"We hear much these days about the common good, public theology, and the Lordship of Christ over all of life. We should be glad for this. Yet, a huge question remains-and few have grappled with it as profoundly as Seerveld has: How can art, without being bombastic or reduced to propaganda, be helpful to a world anguished with injustice and violence, abuse and brokenness? Can high quality, properly nuanceful, allusive theatre, sculpture, painting, or song help heal the world? Can art expose injustices, bring comfort to the hurting, shake the idols of our age, perhaps point a way out of our Babylonian captivities? These chapters are amazing pieces, a true gift for those wanting to go further along the journey towards 'seeking the peace of the city.' Wise leaders and faithful artists simply must read them."
-Byron K. Borger, Hearts & Minds Books, Dallastown, Pennsylvania
"For many decades, Calvin Seerveld has been providing remarkable leadership. Countless artists and theoreticians have been nourished by his vivid and striking wisdom. These extraordinarily wide-ranging essays will not disappoint those who have followed his work, and those who are new to his unique voice will be greatly enriched."
-Jeremy Begbie,Thomas A. Langland Research Professor of Theology at Duke University Divinity School
"For all those who want to soak their hearts and minds in sound and profound reflections on what it means to be aesthetically obedient artists and human beings amidst the cultural elitism and superficiality of today, this volume of lectures and writings will be richly rewarding-challenging all of us to work towards art in our homes, schools, churches, offices, cities, galleries, theatres, and concert halls that truly nourishes our spirits and serves our God of love and redemption by following his ways."
-Marleen Hengelaar-Rookmaaker, Editor-in-chief of ArtWay (www.artway.eu)
"Dr. Seerveld's carefully crafted, scintillating, poetic words carried me forward as a contemporary artist exhibiting in New York City, starting in the early 1990s. They are, to me, shalom promises, wisdom given to encourage artists in a broken, dark, and yet glorious city to only seek the best, to integrate one's life and one's art, and to bathe everything in prayer. I am grateful for his words; I am grateful for this book."
-Makoto Fujimura, artist, Princeton