- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Cascade Books (April 15, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1625642830
- ISBN-13: 978-1625642837
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,794,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A World Transformed: Exploring the Spirituality of Medieval Maps Paperback – March 30, 2015
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''The modern era did much damage to the faith, especially in its bias against anything 'old'-'Chronological Snobbery,' as C.S. Lewis called it. Now as many disillusioned directionless Evangelicals look to orient their modern compasses toward timeless truth, they are turning in great numbers to the ancient good of the Christian faith. Lisa Deam has expertly unpacked a beautiful spiritual map that points us home-and it's a surprising journey that can change your life.''
--Chris Alford, pastor, Epiclesis, Sacramento, CA
''As someone who trains people in spiritual direction, I highly recommend Lisa's book. You will find yourself in its pages. Like any good map, it will orient you to a new way of seeing-you will look through this time and place to another paradigm of living that can encourage Christians on their spiritual path today. By making medieval maps accessible and applicable to modern life, this book will help you discover your place in the story God is telling about the world.''
--Jeanie Hoover, Executive Director, Transformational Listening Center, Prospect Heights, IL --Wipf and Stock Publishers
About the Author
Lisa Deam has a PhD in art history from the University of Chicago. She writes and speaks on medieval art, maps, and spirituality.
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I must confess to not having given much thought to maps, medieval or otherwise, as I approached this work. But Lisa has provided a much needed corrective for my own lack of attention.
Deams reminds us that as Christians we are a storied people, a visual people. And she challenges us to picture our story not with ourselves at the center, as a modern GPS provides, but with the City of Jerusalem, with the Crucified Christ at the center, as a medieval cartographer would provide.
I wish the copies of the medieval maps would have been in color. However she provides links at the end to find the maps on her webpage ((...)). I suppose there has to be a downside to a three dollar book for your Kindle!
There are questions for discussion and reflection at the end of each chapter. This would be a good book for discussion and reading in your church or study group. It runs counter to so much me-centric thinking and will help your group center in Jesus, using devotional methods that have been with the church for centuries.
If you are looking for an easy to read work that will deepen your soul, explore A World Transformed.
-Ryan Cagle, @ExileLiturgy
A World Transformed is educational and challenging, and yet easy to read. It presents ideas that may be new to the reader, but are soundly supported with scripture. The questions at the end of each chapter are practical and help the reader to better understand and apply the ideas presented.
This book is a great read for every Christian. It will make you think and it might just make you see the world differently. You will never look at a Medieval Map the same again!
"A World Transformed" is a very accessible book that requires no previous interest in ancient maps in order to speak to the reader. Richly illustrated, the book gives the history of the Hereford, Ebstorf and the Psalter maps. Deam, however, is not content simply to knock the dust off the maps. She invites the reader to walk the maps emotionally and spiritually. Using antidote and example of our modern world, the author draws us back always to the very purpose of the maps; namely, back to Jesus himself.
I am not given to think of maps as having anything to do with Christian discplines or devotion. It would be easy to dismiss maps -- let alone ancient maps of medieval times-- as simply physical navigation tools. In reading "A World Transformed" I feel as though I have jumped in to my father's old Ford 500 and then to discover treasures in the glove compartment: Old paper maps that had his pencil tracings and an occasional note or pin hole.
I do believe that "A World Transformed " is a treasure waiting for the church and the individual to discover. It illustrates that our spiritual journey is as ancient as these maps and as contemporary as geosynchronous orbital satellites.
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