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“An excellent book . . . A lengthy meditation on, and defense of, beauty as a necessary—and perhaps preeminent—transcendent for today”s culture . . . At once autobiography, cultural criticism, and a call to quietly but confidently man the easels in a world that would rather pick up a megaphone and head to the streets.” Comment magazine

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Gregory Wolfe is the founder and editor of Image, one of America’s leading journals of literature and the arts. His books include Intruding upon the Timeless, Malcolm Muggeridge, and Sacred Passion. In 2005 he served as a judge in nonfiction for the National Book Awards. Wolfe serves as writer in residence at Seattle Pacific University, where he directs the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. He and his family live in Seattle.

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Intercollegiate Studies Institute; 1 edition (June 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610171004
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610171007
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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By Allen Roth on September 3, 2013
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Gregory Wolfe is a Christian Humanist on a mission. He is not interested in engaging in political debates but in injecting values into the worlds of literature, music, and art. Mr. Wolfe is a book and magazine publisher who is bent on influencing the cultural world. The essays in this book introduce us to the thoughts and contributions of great writers and poets. Some you will be familiar with and others you won't but I am certain you will benefit from Mr. Wolfe's insights into the contributions of people like Erasmus, T.S. Eliot, Malcolm Muggeridge, Robert Bolt, Flannery O'Connor, etc. I learned a great deal from this book and look forward to engaging some these writers on my own.
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His premise is solid. Makes one want to be part of the effort to transform today's garish culture into a tomorrow of more pleasing aesthetics. Perhaps a longing for beauty and a repulsion at the ugliness of our culture will turn people back to faith, the source of all beauty.
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I loved reading this--it was really well-written and researched and laid out all sorts of information relating to what beauty is and what it means to us, even if we don't seem to value it currently in our cultural climate, and that beauty will make the difference ultimately.
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Some fine writing here, but the author seems afraid to make fine distinctions or say anything that his audience might find difficult. Although Gregory Wolfe admirably articulates that the culture wars are fruitless, he ridicules Oscar Wilde in order to pander to his Christian audience. Trashing Oscar Wilde--while writing about artistic beauty, for Christ's sake--is unsound, even if it was ten years ago and popular to do so.

Recently Greg has "come out" in favor of gay authors, but it seems a bit pandering at this time, when such writing is highly popular, even expected. Perhaps Greg had other intentions when writing this book than the sentiments that come across. He has distinguished himself as editor of Image, and many of his choices there were quite intelligent.
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