from her spiritual journey and experiences of prayer through
art, Kelly Conkling reveals the potential for creativity in
prayer. This book is not about “art” in the sense
of making pretty pictures. It opens readers to new possibilities
of creating art as a result of an experience with God through
visual imaging. By inviting God to be the director, writer,
and artist of their hearts, readers engage in a new concept
called “heart spirituality.” Readers learn to
use art as a way to open up a deep conversation with God.
Chapter by chapter, readers explore a multitude
of drawing techniques and media, and ways of dialoguing with
the images they create. Each chapter is developed around a
theme taken from the image of the heart described by Macarius,
a fifth-century monk. Macarius taught that prayer helps us
journey deeper into our own hearts and the heart of God.
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Kelly Schneider Conkling has spent much of her life
exploring the connection between art and prayer. An ordained
priest in the Episcopal Church, Kelly is also an artist, spiritual
director and retreat leader. She lives with her husband in
San Angelo, Texas.