Let Your Faith Be Moved by the Masterpieces
Art becomes a masterpiece when it stands the test of time and challenges its viewers to see the world from a new perspective. The vast legacy of human expression is therefore a rich resource of introspection and wisdom for Christians today. 75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know anthologizes some of humanity's most influential and renowned works of art. Terry Glaspey masterfully analyzes how each piece responds to the reality of the human condition and Christian truth. Glaspey examines architecture, plays, novels, paintings, films, and even albums, evoking how some probe the dark corners of human suffering, while others capture the mystery, beauty, and wonder of life. Each selection is universally revered for its craftsmanship and ubiquitously esteemed across both time and cultures. From Rembrandt's The Return of the Prodigal Son to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice to Johnny Cash's At Folsom Prison, every masterpiece reveals some truth that has both enriched the Christian faith and left an indelible mark on the legacy of artistic achievement. Through engaging these masterpieces, Christians today can enrich their own faith with the creativity of history's brilliant artists.
This book serves as both historian and biographer, as devotional and art criticism. May this book be a modest doorway into a world of deeper appreciation, a guide to the treasures of our tradition that enriches both your faith and understanding of the human experience.
Praise for 75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know
"What a treasure to see how God has used the talents of His people to express their faith and His glory through music, literature, architecture, and more. I loved seeing threads of God's goodness woven throughout each unique story. Thank you, Terry, for your passion to bring these masterpieces to our attention and into our hearts!"
—Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries
"Why should the Creator have stopped speaking through art and music with Giotto or Bach? In this beautifully illustrated and conceived book, Terry Glaspey takes us on a comprehensive tour of art, music, and architecture from the ancient world up to the present."
—Michael Card, singer/songwriter and bestselling author
"Thousands of Christian books are published every year. In the midst of the steady torrent of clamoring voices, there will inevitably stand above the rest a few that make a unique mark. This is one of these books. My friend Terry has penned a gem here, helping us see and appreciate the voice of God's Spirit in the cultural matrix of the now and the past. 75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know is simply magical. Trust me. This stands way out."
—A. J. Swoboda, professor at George Fox Evangelical Seminary and author of A Glorious Dark
"Terry Glaspey offers a feast of art, film, music, and literature to satisfy the soul. In 75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know he presents enduring works that brilliantly express the faith, exploring their meaning, technique, and significance. An essential for any Christian, this book beautifully celebrates the creative spirit of Christianity."
—Judith Couchman, art historian and author of The Art of Faith and The Mystery of the Cross
"As a songwriter, I have found it impossible to separate the most important part of my life—my faith—from my music. Thanks to Terry's new book, I now see that I am in good company. Terry masterfully blends his gift of words with his passion for history and the arts, making it inspiringly clear that so many of the greatest works of art in history indeed do bear the fingerprints of our Creator."
—Matthew West, award-winning singer/songwriter
"This is more than a collection of art; it is a trove of carefully studied treasures. Terry Glaspey's research and insights combine, much like the art he's studied, to create rich and redemptive readings that both engage and inspire. These pages will cause you to wonder at the creative genius resplendent in the people of God and fill you with the pleasure of His presence as it appears in all things skillfully crafted."
—Marty Trammell, Humanities Chair, Corban University
"I absolutely love this book! Reading 75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know feels like a walk through an art museum, where you relish each creative piece before you. To discover commonality in the creative works of Dante, Hildegard of Bingen, Albrecht Dürer, Michelangelo, Martin Luther, Frederick Buechner, J. R. R. Tolkien, Emily Dickinson, Bob Dylan, and dozens of other artists, musicians, painters, writers, and scholars from various time periods is to find my heartbeat. Terry doesn't just introduce us to these fascinating, breathtakingly beautiful works of art—some of them familiar and some of them new—but also shares the background of each artist's life, faith, historical timeframe, and how they came to craft their particular work. While experiencing this book, you will, as Buechner's Saint Godric, find 'the grace of God smack in the middle of a fallen world.'"
—Cornelia Becker Seigneur, author of WriterMom Tales and founding director of the Faith & Culture Writers Conference
"Terry Glaspey seems to know a bit about everything and a lot about the things that matter most. I would read anything he wrote, but this unique volume surpassed my great expectations. If you enjoy pondering the connections between faith, art, culture, and daily discipleship, you will adore this. 75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know is itself a masterpiece. Who else can tell you about a painting by Caravaggio, a novel by Jane Austen, and a live album by Johnny Cash all in the same book? Thanks be to God for Glaspey's clear faith, informed knowledge, and winsome writing that can help us glean spiritual insight in cultural projects from to Dante to Dylan, from Rembrandt to The Tree of Life."
—Byron Borger, owner and founder of Hearts and Minds Bookstore
"Most writers just set the table, but Terry Glaspey has brought the meal. By curating these great works into one book, Terry offers an artful feast of the ages! Come and partake; you will not leave hungry! He reminds us that we have a magnificent 'heritage in the arts of which we can be justifiably proud.' May this rich album of our artistic inheritance inspire us as we but 'stand on the shoulders' of the giants who have come before. Every artist should read this book. Every Christian should too.
—Nicole Johnson, author, dramatist for Women of Faith
"In 75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know, Terry Glaspey traces the scarlet thread of Christian thought through the ages, following it through the veins of fine art, music, poetry, and architecture. Expounding upon the historical significance of each masterpiece, and including stunning images, Glaspey opens the vault, showing us the treasures of our Christian artistic heritage. A page-turner from the start, 75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know exposes us to the uncommon beauty birthed by the uncommon men and women of faith. Simply put, Glaspey's work is one of the most informative, enjoyable, and artistically inspirational books I've read in some time."
—Seth Haines, author of Coming Clean
"Terry Glaspey has done us all a great favor with his new book, 75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know. He invites us to become his traveling companions on an adventure through two thousand years of Christian expression. These stories will inspire and expand your appreciation for the beauty, glory, majesty, and mystery of God as expressed through art, literature, music, and film."
—Jim Thomas, pastor of The Village Chapel, Nashville, Tennessee
"Sitting down with 75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know is like enjoying a great meal at a fine restaurant—it's rich, it's fulfilling, and each new piece is wonderful. There is so much to like I'm not even sure where to start. Terry Glaspey has created a great read, with interesting stories about the best art ever created."
—Chip MacGregor, MacGregor Literary Agency
"New York Times columnist David Brooks has written that when 'you experience great art, you widen your repertoire of emotions.' If Brooks is right (and I believe he is), then Terry Glaspey has given us a profound resource for expanding our repertoire through the works he introduces and reflects on wisely, deeply, and artfully in this book. Feast on the sights, sounds, and words covered here as Glaspey does what few could with such elegance: dwell on centuries of art, architecture, poetry, books, music, and film created to the glory of God and in doing so, open a well of appreciation—and emotion—in the hearts and minds of his readers."
—Jeff Crosby, editor and compiler, Days of Grace through the Year
"75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know is a spectacular affirmation that yes, we are created in God's image. The very God who created the cosmos has placed within us the desire to create as well—no wonder we are so compelled to paint, to write, to sing! This book is a museum unlike any other—one that explores some of the noblest expressions of human creativity that, in one way or another, point back to the majesty and beauty of God. You'll find yourself enriched as you survey the remarkable variety of ways people who profess faith have reflected God's image in the arts."
—Steve Miller, author of C. H. Spurgeon on Spiritual Leadership
"Writing voluminously through lovingly spare words, Terry Glaspey has done a great service to the church and the world. He reminds us of the loamy richness that is the legacy of those who relentlessly 'kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight.' There is so much to be grateful for in this book."
—Steve Bell, award-winning singer/songwriter