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Eyes of the Heart

Eyes of the Heart

Photography as a Christian Contemplative Practice

by Christine Valters Paintner

"Eyes of the Heart is more than a celebration of God's presence in the world. It is itself an experience of receiving the Divine directly within."

—Anthony F. Chiffolo, Author of 100 Names of Mary

About the Book and Author

About the Book and Author

Adapting the monastic practice of lectio divina (sacred reading) into a form of visio divina (sacred seeing), Christine Valters Paintner invites readers to a new way of viewing the world.

Read an Excerpt: Seeing with Eyes of the Heart

Read an Excerpt: Seeing with Eyes of the Heart

"Part of the spiritual journey is learning how to see, not with our physical eyes, but with our spiritual eyes."

What People Are Saying

What People Are Saying

"Opening Christine Paintner's Eyes of the Heart is like entering a garden in full bloom. It opens up all your senses so you see, smell, taste, and touch the world in a whole new way."—Jan Phillips

Seeing with the Eyes of the Heart: A Q&A with Christine Valters Paintner

Seeing with the Eyes of the Heart: A Q&A with Christine Valters Paintner

"Instead of going out in the world seeking the best composition or the most beautiful image, I pay attention to what is shimmering and calling to me."

Author Website

Author Website

Visit Christine Valters Paintner's website, Abbey of the Arts, an online global monastery without walls offering retreats, classes, books and resources to nurture contemplative practice and creative expression.

Eyes of the Heart Blog Tour

Eyes of the Heart Blog Tour

Read what bloggers across the web are saying about Christine's latest book.

Seeing with the Eyes of the Heart: A Guided Meditation with Images
By Christine Valters Paintner

Book Club Roundtable

Seeing God In A Photo

Seeing God In A Photo

Adam Jeske

We must consider not just what is beautiful, but what is real, what is good, and what is true.

An Invitation to See More Clearly

An Invitation to See More Clearly

Elizabeth Nordquist

This book is a welcome invitation to see the Holy One more clearly, follow the Spirit more nearly, leading me to love God more dearly. 

The Act of Photography as Spirituality

The Act of Photography as Spirituality

Courtney Perry

As a professional photographer, what I'm challenged by in Eyes of the Heart is approaching photography without an intention for outcome.

From Taking to Receiving

From Taking to Receiving

Craig Detweiler

We may want to "capture" a moment, but aren't we better allowing the moment to capture us?

Eyes of the Heart in Photography

Eyes of the Heart in Photography

Jenny Bosak

As a photographer, the book inspired me to take a deeper and different perspective on the world around me.

Seeing the Beauty

Seeing the Beauty

Bruce Epperly

The philosopher Alfred North Whitehead claims that the goal of the universe is the production of beauty and, I believe, Paintner would agree.  

Seeing the Invisible Realm

Seeing the Invisible Realm

Frank Viola

Paintner explains how the camera can help people open the eyes of their heart. She draws heavy on the spiritual writers of the past who talk much about seeing the invisible realm.

The Lost Art of Attention

The Lost Art of Attention

Chris Smith

There are many arts, crafts and even hobbies that can train us to be more attentive.  It is in this context that I found Christine Valters Paintner's new book, Eyes of the Heart. 

Cultivating Contemplation in Your Parish through Photography: A Webinar

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