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By Charles Davidson,Lallene J. Rector

here's a bright, poetic, and evocative tale of the painter Vincent van Gogh's fight to turn into his precise self. the writer listens in on Vincent's such a lot intimate, usually startling innovations on a bunch of subject matters, drawn from 3 volumes of his correspondence and his 900 extant work. What emerges is the portrait of an artist whose non secular imaginative and prescient used to be borne of an agonizingly lengthy adventure of the "dark evening of the soul" in which his paintings dared to envision the triumph of pleasure over sorrow, of resurrection over affliction and death.

Readers will realize that during many ways Vincent's tale is as a lot approximately us as approximately him. Tracing van Gogh's pilgrimage from being an apprentice artwork broker to being known as to minister, in self-renunciation and distress, between destitute coal miners, the narrative follows his winding, tortuous direction into maturity as he struggles with kinfolk, affiliates, lovers--and with himself. continually evidenced in Vincent's personal eloquent phrases and work is his tussle with the mysterious presence and maddening absence of God. Vocation unveils as a strategy of summoning and birthing his personal self, via an try to imitate Christ, calling forth van Gogh's awesome artistic powers from deep within.

Adding selection provides from different observers, Davidson right here weaves his personal unique, crafty tapestry of interpretation, generating a suspenseful day trip into the lifetime of van Gogh that gives profound which means at each turn.

"This richly special and deeply felt account of van Gogh's tormented and self-tormenting lifestyles, including many telling quotations from his correspondence together with his devoted brother Theo, could be crucial studying for all who see him as one of many geniuses of the 19th century."
--Frederick Buechner
author of secrets and techniques in the dead of night and The Yellow Leaves

"Charles Davidson's booklet viewing Vincent van Gogh's lifestyles and paintings is a superb contribution to methods we'd top comprehend the artist's fight and spirituality. The move of the narrative and the presence of theological and mental motifs aid us re-vision the artist in a postmodern framework that opens new and artistic channels for understanding."
--Cliff Edwards
author of Van Gogh and God, The sneakers of Van Gogh, and secret of the evening Café

"This paintings of splendid artwork unveils Vincent van Gogh's personal nice art--in existence, paintings, and loss of life. It accomplishes this in amazingly various style and unpretentious, non secular intensity. it really is remarkably attuned to, and in most cases makes use of, Vincent's personal strikingly sincere, poetic statements in corporation with a few of Vincent's work. within the technique, it translates either with each conceivably acceptable instrument, drawing in others' profoundly insightful responses to Vincent with the author's personal. From starting to finish, Charles Davidson--pastor, instructor, clinician, poet, musician, and scholar--has created, reflectively, an extraordinary, easily awesome portrayal. Any attentive reader who has recognized both deprivation or fight in lifestyles can locate the following a therapeutic love and joy."
--Terrence N. Tice
editor of Hermann Peiter's amassed essays, Christian Ethics based on Schleiermacher, and translator of Friederich Schleiermacher's Christmas Eve Celebration

"Bone lifeless, and emerging is a psychologically and theologically incisive research of the existence and paintings, the psyche and spirituality of Vincent Van Gogh. it's tough to visualize that the artist himself might have neglected the value and worthiness of this verbally inventive rendering."
--Lallene J. Rector
co-editor of mental views and the non secular Quest

Charles Davidson, a Presbyterian minister and psychotherapist, was once the Darrel Rollins Professor of Holistic Ministry in Pastoral Theology, Care, and Counseling at Virginia college of Lynchburg, until eventually retiring to Black Mountain, North Carolina, the place he lives together with his spouse, puppy, cats, saxophone, and clarinet.

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