Eyes of the Heart
Photography as a Christian Contemplative Practice
by Christine Valters Paintner
"Eyes of the Heart is more than a celebration of God's presence in the world. It is itself an experience of receiving the Divine directly within."
—Anthony F. Chiffolo, Author of 100 Names of Mary
Adapting the monastic practice of lectio divina (sacred reading) into a form of visio divina (sacred seeing), Christine Valters Paintner invites readers to a new way of viewing the world.
"Part of the spiritual journey is learning how to see, not with our physical eyes, but with our spiritual eyes."
"Opening Christine Paintner's Eyes of the Heart is like entering a garden in full bloom. It opens up all your senses so you see, smell, taste, and touch the world in a whole new way."—Jan Phillips
"Instead of going out in the world seeking the best composition or the most beautiful image, I pay attention to what is shimmering and calling to me."
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We must consider not just what is beautiful, but what is real, what is good, and what is true.
This book is a welcome invitation to see the Holy One more clearly, follow the Spirit more nearly, leading me to love God more dearly.
As a professional photographer, what I'm challenged by in Eyes of the Heart is approaching photography without an intention for outcome.
We may want to "capture" a moment, but aren't we better allowing the moment to capture us?
As a photographer, the book inspired me to take a deeper and different perspective on the world around me.
The philosopher Alfred North Whitehead claims that the goal of the universe is the production of beauty and, I believe, Paintner would agree.
Paintner explains how the camera can help people open the eyes of their heart. She draws heavy on the spiritual writers of the past who talk much about seeing the invisible realm.
There are many arts, crafts and even hobbies that can train us to be more attentive. It is in this context that I found Christine Valters Paintner's new book, Eyes of the Heart.