Bound for Glory: Celebrating the Gift of African American Spirituals through Expressive Calligraphy
The main themes seem to be 'comfort and joy'.
HereÃ¢ÂÂs a beautiful gift book that could be used in a homeschool as well. Bound for Glory is a volume of expressive calligraphy and thoughtful reflections on African American spirituals.
Each of the 52 spirituals is allotted a colorful two-page spread. The calligraphy that Timothy R. Botts Ã¢ÂÂstewed overÃ¢ÂÂ for 8 years vividly expresses the emotion in each spiritual. Patricia RaybonÃ¢ÂÂs poetic reflections tie the songs to both the past and the present, and occasionally Botts explains his paintings. Comforting, challenging Bible passages accompany each one.
Bound For GloryÃ¢ÂÂs spirituals are grouped under four headings.
Spirituals included in Ã¢ÂÂThe Bible StoryÃ¢ÂÂ such as Ã¢ÂÂJoshua Fought the Battle of JerichoÃ¢ÂÂ and Ã¢ÂÂDidnÃ¢ÂÂt My Lord Deliver DanielÃ¢ÂÂ assured the singers that God would bring deliverance.
Ã¢ÂÂDeep RiverÃ¢ÂÂ and Ã¢ÂÂNobody Knows the Trouble IÃ¢ÂÂve SeenÃ¢ÂÂ obviously represent Ã¢ÂÂTimes of TroubleÃ¢ÂÂ of which the slaves had so many.
Ã¢ÂÂTrue Testimony,Ã¢ÂÂ the next section, joyously presents Ã¢ÂÂHeÃ¢ÂÂs Got the Whole World in His HandsÃ¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂeven the little baby that was taken away and sold. These poor, down-trodden people boldly sang Ã¢ÂÂThis Little Light of Mine.Ã¢ÂÂ I am awed at how God worked in the midst of such suffering!
Ã¢ÂÂSwing Low Sweet ChariotÃ¢ÂÂ and Ã¢ÂÂMy Lord, What a MorningÃ¢ÂÂ declare that the singers are Ã¢ÂÂHeaven Bound.Ã¢ÂÂ
While each section shows the deep, childlike faith that God gave the slaves, the main themes seem, to me, to be comfort and joyÃ¢ÂÂyes, comfort and even joy in the face of great suffering.
Bound for Joy: Celebrating the Gift of African American Spirituals through Expressive Calligraphy is an art book, a devotional, and a dramatic history all in one. It would make a wonderful gift.
December 13, 2011
a great gift book
Bound for Glory Ã¢ÂÂ Timothy R. Bott
Celebrating a rich musical heritage, this hard-cover gift book holds an abundant collection of African American Spirituals, each one enhanced by relevant scripture verses and vivid calligraphic paintings. You get a taste of these gorgeous graphics, appealingly depicted in the title. Included in this volume are insightful, poetic reflections from African-American writer and speaker, Patricia Raybon: Ã¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂ¦So we climb it in our dreams, starting at the bottom, Always reaching. Always rising. Never stopping. Then God lifts us to the top.Ã¢ÂÂ
I was drawn to this beautiful book, because IÃ¢ÂÂve always enjoyed Spiritual songs, as most have uplifting words with upbeat music that finds you singing along; Ã¢ÂÂGo Tell it on the MountainÃ¢ÂÂ¦Ã¢ÂÂ What I appreciate most, is that it celebrates a peopleÃ¢ÂÂs often crushed, yet resilient spirit; Ã¢ÂÂEnslaved Africans had no reason to sing. Especially about hopeÃ¢ÂÂ. And yet they did, thus leaving an inspiring legacy thatÃ¢ÂÂs still treasured and enjoyed by America and beyond.
In exchange for an honest review I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House.
November 7, 2011
Beautiful Spiritual Artwork
<em>Bound for Glory</em> by Timothy R. Botts is a visually stunning book. Botts takes African American spirituals that have played an important role in our nation's life and illustrates them with vibrant colors and beautiful script. Along with the art work are the lyrics to the spiritual, a reflection by Botts or speaker Patricia Raybon and a devotional Bible verse from the New Living Testament.
<em>Bound for Glory</em> is a great gift book, devotional or just a fun book to look at the artwork. The paintings are a visual delight, reflecting well the mood and theme of the specific spiritual their words were lifted from.
Tyndale House Publishers provided a free copy of the book for review, but my opinion was not swayed in any manner.
November 2, 2011
Bound for Glory
I agreed to review this book not long after my sister, mother, and a few friends of ours had been given a lesson (by a wonderful lady in our church) on how to write in calligraphy. So this book, of course, warranted great interest when I saw it available on Tyndale's website.
Inside the hardbound cover is collection of expressive calligraphy inspired by African American Spirituals. Several of these songs I'm familiar with, and I was eager to see my favorites. Though many of the color choices of the art is not really my style, and reminded me a little of the sixties-era magazines inherited from my great-grandmother, the actual writing is creative and well-done. My personal favorites were "Joshua and the Battle of Jericho", "When the Saints Come Marching In" "Amen" and "The Blind Man".
I received this book for free from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
October 26, 2011