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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sorin Books (June 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933495294
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933495293
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gracefully written and ever-consoling, The Artist's Rule demands engagement from its reader. It challenges artists of every variety to journey actively with their Rule, and to thereby plumb the riches of both a contemplative and generative discipline. ---from Image Journal

The Artist's Rule entices us to plunge into the riches of a contemplative, creative life. With hospitality, wisdom, and grace, Christine returns us to ancient monastic practices that have preserved the soul of spirituality across the ages and can restore us in our own time.  --Jan Richardson

"This jewel of a book will help you tap the eternal in your deep soul." --Macrina Wiederkehr, O.S.B., Author of Seven Sacred Pauses (from the Foreword)

"It is a time of shift, of awakening, new challenges, greater complexity in every dimension of daily life. The Artist's Rule is a treasure for those of us who long to live a rich inner life, to be fully human and creative members of a creative Universe, to give expression to what is moving within us--to write, paint, make music, and dance. Christine frames her exploration in monastic wisdom, but in our present context where the whole world is our monastery. The inner guide of each of us is thoroughly welcomed and nourished throughout the chapters--in explorations, guided imagery, mystical insight, poetry, music, reflections, inspiration, practices of creativity, ritual--as we travel today's call to creativity and contemplation." --Mary Southard, C.S.J.,Artist/Illustrator for The Cosmic Dance: An Invitation to Experience Our Oneness

"Graciously offered, wisely conceived, carefully crafted, The Artist's Rule leads the reader ever more deeply into practices that recover the awareness that contemplation and creativity spring from the same Source. This work, grounded in Benedictine spirituality, offers us ways to rediscover the sacred art of living and serving, following the Spirit's lead and awakening to the artist's palette of our daily lives." --Mary C. Earle, Author of The Desert Mothers: Spiritual Practices from the Women of the Wilderness and Days of Grace: Meditations and Practices for Living with Illness

About the Author

Christine Valters Paintner is the online Abbess of AbbeyoftheArts.com, a virtual monastery without walls offering resources, classes, and books on contemplative practice and creative expression.  She is a writer, artist, spiritual director, retreat facilitator, teacher and the author of several books including Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire: The Christian Practice of Praying with the Elements (Ave Maria Press 2010).  Christine earned her doctorate in Christian spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and her professional status as registered expressive arts consultant and educator from the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. She also serves as an adjunct faculty at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry. Paintner is a Benedictine Oblate and lives out her lay monastic commitment as a Benedictine Oblate in the heart of Seattle with her husband.

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Christine Valters Paintner is the online Abbess at www.AbbeyoftheArts.com, a virtual monastery without walls offering a variety of classes in contemplative practice and creative expression and the author of six books on spirituality, contemplative practice, and creative expression.

She is a Benedictine Oblate, writer, artist, spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and teacher. Her fields of expertise include Christian spiritual practices, monastic spirituality, and the expressive arts. Christine earned her PhD in Christian Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and her professional status as Registered Expressive Arts Consultant and Educator (REACE) from the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA.org).

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Very inspiring author.
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The author offers a set of practices, meditations, and art exploration as invitations and doorways to explore the creative qualities of particular values and virtues.
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The book is insightful, inspirational, practical and encouraging.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Story Circle Book Reviews on August 30, 2011
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Christine Valters Paintner has "a deep love of Benedictine tradition as well as the gifts of Celtic and desert monasticism." She is a Benedictine oblate with training in the expressive arts. She says, "Creativity and contemplative spirituality nurture and support each other in their commitments to the slow way, to a close attention to the inner life and to the sacred being revealed in each moment." Her book offers support for a graceful journey through creativity and contemplation.

The author considers herself to be a monk who lives beyond the monastery walls and gently supports others to find their "inner monk" nourished through silence and "a commitment to see everything as sacred." She also offers many approaches to engage one's "inner artist" through the visual arts, poetry, movement and new ways of seeing the world. I so appreciate all Valters Paintner has to share in this book and realize, she too, is attending to her inner life in the midst of the busyness and speed of the world around us.

I have been drawn to aspects of the monastic life myself including the hours of a monastery day from Vigils, also known as matins, the first hour of the day, to Compline, night. The author describes the hours of the day in Week Four: "Sacred Rhythms for Creative Renewal." She offers "seasons of the breath" as a meditation to follow the breath through the directions, the seasons and the hours of the day. This is one of the many practices that doesn't have to be saved to the particular week of the twelve-week course. The breathing practice anchors one in an experience of the actual hour of the day whatever day it may be.

As part of that chapter, the visual art exploration task is to create a contemporary book of hours by using paint, images and handwriting.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A on July 31, 2011
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Amazon recommended this book (and her other two) and for some unknown (at the time) reason, I clicked on ordering all three...and I have NOT been disappointed! Her assignments at the end of each chapter are wonderfully healing. I read the book all the way thru first, and now am going chapter by chapter, reading slowly and carefully, pondering her wise insights.

If you are not sure about ordering all three at once, order and read this one first!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By C. L. Ferle on August 31, 2011
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I've read and reviewed dozens of books on the creative process, especially the writing process. Few have resonated as deeply as this one. I read one chapter at the end of the day, every night, highlighting this lovely book from top to bottom -- and making notes. Now I plan to do all of the exercises on a weekly basis, as suggested by the author. I happened to stumble on "The Artist's Rule" at exactly the right time, when I needed to take a creative sabbatical and nourish my spirit. And I would imagine it works as well in group settings as it does for individuals. Whether you're a poet, journalist, sculptor, painter, or an "artist of the everyday," this gem of a book will illuminate your own creative process while helping you push past your personal or professional blocks. -- Cindy La Ferle's Home Office; [...]
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bard Judith on September 23, 2012
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I purchased this book as a 'textbook' for the online class 'Way of the Monk, Path of the Artist' as offered by [...] and conducted by the author.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I'm deliberately working through the book at the pace of the class and have not completed it yet, so this is only as regards the first four chapters so far! I'll be happy to come back and either edit this review or create a new one at such time as I'm done the class.

It comes out of a background of Benedictine and Celtic spirituality and the meditative traditions: as such, there is what I can only describe as a 'Christian-friendly' aroma or atmosphere to the writing. At the same time, it's evident that the author has made a sincere effort towards inclusivity, non-offensiveness, and non-denominationalism. This may distress some people who are looking for a very explicit Christ-focused examination of our artistic gifts and talents, but in my opinion it also makes the book far more accessible to 'seekers', theists of various flavours, and avoids an unpleasant religiousity or aggressive piousness. If you are open to that perspective, you will get a great deal out of The Artist's Rule, whether you are from a Catholic tradition, a conservative Protestant like myself (from a Reformed, Calvinistic heritage, now worshipping in a non-denominational cross-cultural setting!), or simply someone who believes that there is a higher power and a divine motivation in the world which is accessible by humanity.

There are wisdom writings and poems from other traditions that strengthen and enrich the text, but the meditative techniques are based on the monastic 'lectio divinia' and on Biblical texts.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Linda P. on November 25, 2011
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I am delighted to have this book. I read the author's blog regularly and having a book that I can return to again and again is wonderful. She provides well researched information about each chapter's content. She also gives the reader exercises to help with internalizing the concepts presented. The book is insightful, inspirational, practical and encouraging. It helps me to remain focused on caring for the spiritual and creative part of myself.
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