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Bound for Glory by Timothy R. Botts

Have you ever had a Bible that you really really wanted?  Okay, good to know that I'm not the only one.  The one I've always wanted is The Botts Illustrated Bible.  So you can imagine my excitement then when I discovered Bound for Glory by the same Timothy R. Botts that had done such a wonderful job illustrating the Bible.




If you hop over to Amazon you can see some of the amazing work that Botts has done.  He is a calligrapher, but that title reminds me of starchy weddings and this guy is so much more than that.  He doesn't just do amazing things with ink and paper, he has turned calligraphy into it's very own genre of art.  But then maybe it always has been and he's just reviving it one letter at a time.  I'm often reminded of the beautiful manuscripts of handwritten Bibles when I look through this book.

The subject matter is based on African American Spirituals.  The majority of the songs instantly bring up tunes to my mind and I start to hum them as I look through the book.  Each song has a full page print of the calligraphy work of Botts as well as a page of the words of the spiritual with thoughts and scripture.  It is beautiful and I don't know that I can say that enough.  I want to paste each of the art works to my walls to remind me of these songs as I go through my day.

It would make a wonderful gift for the music lover or the artist in your life, but it will also open doors for those that think that they don't like either.  If you need a portable piece of beauty to carry with you in this Christmas season, I would highly recommend Bound for Glory.

This book was provided to me by Tyndale House Publishers for review purposes.  When they gave it to me, they had no guarantee that I would like it, let alone love it as much as I do.

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