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The Artist's Rule
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Price: $14.95
Product ID : 9017
Manufacturer: Christine Valters Paintner, PhD
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The Artist's Rule: A Twelve-Week Journey

Nuturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom

Christine Valters Paintner

Summarized in the phrase "pray and work," The Rule of St. Benedict provides the inspiration for Christine Valters Paintner's newest exploration of the mutually nourishing relationship between contemplative practices and creative expression. Artists of all stripes and stations in life–poets or painters, potters or photographers–will discover how traditions of Benedictine, Celtic, and desert spirituality can offer new sources of inspiration for their work.

Through this twelve-week course, themes like "Sacred Tools and Sacred Space," "Creative Solitude and Community," and "Nature as a Source of Revelation and Inspiration" are enriched by Paintner's perceptive discussion and enhanced by insightful quotations from well-known artists and writers. Each week offers suggestions for grounding both the creative and the spiritual life through three basic practices: walking, lectio divina, and journaling. In sync with Paintner's vibrant Internet presence, The Artist's Rule is supplemented with online resources, including guided meditation podcasts, video lessons, and discussions.


"At every turn, the beauty and depth of Paintner's writing and the references she includes makes reading a rich experience."

—Cistercian Studies Quarterly

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

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