Beauty from Catechesis - Rev. Gaven Mize
Beauty and Catechesis weaves together Luther's Small Catechism, fantastic works of art from history, devotions, and collect prayers that tie it all together. This book also offers the Litany and collect prayers for the family to use together as they work through the foundations of the faith and prayer. This book is a 'must have" for the family who desires to learn along with your familial catechumens!
"Beauty and Catechesis combines a judicious use of classical art, succinct meditations, and short prayers once again demonstrating how Luther’s Small Catechism is a multi-faceted book of doctrine, prayer, and life. Too often, the Catechism is considered only as an elementary and basic introduction to Christian doctrine, easily mastered only to be set aside for books and manuals that allegedly go deeper into the Bible and hold out a more contemporary approach to Christian life. Pastor Gaven Mize demonstrates the contrary. The Catechism in its simplicity embraces not only the depth of the Christian faith, but also its beauty.
This little book by Pastor Gaven Mize invites you to meditate on the riches stored in the Small Catechism. It is a meditation that involves the mind, heart, and eye as readers are drawn into the simple beauty embedded in Luther’s confession of the biblical faith. This book like the Catechism itself is not for a quick, one-time reading, but promises to be an ongoing companion for spiritual refreshment and edification."
-Prof. John T. Pless Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne, Indiana.
From Edward Riojas, LCMS Artist/Art Historian
“The Rev. Gaven M. Mize is about to show us what Rembrandt has to do with the First Commandment.In a throwback to the days when our visual appetites were sated alongside our need to read, “Beauty and Catechesis” comes as a refreshing addition to the bookshelf. And what could be a better pairing than Luther’s Small Catechism and works of art by the masters?Rembrandt’s “Daniel and Cyrus Before the Idol Bel” compliments Luther’s explanation of the First Commandment and the author’s expounding on the same. Works by Rubens, Ingres, Masaccio, Bosch, El Greco, da Vinci, and a host of others are also featured, spanning stylistic periods, artistic media, and individual notoriety. But “Beauty and Catechesis” isn’t just another pretty book.Mize deftly weaves the Catechism into devotion into art lesson. Without explaining beauty or beating to death a philosophical definition of the same that is bound to get ugly, he simply shows beauty through fantastic examples of master works and through the greater beauty of Holy Scripture.For visual learners, this little book will help instill the words of Luther’s Small Catechism, and breathe meaning into both Luther’s explanations and the featured artwork. “Beauty and Catechesis” is not a book to be memorized, but a book to which the reader will want to return and explore.”