The Artist’s Rule

Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom

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Publication 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.

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Pages: 192

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9781933495293

Imprint: Sorin Books

  • “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
    Author of Strange Gods

  • “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

  • “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 feast of a book.”

    “This feast of a book will satisfy any person longing to truly participate in creation in creative ways. This book helps me to embody the Benedictine motto 'That in everything, we glorify God.'”

    Roy DeLeon, OblSB
    Author of Praying with the Body

  • “A jewel of a book.”

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

    From the foreword by Macrina Wiederkehr, O.S.B.
    Author of Seven Sacred Pauses

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