Framing Faith: From Camera to Pen, an Award-Winning Photojournalist Captures God in a Hurried World  -     By: Matthew Knisely
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In Framing Faith, Matt Knisely communicates biblical truths in a fresh way, allowing you to really hear them, as if for the first time. He illustrates a new way to see God and to help us live in the moment through the exploration of various photography concepts, including perspective, composition, processing, and darkness versus light. His probing questions and unexpected presentation lead readers into a place of honest self-examination, causing them to ask, "Am I listening to God?" Framing Faith provokes its readers toward reflection; it reveals God is in everything we see and do.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: W Publishing
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.11 X 6.11 (inches)
ISBN: 0849921872
ISBN-13: 9780849921872
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Publisher's Description

Stop. Slow down. Be present. The moment matters.

Like a photographer or storyteller, Jesus exhibited time and again how easy it is to capture moments of profound importance just by noticingstopping, and responding to his surroundings. In a world moving way too fast, Framing Faith is a book for people seeking to focus their lives, to find a deeper knowledge of God, and a more authentic Christian faith. In this modern age, many of us fill every “spare” moment we have rather than taking an intermission to see the true works of God and realize that he is present in every moment.

Matt Knisely communicates biblical truths in a fresh way, allowing you to really hear them, as if for the first time. He illustrates a new way to see God and to help us live in the moment through the exploration of various photography concepts, including perspective, composition, processing, and darkness versus light. His probing questions and unexpected presentation lead readers into a place of honest self-examination, causing them to ask, “Am I listening to God?” Framing Faith provokes its readers toward reflection; it reveals God is in everything we see and do.

Author Bio

Matt Knisely is an Emmy Award winning photojournalist, storyteller, creative director and artist who loves telling stories of the extraordinary in the ordinary. He has been described as “one of the most versatile photojournalists working today,” and has a national reputation for his unique approach to visual storytelling. He is the creative director for Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas. Matt's work has won many honors, including the Edward R. Murrow Awards for photography.

Leonard Sweet is the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew University (NJ), a distinguished visiting professor at George Fox University (OR), and a weekly contributor to Sermons.com and the podcast Napkin Scribbles. A pioneer in online learning with some of the highest "influence" rankings of any religious figure in the world of social media (Twitter, Facebook), he has authored numerous articles, sermons, and more than fifty books.

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  1. Columbus, GA
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Inspiration to Live in the Moment, to See God at Work Everywhere
    July 24, 2014
    Janet
    Columbus, GA
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    On the day that I went to the "BookLook Blogger" site and chose this book for review, I actually had my eye on another title. But this one that Id never even heard of jumped out at me instead and demanded my attention. Im so glad it did! I loved the thoughts contained in this book; I will definitely read it again.

    I realize that it might not be everyones kind of read, but, if you enjoy seeking God in the ordinariness of life, discovering connection between random events and Gods attempts to communicate with you, you will appreciate Matt Kniselys insights, presented through the eyes and words of a photojournalist.

    The book is divided into three sections: Focus, Capture, and Develop. Each of these sections contains chapters related to that aspect of photography in turn relating the word to life. I really appreciated the descriptions of each chapter included in the Table of Contents. These helped me to better understand and focus on each of Kniselys points. Bible study, quotations from well-known authors, and the authors personal experiences turned into analogies also made his message clear. Each new chapter built upon the last, bringing the overall purpose of the book to light.

    If youre looking for inspiration to live in the moment and see God in new ways, at work everywhere, I recommend "Framing Faith" to you. I especially recommend it to photographers, writers, artists, and storytellers of all kinds.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this honest review.
  2. North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A good book to make you think
    July 21, 2014
    nchuntington
    North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The first thing I have to say is I made good use of my highlighter with this book. In this too fast paced world today, with so many distractions, it was nice to be reminded to slow down and wait for God to speak to us. As a creative person myself, Matt connected with me and the distractions I face every day. This book is a keeper for more future readings.
  3. Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A B-12 Shot for the Soul!
    July 16, 2014
    MitchRoush
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Every-so-often a book comes along at the perfect time.

    The context of your life crashes with the brutal therapeutic truth provided on the pages. It seems as though the very moment you decided to crack it open was pre-determined for this exact moment. As if the universe was aware you needed to experience something you weren't aware existed. And with each turn of the page, you find yourself feasting more and more on the discoveries shouting from the text.

    Every-so-often a book manages to create the sense of sitting at the feet of the writer over coffee.

    Within each catch-phrase or bold-statement or perfectly crafted story you gain this sense that you not only needed this book, but that you could see yourself becoming friends with the author. The way they share their story, the authenticity, the vulnerability all create a judgement-free haven of sorts. The book itself is more a vehicle of building up your courage to embrace what you're discovering about yourself.

    Every-so-often a book carves its way into your soul, speaking truth, igniting healing & breeding courage.

    As you dive deeper and deeper into the words, the soul poured out onto the page, you can't help but feel yourself growing. Accepting the hard-to-swallow truths have never been so easy. Yes, feather ruffling as they may be, they're still true. And you find yourself being honest with your reflection for the first time in a while.

    Such is the case with Matt Knisely's new book, "Framing Faith".

    A book of creativity, raw stories, darkness & light, searching for stillness and presence and so much more-FRAMING FAITH has found a way to breathe new life into the bedraggled hearts of the burnt-out or de-churched. A refreshing bout of truth beautifully woven together as a healing-yet-joyful confessional of sorts. It's a book that's easy to read but finds itself weighing heavily on your mind for all the right reasons. A brutally truthful B-12 shot to the soul. FRAMING FAITH is not only one of the most important books of the year-it's one you'll enjoy the challenges it subtly lays at your feet.

    I cannot recommend this book enough!

    Multiple times throughout reading, I had to stop and share potent quotes with friends and loved ones.

    If you're searching for more_This book is for you.

    If you're tired of feeling busy all the time_This book is for you.

    Fans of: Erwin McManus, Donald Miller, or Brennan Manning_This book is for you.

    If you want to add more creativity to your life_This book is for you.

    If you want to be inspired to do your part to make your church better_This book is for you.

    If you have trouble noticing_This book is for you.

    If you suffer from approval addiction_This book is for you.

    If you simply want to read a profound book that won't make you feel stupid_This book is for you.

    If you want to be challenged_This book is for you.

    If you want to read one of the best books 2014 will see_This book is for you.
  4. Charlotte, NC
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Weaving Creativity and Faith Together
    July 9, 2014
    brianfalexander
    Charlotte, NC
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    If there is one thing Matt does well in a passionate way it is that he weaves the thread of creativity into every part of his faith journey. This book will inspire you to live in the moment, and not just in your technology devices. I really enjoyed reading this book, and can say that i'll be able to apply what I learned in practical ways. Matts life is not much different than my own so the book was very relatable. I am forever grateful to Matt for this great work of art.
  5. 2 Stars Out Of 5
    "Framing Faith" fails to develop
    June 30, 2014
    Scotty
    Quality: 2
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 1
    If you're a creative who worships the concept of "story," you might enjoy "Framing Faith" by Matt Knisely (published by Thomas Nelson). The real story is, this book fails to develop into the inviting read its marketed to be.

    Knisely, a noted photo journalist, is a master storyteller with a camera, at least he has the credentials and awards to laud him as such. But his intentions for this book are like a promising roll of film that failed to develop properly in the darkroom.

    The table of contents for this book is unique. Under each chapter heading is a paragraph that seems to be a summary statement for the content we should find in that chapter. But Knisely fails to develop those summary statements into compelling content once you arrive at the corresponding chapter.

    The book contains an ongoing rant on the priceless value of "story," but the content is overwhelmed with a rambling on about the value of a photo. With his skills, I would think Knisely could do a masterful job of editing himself, yet we find splashed throughout the contents a profuse rewording of the importance of a picture. He will state how valuable a photo is, and then go on and on saying the same thing, only worded differently. Why his editor didn't step in on multiple occasions with the insight of, "You've already said this ... several times, in different ways!" is something that stumps me.

    It makes the book into not much more than an artist's ramblings.

    The times Knisely's writing does shine is when he tells a story. But, as odd as it sounds, he fails to tell very many in this book. Whatever he was really wanting to say through this paperback would have been much better communicated (and far more interesting and beneficial to the readers) if he would have written in a style that meets his strengths by making his points through story telling. Instead, the book is based on using a few skills of a photographer (discovery, attention, purpose, etc.) as chapter subjects. Yet, often I would be reading and think, "Yes, he's creating a point, I see a point here, he can make this ..." and then he moves on, having missed the opportunity to fully develop what seemed to be a point he was going to make. Or could have. It just failed to develop.

    Like the book as a whole.

    Like an out-of-focus photo, "Framing Faith" is a fuzzy tale you don't need to make part of your collection.

    I received this book free from HarperCollins Christian Publishing as part of their BookLook book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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