The writing life
Recommended by Resource Center for Churches, which “gathers the recommendations of our users to share outstanding web, video, print, and other resources for faith formation and all areas of church life.”
Cole Hartin for The Living Church–not posted online, but reproduced here because making the book truly was an extended act of contemplation:
“A provoking visual exploration of divine love . . . This book is a sacramental and mystical contemplation on the nature of God. Goring uses photographs of household objects like string and beads to illustrate her probing prose. In the vein of Julian of Norwich, whom she quotes, Goring depicts scenes of prayer and shepherding to visualize the love and faithfulness of God. Adults will find this book compelling and children will find the images and the various elements used to make them fascinating. Parents looking for a book to complement and expand on images found in biblical stories will find this a welcome and beautiful resource.”
Read & Share, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Park Ridge, IL
Picturing God has inspired a creative project of learning & active meditation for fourth-graders at Kenilworth Union Church, Kenilworth, IL!
Lianna Cornally, director of kids’ ministries at Sanctuary Community Church in Coralville, Iowa, videotaped herself reading Picturing God in a pen full of 8-day-old baby goats! Goats, God & Gratitude
A reading at Hamline Church in the Minneapolis area. Another (with golden retriever!) at Plymouth Congregational UCC, Fort Collins, CO. Here’s one at Trinity Lutheran Church, Connellsville, PA; another at Church of the Pilgrimage, Plymouth, MA; another at Guildwood Community Presbyterian Church of Scarsborough, Ontario, Canada; another at Church of the Savior, Wheaton, IL; one at Grace Presbyterian Church, Tuscaloosa, AL. First Presbyterian Church of Asheville has featured Picturing God in its online Arts Camp (summer 2020).
Picturing God is included in a list of book resources for godparents from Liturgy Publications (under category “Books That Present Images of God”).
“Mother to the Moms,” blog post by Amy Louise Negussie
Recommendation, alongside creative spiritual practices for exploring our inner images of God, by Kutsu Companions
Review by Glenys Nellist at Christian Children’s Authors
Adriana’s Angels / Los ángeles de Adriana
Caras lindas de Colombia / Beautiful Faces of Colombia
Soap Is Political
Chicago Public Radio’s Worldview, interview + reading
Review at Any Given Sundry blog
Review (with other books) on Diane Lefer’s blog Nobody Wakes Up Pretty
Review by Margaret Rozga at Blue Fifth Review
“Under,” a poem from the book