CONTACT: The Rev. Deborah H. Piggins
St. Andrew’s Church
121 High Street Mt. Holly, NJ
On Sunday, October 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. Andrew’s Church in Mount Holly will host a book signing open to the public for a newly published book entitled The Heart of Discipleship by the Rev. Carmen Viola of Williamstown.
This colorful new book is designed to be used for personal reflection, group study, or family discussions. It invites readers to see Bible stories in an ongoing narrative and conversation, rather than as ancient history. The richly colored illustrations contain many layers of meaning through the use of light, color, and symbolism, continuing the medieval tradition of stained glass iconography, which uses vivid images to bring Bible stories to life. Discussion questions are presented for both adults and children, giving the book intergenerational appeal.
Since it became available in August, the book has already received high praise for its beautiful art work, accessible commentary, and ecumenical slant. From the Rev. Elizabeth Geitz, author of I am that Child, and many other highly regarded books, “[It’s] much more than just a Bible story book….equally appropriate and insightful for both children and adults. There is something here for everyone! …. There is a Children’s Corner, Points to Ponder worthy of people of all ages, Ancient Ideas, and Concepts that highlight the Biblical stories.” And another reader: “No matter your denomination, I honestly believe that any Christian looking for answers will enjoy this!” said one reviewer on the book’s Web site http://theheartofdiscipleship.blogspot.com/ Another praised the art work’s unique approach: “I would have imagined…angelic pictures of serene meadows with Christ walking with a lamb in his arms. Typical. But this was more real and I personally think that children are smart creatures and can see right through propaganda type art work. This artwork is beautiful but gets the message across.”
The author, the Rev. Carmen Viola, is a deacon at Grace Church in Haddonfield. The artist, Travis Hanson, is an Eisner-nominated fantasy illustrator with a huge imagination. The book is available through the Web site and Amazon.com and will also be available at the book signing.