By Charles Davidson,Lallene J. Rector

here's a shiny, poetic, and evocative tale of the painter Vincent van Gogh's fight to develop into his actual self. the writer listens in on Vincent's such a lot intimate, often startling ideas on a number of issues, drawn from 3 volumes of his correspondence and his 900 extant work. What emerges is the portrait of an artist whose religious imaginative and prescient was once borne of an agonizingly lengthy event of the "dark evening of the soul" in which his paintings dared to envision the triumph of pleasure over sorrow, of resurrection over agony and death.

Readers will notice that during some ways Vincent's tale is as a lot approximately us as approximately him. Tracing van Gogh's pilgrimage from being an apprentice paintings broker to being known as to minister, in self-renunciation and distress, between destitute coal miners, the narrative follows his winding, tortuous direction into maturity as he struggles with family members, affiliates, lovers--and with himself. regularly evidenced in Vincent's personal eloquent phrases and work is his tussle with the mysterious presence and maddening absence of God. Vocation unveils as a means of summoning and birthing his personal self, via an try and imitate Christ, calling forth van Gogh's impressive inventive powers from deep within.

Adding selection provides from different observers, Davidson the following weaves his personal certain, crafty tapestry of interpretation, generating a suspenseful day trip into the lifetime of van Gogh that gives profound which means at each turn.

"This richly designated and deeply felt account of van Gogh's tormented and self-tormenting existence, including many telling quotations from his correspondence along with his trustworthy brother Theo, can be crucial analyzing for all who see him as one of many geniuses of the 19th century."
--Frederick Buechner
author of secrets and techniques in the dead of night and The Yellow Leaves

"Charles Davidson's e-book viewing Vincent van Gogh's lifestyles and paintings is a wonderful contribution to methods we would top comprehend the artist's fight and spirituality. The stream of the narrative and the presence of theological and mental motifs aid us re-vision the artist in a postmodern framework that opens new and inventive channels for understanding."
--Cliff Edwards
author of Van Gogh and God, The footwear of Van Gogh, and secret of the evening Café

"This paintings of very best artwork unveils Vincent van Gogh's personal nice art--in lifestyles, paintings, and loss of life. It accomplishes this in amazingly assorted type and unpretentious, spiritual intensity. it's remarkably attuned to, and in general makes use of, Vincent's personal strikingly sincere, poetic statements in corporation with a few of Vincent's work. within the strategy, it translates either with each conceivably applicable instrument, drawing in others' profoundly insightful responses to Vincent with the author's personal. From starting to finish, Charles Davidson--pastor, instructor, clinician, poet, musician, and scholar--has created, reflectively, a unprecedented, easily awesome portrayal. Any attentive reader who has recognized both deprivation or fight in existence can locate the following a therapeutic love and joy."
--Terrence N. Tice
editor of Hermann Peiter's gathered essays, Christian Ethics in keeping with Schleiermacher, and translator of Friederich Schleiermacher's Christmas Eve Celebration

"Bone lifeless, and emerging is a psychologically and theologically incisive research of the existence and paintings, the psyche and spirituality of Vincent Van Gogh. it's tricky to visualize that the artist himself could have neglected the importance and worthiness of this verbally inventive rendering."
--Lallene J. Rector
co-editor of mental views and the spiritual Quest

Charles Davidson, a Presbyterian minister and psychotherapist, was once the Darrel Rollins Professor of Holistic Ministry in Pastoral Theology, Care, and Counseling at Virginia collage of Lynchburg, till retiring to Black Mountain, North Carolina, the place he lives together with his spouse, puppy, cats, saxophone, and clarinet.

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