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Contemplative Vision


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Introduction: Christian Art and Transformation

Part One: Transformed Awareness
1 Awakening
Bruegel the Elder, Census at Bethlehem
2 Coming Aside
Moretto da Brescia, Christ in the Wilderness
3 Gazing in Stillness
Johannes Vermeer, Jesus in the House of Mary and Martha
4 Attuned to God?s Presence
Jean-Francois Millet, The Angelus

Part Two: Transformed Vision
5 Called to See
Nicolas Poussin, The Adoration of the Shepherds
6 Immanuel, God with Us
Rembrandt, Christ in the Storm on the Lake of Galilee
7 Seeing and Believing
Caravaggio, The Incredulity of St. Thomas
8 Recognizing Christ
Caravaggio, The Supper at Emmaus

Part Three: Transformed Living
9 The Way of the Cross
Ridolfo Ghirlandaio, Procession to Calvary
10 Called to Follow
Caravaggio, The Call of St. Matthew
11 Seeing Christ in Others
He Qi, The Visitation
12 Bearing Christ
Rubens, Descent from the Cross
13 Seeing and Serving
Luca Giordano, The Good Samaritan

Epilogue: Transforming Vision
Appendix 1: Suggestions for Group Discussion Leaders
Appendix 2: Suggestions for Use in Spiritual Direction
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About the Author

Juliet Benner is an international retreat and workshop leader who speaks frequently in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. She is a trained spiritual director and has served as a consultant in art and spirituality at the Carey Centre on the campus of the University of British Columbia (Vancouver). She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, with her husband, David, who shares her passion for hiking, nature, art and music.


"Benner's gentle guidance will likely spark some ideas in you as well, and may well help you develop God's gifts of seeing eyes and a spirit ready to respond in joyful obedience."--Michelle Van Loon, Englewood Review, Lent 2011
"Juliet Benner's new book provides a rich and insightful account that may well help us begin to recover the value of image for the faith journey."--Imago Newsletter, Spring 2011

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