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The Artist's Rule

The Artist's Rule

Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom 

Author: Christine Valters Paintner

Foreword by: Macrina Wiederkehr, O.S.B.

Price: $16.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 192

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 978-1-933495-29-3

Imprint: Sorin Books

On-sale date: July 11, 2011

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The Artist's Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom, by Christine Valters Paintner, author of Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire, invites readers to discover and develop their creative gifts in a spirit of prayer and reflection. This twelve-week course draws on the insights and practices of Benedictine spirituality to explore the interplay between contemplation and creativity.

Summarized in the phrase “pray and work,” The Rule of St. Benedict provides the inspiration for Christine Valters Paintner’s newest exploration of the mutually nourishing relationship between contemplative practices and creative expression. Artists of all stripes and stations in life—poets or painters, potters or photographers—will discover how traditions of Benedictine, Celtic, and desert spirituality can offer new sources of inspiration for their work.

Through this twelve-week course, themes like “Sacred Tools and Sacred Space,” “Creative Solitude and Community,” and “Nature as a Source of Revelation and Inspiration” are enriched by Paintner’s perceptive discussion and enhanced by insightful quotations from well-known artists and writers. Ideally formatted for faith sharing groups and parish retreats, this guide offers suggestions for grounding both the creative and the spiritual life through three basic practices: walking, lectio divina, and journaling. In sync with Paintner’s vibrant Internet presence, The Artist’s Rule is supplemented with online resources, including guided meditation podcasts, video lessons, and discussions.


A "jewel of a book."

"This jewel of a book will help you tap the eternal in your deep soul."

Macrina Wiederkehr, O.S.B., Author of
Seven Sacred Pauses (from the foreword)

"A treasure for those of us who long to live a rich inner life."

"It is a time of shift, of awakening, new challenges, greater complexity in every dimension of daily life. The Artist’s Rule is a treasure for those of us who long to live a rich inner life, to be fully human and creative members of a creative Universe, to give expression to what is moving within us—to write, paint, make music, and dance. Christine frames her exploration in monastic wisdom, but in our present context where the whole world is our monastery. The inner guide of each of us is thoroughly welcomed and nourished throughout the chapters—in explorations, guided imagery, mystical insight, poetry, music, reflections, inspiration, practices of creativity, ritual—as we travel today’s call to creativity and contemplation."

Mary Southard, C.S.J., Artist/Illustrator for
The Cosmic Dance: An Invitation to Experience Our Oneness

"Wisely conceived, carefully crafted."

"Graciously offered, wisely conceived, carefully crafted, The Artist's Rule leads the reader ever more deeply into practices that recover the awareness that contemplation and creativity spring from the same Source. This work, grounded in Benedictine spirituality, offers us ways to rediscover the sacred art of living and serving, following the Spirit's lead and awakening to the artist's palette of our daily lives."

Mary C. Earle
Author of The Desert Mothers

A "feast of a book."

"This feast of a book will satisfy any person longing to truly participate in creation in creative ways. Each weekly session is inviting, safe, and surprisingly doable due to Christine's compassionate arrangement of elements.... Be ready to be rocked, to be pulled and to be pushed, and to fly. Her words and her exercises will take you to a place you've never been before, because you will be asked to do things you haven't done before. This book is like an angel who sweetly whispers to the ear of my heart create (draw, sketch, paint, move, cook, hum, write, be silent) to praise. This book helps me to embody the Benedictine motto 'That in everything, we glorify God.'"

Roy DeLeon, OblSB, Author of
Praying with the Body: Bringing the Psalms to Life

"Gracefully written and ever-consoling."

"Gracefully written and ever-consoling, The Artist’s Rule demands engagement from its reader. It challenges artists of every variety to journey actively with their Rule, and to thereby plumb the riches of both a contemplative and generative discipline. "

Image Journal

"A vibrant and multidimensional creative ability."

"Paintner has a firm grasp of the material presented here and a vibrant and multidimensional creative ability that brings it all to life. Her mystical perspective is very appealing."

Spirituality & Practice

"Invest some time in The Artist’s Rule. The return will be worth it!"

"As with pretty much everything in life, what you get back is a fair measure of what you put in (or out). But this book is worth putting something in; that would be effort. . . . Invest some time in The Artist’s Rule. The return will be worth it!"

Elizabeth Scalia
Managing Editor of the Catholic Portal

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