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About the Author

Steve DeWitt has been senior pastor at Bethel Church in NW Indiana since 1997. His radio program, The Journey, can be heard on Moody Radio and thejourney.fm. A graduate of Cornerstone University and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, Steve blogs at stevedewitt.org. He lives in Crown Point, Indiana, with his wife, Jennifer, and their two daughters.

What Reviewers Are Saying

My choice for the book of the year. – TONY REINKE, Desiring God Ministries

Eyes Wide Open is a very enjoyable, very quotable book, and one that made an immediate impact on my life. – TIM CHALLIES, who named it a top 10 book of 2012

As a starting point for why and how Christians should value beauty, this book is the gold standard. – LELAND RYKEN

It is a pleasure to recommend this eye-opening book. – JUSTIN TAYLOR

DeWitt has provided us with a rare glimpse into this truth and I highly recommend this remarkable book. – SAM STORMS

With a gentle tone and many real-life illustrations, the text is an elegant guide for lay people and pastors who want to learn more about beauty. – OWEN STRACHAN

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Credo House Publishers; First edition (January 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193539164X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935391647
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By David Murray on September 19, 2012
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Eyes Wide Open not only opened my eyes. It also opened my mind and my heart. So enjoyably, that I've now read it three times in just over a month.

It also leaves me open-mouthed asking, "Why isn't everyone talking about it? Why isn't this book all over the Christian blogosphere?"

I was stunned to discover only one Amazon review! It was a five star review, unsurprisingly. The surprise was only one review. Where are your friends when you need them!?

When I see the dozens of reviews and five stars attached to so many other Christian books of far less worth, I'm inclined to think that this is failure of marketing.

Or maybe it reflects a general lack of Christian interest in and passion for beauty in our world. Some Christians are perhaps too "spiritual" to see anything beautiful in the world. Others are possibly too "worldly" to appreciate beauty and see its spiritual dimensions. And the myriads of busy activists don't want to pause and ponder: "Just give us something practical."

So, how can I encourage you to read this book? Let me put it in one sentence: It will utterly transform the way you view, experience, and interact with the world and the God who made it. Yes, it's one of the most spiritual, beautiful, and practical books I've read in a long time.

It's good to see a growing number of Christian authors calling Christians to rediscover their biblical calling to be the greatest creators, connoisseurs, and communicators of beauty. But I'd recommend this book to thoughtful non-Christians too as it paints a picture of Gospel-centered Christianity in such a positively beautiful and inspiring light.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Erin Craig on April 11, 2012
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This book is definitely worth your time to read. Steve DeWitt is very gifted at using practical, commonplace illustrations to bring out deep truths. Most Christians have heard the adage, "All truth is God's truth." In Eyes Wide Open, DeWitt asserts that the same is true of each of God's attributes, in this book namely His beauty. All beauty is God's beauty because He Himself IS beauty and the Creator of all things beautiful. DeWitt uses an illustration of a yardstick. Not only do you measure yards by it, but it IS itself a yard. In the same way, God IS beauty and by Him we measure beauty. All beautiful things were gifted to us for a greater purpose than just the sheer enjoyment they have to offer. Rather, DeWitt states, they are a reflection of the truest beauty: Christ.

Not only does this book make you think more about what beauty means in our world, but it provides challenging thoughts from other great minds throughout history (and of course, the Bible) about finding the essence of Christ in the world around us. After reading this book you may find, like myself, that you notice beauty in new places. All because I was challenged to walk through my days with my eyes wide open.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tim Challies TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 2, 2013
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You may have noticed that over the past few weeks I have been reviewing books that come from a little bit off the beaten path, so to speak. I have been reading, enjoying and reviewing books that have come our way from lesser-known Christian publishers. It turns out there are some fresh, excellent titles coming from some of these smaller publishers.

From Credo House Publishers and author Steve DeWitt comes Eyes Wide Open, a book about learning to enjoy God in everything. Let me say it from the outset: this is a really good book. I enjoyed it thoroughly and benefited in very specific ways from the time I spent reading it. Let me tell you about just one of the most important things I learned.

The place to begin when considering the topic is with a question like this one: Why do I enjoy _________ so much? You can fill in that blank with a kind of food or a form of art or even with a beautiful landscape. Why do you enjoy that thing so much? What draws you to it? What does it do in you and for you?

DeWitt wants to help you appreciate those things even more than you do now, and in order to do that, you need to understand beauty and joy and wonder from a biblical perspective. You need to know why God made this world as wondrously beautiful as he did. The author's reflections on this topic, more than anything else in the book, have resounded in my mind and heart.

Beauty was created by God for a purpose: to give us the experience of wonder. And wonder, in turn, is intended to lead us to the ultimate human expression and privilege: worship. Beauty is both a gift and a map. It is a gift to be enjoyed and a map to be followed back to the source of the beauty with praise and thanksgiving.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By vunglaub on August 13, 2013
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What Pastor DeWitt writes on beauty is in itself a reflection of God's heart on beauty. Artfully describing how all of beauty is a reflection of God's attributes and reign over all things, Dewitt provides the reader both a theological framework and tangible illustrations to see this for themselves. Like a worship leader with words, Dewitt takes the reader closer and closer to see God's beauty from creation through the fall to redemption. From this point he shows that mans relationship with beauty is an act of worship as it reflects the Creator of all beauty.
The book engages the reader in three part flow from "seeing God's Beauty" to (part 2)"the story of Beauty: In creation, Sin and Christ" to (part 3) "enjoying God in Everything". The flow of the book is so engaging that one wants to begin again to "see Gods beauty" by reading it all over. The greatest effect of the book is its impact on worship. It creates in the soul a longing to worship God in all things and in all things reflect His beauty . And it reminds the soul that the greatest display of beauty is in Jesus Christ. To read this book was to read a classic.
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