This book captures the joy of creating!
“But the illustrations are world class” I said to myself. And it’s a topic near and dear to me, ICONS; my career, my vocation, my ministry. Surely I can get on board with a book such as this.
But I had trouble being enthused.
You see, there are many ways to make an Orthodox Christian icon. The truth is there are factions within the Orthodox liturgical art world. I had concerns that this book was presenting a singular method of icon creation as representative of all methods. And this method is not necessarily mine.
But I didn’t give up on this book. I could see this book was made with pure love both in the writing and illustration. It was a book worth contemplating. Besides, how could I expect a single, simple, children’s book to encompass all the intricacies and varieties of Orthodox icon making, let alone my esoteric concerns!?
Then the epiphany struck that allows me to praise this book, whole heartedly. “A Gift for Matthew” captures a truth broader than any esoteric sub-faction squabble of iconographic methodology.
This book captures the joy of creating! Amen.
Matthew discovered the joy of being a creative being! Matthew’s discovery is a great and perfect thing! It’s a discovery readers might be nudged into themselves by reading “A Gift for Matthew”. I hope so!
We are all created in the image of our creator. Our Creator creates! We find our true selves when we find our own creativity...just as Matthew did!