts the monastic practice of lectio divina (sacred reading) into a form of visio divina (sacred seeing). As a spiritual director and Benedictine oblate Christine Valters Paintner invites readers to a new way of viewing the world. By looking through the lens of a camera we can learn to see with the eyes of the heart.
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.