Visions of Truth
The Use of Art in the Ministry of Spiritual Direction
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
Mara Lief Crabtree is an associate professor of spiritual formation at the Regent University School of Divinity. She is ordained with the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches (CEEC) and a member and former chaplain in the International Order of St. Luke the Physician.
“Mara Crabtree invites spiritual directors to explore the gift of artistic forms in their ministries with those seeking to explore and comprehend the presence of God in their lives. As a professor of preaching, I would suggest that this book should not be limited to spiritual directors. The work of teachers of preaching, and preachers themselves, will be deepened by her insights. How important it might prove to combine visio divina and lectio divina.”
—Lucy Lind Hogan, professor emerita of preaching and worship, Wesley Theological Seminary
“At nineteen I stood transfixed before Michelangelo’s Pietà in St. Peter’s Basilica, and that profound experience has shaped my understanding of art and theology ever since. Mara Crabtree has now brought these two worlds together for me, articulating what I had no words for at nineteen and still struggled to describe decades later. This beautiful book brings together two worlds that simply belong together.”
—Holly Allen, adjunct professor of Christian ministries and family science, Lipscomb University