Every Knee Shall Bow- A Christmas Collection -by Gaye Frances Willard (Author, Painter)
Review by LAWonder10:
Do you still need a Christmas gift? This is a wonderful gift for Teens or Adults.
Does Santa Claus have any place in the spiritual side of Christmas? Artist/Author Gaye Frances Willard offers an emphatic "Yes" in her art collection of Santa Claus and the Nativity.
The author makes several valid points in defense of her work. Such as, "Historically, there did live a Christian Bishop named Nicholas, whose life of devotion to Christ and acts of generosity led to the legacy of... Santa Claus". "He reflects the good in us and he reflects the bad".
This book contains illustrations of her Santa Claus collection with scriptural references from the Bible and her "vision" in each one. In each depiction, the author has camouflaged a cross, many are very hard to see, but with her reflection of a humble, worshipful "Santa", she desires the viewer to realize the birth and Resurrection of Christ are equally important.
Her artwork is symbolic, yet many have objected to it. How can Christians find offense to symbolism when Isaiah, the Book of Revelations and even Christ's Parables are full of symbolism? Although I agree with the author, my personal beliefs are not centered on "the cross". The main suffering and agony for our infirmities and sins was in Gethsemane, culminating with the flogging, mockery, betrayal and the ultimate crucifixion. Still, I have no objection in her uses of they symbolic "cross".
To summarize her key points I quote her statement, "Since man breathed the first breath of air on this planet, God has not ceased to communicate with him through every possible avenue".
There are many inspiration thoughts in her writing. She stated points in a way I had never thought of them, and I consider myself fairly well-versed in scripture with in-depth understanding.
What better gift can one give than this beautiful hardcover copy of artwork and inspirational writing?
I offer a Five Stars rating.
*This was gifted me by the publisher with no request for a positive review. This is my honest review.
ABOUT the AUTHOR:
Gaye Frances Willard is an award-winning artist with commissioned portraits in both private and public collections worldwide. Her painting, “Every Knee Shall Bow,” was represented in an exclusive line bearing her name, and carried nationwide by Hobby Lobby and other retail outlets. In addition to her latest release, she is the author/illustrator of four children’s books as well as the book, “Common Sense Christianity for an Uncommon People.” She is a member of the Portrait Society of America and makes her home in Trinity, North Carolina. She and her husband, Eddie, have five children and fourteen grandchildren. For more information, visit www.portraitartistnc.com. | Facebook
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