Baker Academic Spring 2023 Catalog


Redeeming Vision A Christian Guide to Looking at and Learning from Art Elissa Yukiko Weichbrodt Premised on the belief that we are all morally formed by images, this illustrated resource provides a practical guide for Christian viewing, offering tools for closely looking at and learning from art and from images we encounter in the media. “I wish Redeeming Vision had been in my hands when I was a young Christian seeking to understand how to connect my faith, my love of art and beauty, and my mere humanity. This book is instructive, engaging, delightful—in a word, outstanding.” —KAREN SWALLOW PRIOR, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; author of On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books “A welcome resource to help educators, students, and interested others develop their capacities for meaningful engagement with works of art informed by a vibrant and sound Christian faith.” —RACHEL HOSTETTER SMITH, Taylor University “Weichbrodt has provided what Christian discourse about the visual arts over the last fifty years has lacked: an on-the-ground guide to looking. Redeeming Vision is a remarkable text that will play a crucial role in helping to initiate countless curious but often confused seekers into the practice of looking at art.” —DANIEL A. SIEDELL, The King’s College, New York City “ Redeeming Vision is an erudite and yet wonderfully hospitable invitation for the layperson to engage deeply with art and art history through a profoundly Christian theological perspective. A vital contribution to the library of any sincere student of visual culture and its central importance in our lives.” —BRUCE HERMAN, gallery director, Barrington Center for the Arts “Weichbrodt offers a thoughtful, integrative path toward engaging the visual world of art as she explores key questions all artists, historians, and students can ask in both their work and their lives. She does all this while inviting them to a truly integrated path of living.” —ERIN SHAW, John Brown University “A beautiful gift to the church, offering us the tools we need to see Christianly. Without hyperbole, I would assert that this is a book every Christian should read.” —NED BUSTARD, creative director of Square Halo Books; editor of It Was Good: Making Art to the Glory of God

MARCH 2023 • 272 pp. • paper • $29.99 • 9781540965974

Elissa Yukiko Weichbrodt (PhD, Washington University in St. Louis) is associate professor of art and art history at Covenant College. As a biracial Japanese-white woman, she has navigated the joys and tensions of a hybrid identity. Weichbrodt has published on topics ranging from contemporary Black photographers to the patronage of Hawaiian landscape paintings to documentary photographs of Japanese Americans during World War II.


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