Illuminations captures the questions of people on paths of faith. It asks how these questions in turn influenced their beliefs--a story the contributors tell in painting, photography, poetry, and short prose. It purposefully excludes descriptions of religious beliefs, rituals, practices, and discussions of their merits, with the understanding that empathy--and eventually peace--is created when we ask questions, rather than take a position and prescribe answers. And it is precisely when we are struggling with doubt and asking ourselves questions about life's joys, crises, and concerns that we open ourselves to deeper discovery.
With 180 contributors from forty-two countries representing diverse cultures, faiths, and spiritual perspectives, Illuminations has more than 100 full-color photos and pieces of art, including pieces by Marianne Williamson, Julia Cameron, award-winning artist Marcus Antonius Jensen, Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu, and spiritual leaders Dharmachari Maitreyabandhu and ShantiMayi. An enjoyable text, a gift with depth and heart, Illuminations is a quiet book of subtle, colorful splendor.
"Illuminations merges art and spirituality into an elegant and moving collection of profound beauty. This book is a physical blessing to all who are fortunate enough to view it."
--Arielle Ford, founding partner of The Spiritual Cinema Circle
"Illuminations helps the reader move past understanding to empathy, which is the way to peace."
--Jody Williams, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
"An important book, Illuminations allows all of us to deepen our connections with one another through the profound questions that live in every faith, every culture, and every heart. This is a book that affirms the inner dependence and interdependence of out time."
--Lynne Twist, author of The Soul of Money
Publisher: Celestial Arts (September 2006)