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The main themes seem to be 'comfort and joy'.
December 13, 2011
Here's 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 â€˜stewed over' for 8 years vividly expresses the emotion in each spiritual. Patricia Raybon's 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 Glory's spirituals are grouped under four headings.
Spirituals included in â€˜The Bible Story' such as â€˜Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho' and â€˜Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel' assured the singers that God would bring deliverance.
â€˜Deep River' and â€˜Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen' obviously represent â€˜Times of Trouble' of which the slaves had so many.
â€˜True Testimony,' the next section, joyously presents â€˜He's Got the Whole World in His Hands'â€”even the little baby that was taken away and sold. These poor, down-trodden people boldly sang â€˜This Little Light of Mine.' I am awed at how God worked in the midst of such suffering!
â€˜Swing Low Sweet Chariot' and â€˜My Lord, What a Morning' declare that the singers are â€˜Heaven Bound.'
While each section shows the deep, childlike faith that God gave the slaves, the main themes seem, to me, to be comfort and joyâ€”yes, 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.
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: â€˜_So we climb it in our dreams, starting at the bottom, Always reaching. Always rising. Never stopping. Then God lifts us to the top.'
I was drawn to this beautiful book, because I've always enjoyed Spiritual songs, as most have uplifting words with upbeat music that finds you singing along; â€˜Go Tell it on the Mountain_' What I appreciate most, is that it celebrates a people's often crushed, yet resilient spirit; â€˜Enslaved Africans had no reason to sing. Especially about hope'. And yet they did, thus leaving an inspiring legacy that's 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.
<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.
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.