Thursday, November 3, 2011

Bound for Glory by Timothy R. Botts with reflections by Patricia Raybon*A Review

 Bound for Glory is a powerful gift book inspired by a collection of calligraphic paintings by world-renowned calligrapher Timothy R. Botts. The book features 52 paintings that are visual interpretations—in words and pictures—of African American spiritual songs. These amazing songs are an important part of our American heritage, and they continue to give us hope in the face of life’s many challenges. The book also includes 52 reflective readings from Botts and African-American writer and speaker Patricia Raybon. It also includes lyrics from the spirituals along with inspirational Scripture verses from the New Living Translation.

List Price:$16.99
Release Date:November 2011
Page Count:128
Trim Size:9 x 9

Timothy R. Botts has a BFA in graphic design from Carnegie–Mellon University, where he also studied calligraphy with Arnold Bank. After graduation, he and his wife taught conversational English with Brethren in Christ Missions in Japan for three years. He has designed more than 600 books at Tyndale House Publishers since 1972, where he is currently senior art director. In addition to teaching calligraphy part-time at College of DuPage, he has held workshops throughout the United States and internationally.

His work has been widely exhibited in such places as the Washington National Cathedral and in Obernai, France, and one of his originals is part of the Newberry Library's permanent collection. He was curator of "Scribes of Hope"—a traveling calligraphy exhibit for Christians in the Visual Arts, a national organization that explores the relationship between art and faith.

His own books include Doorposts, Windsongs, Messiah, The Holy Bible: Botts Illustrated Edition, and Portraits of the Word. Most recently he helped begin Masterpiece Ministries, an arts outreach to high school students, for which he is program director. Tim and his wife, Nancy, who live in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, have three grown children and eleven grandchildren.

  This is just an amazing book.  It has so much in it. It has 52 calligraphic paintings, which are beautiful.
52 African American spiritual songs, some of those include We are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder, Wade in Water, There is a Balm in Gilead, I Shall Not be Moved, He’s God the Whole World in His Hands, Down By the Riverside, The Gospel Train’s aComin’. When the Saints Go Marchin’ In just to name a few.
52 reflective readings, here is one from the page that has the song on it called
Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen
* Why hide
When God knows everything about you
So He understands
Deep hurt
And a bruised body
And the pain of hunger and the sting of sorrow when
Folks betray you and leave you
Alone in the world to die.
And here’s the reason He knows:
He’s been there, too.*

and Inspirational Scripture verses, the verses are from Genesis to Revelation.
This book is big, bright, colorful and full of history of the African American songs.  It is a hardcover with 128 pages.

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Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

1 comment:

Merry said...

I love the color on the cover, this sounds like a beautiful book. "I Shall Not Be Moved" is one of my favorite spiritual songs.