If you enjoy any type of art, whether it be visual arts, music, film, writing, or anything else, “75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know: The Fascinating Stories Behind Great Works of Art, Literature, Music and Film” by Terry Glaspey is a must-have book for your shelf!
From the outside, this book has the appearance of textbook. And in some ways, it is something of a textbook, as it is filled with information to enrich your knowledge and understanding of 75 examples from many different kinds of arts.
But it is so very much more than a textbook too. In fact, it could even be used as a devotional. Each chapter focuses on a different work of art that is not only “impressive” but has a richer element to it that takes us deeper in our understanding of the Heart of the Creator of all art.
One of the things that I appreciate most about this book is how accessible it is. It does not have to be read cover to cover, or even in order. Each chapter is it’s own little unit about a specific piece of art that can be read by itself. I enjoy skipping around to various chapters that spark my interest most. I also really like that there is not “too much” information in each chapter. The author of this book has struck just the right balance and length for each chapter. There is enough information to give you a good understanding and appreciation for each piece or artwork. But there is also not so much to read that it feels heavy, and like it’s hard to make time for. Each chapter is deep enough to be thought-provoking, while still being short enough to be easily digestible and fun to read.
I absolutely recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Christians will enjoy it for the artistic appreciation and the deep faith content. But I believe even non-Christians could also gain from it as well for it’s insight and knowledge. Truly, this is one of the best books I have picked up in recent years - a masterpiece of its own.
I received this book courtesy of Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.