- Paperback: 172 pages
- Publisher: Crossway Books (30 November 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1433541831
- ISBN-13: 978-1433541834
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.2 x 21.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 222 g
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About the Author
Gene Edward Veith Jr. (PhD, University of Kansas) is provost and professor of literature at Patrick Henry College and the director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary. He has been a columnist forWorld magazine and TableTalk, and is the author of a number of noted books on Christianity and culture, includingGod at Work.
Matthew P. Ristuccia (DMin, Dallas Theological Seminary) has served as senior pastor of Stone Hill Church of Princeton in Princeton, New Jersey, since 1985. He is a nationally published columnist and author, and the coauthor (with Gene Edward Veith Jr.) of Imagination Redeemed: Glorifying God with a Neglected Part of Your Mind.
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The section which starts on page 55 and describes a method of meditation is especially helpful. Meditation will be so much more meaningful from now on, and in fact, I stopped reading to try it out on the suggested passages - one of which, Isaiah 6, is a favorite of mine.
Another useful tool, the imagination audit, will be helpful when working with clients who are experiencing nightmares. I'm hoping that, over time, this method will be life changing for them.
Page 106 describes how to " establish and maintain a righteous feed" and I'll be practicing this method of change. I'm also going to try reading out loud (page 112).
The final chapter, on apologetics, is the best. I am praying for the wisdom to use this information well.
Veith & Ristuccia argue that the imagination is a largely neglected sphere of Christian spirituality, but is one of the most powerful capacities granted to God's image-bearers. Our imagination—our inner thoughts consisting of images, memories, fantasies, aspirations—cannot be ignored and will inevitably be cultivated, either by the our flesh or by the Spirit.
After the introductory chapter, the book is structured around the four imaginative visions of Ezekiel. In each chapter, literature professor Gene Edward Veith Jr. opens with a survey of the role imagination plays in life, literature, philosophy along the given topic (ch. 2, God; ch. 3, evil; ch. 4, the future; ch. 5, the community of grace.) Then Matthew P. Ristuccia, a New Jersey pastor, illustrates this principle through one of the four visions given to Ezekiel in the Babylonian exile. Each chapter concludes with a final "colloquy" where the two authors conspire to set forth a pastoral application for cultivating the imagination in the Christian life.
The portions by Gene were very interesting and thought-provoking. The expositions of Ezekiel by Matt recaptured my imagination, and grew my desire to spend more time in the Word of God. And the pastoral applications were challenging and hopeful.
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