|Special Issue| August 16, 2003|
Intruding Upon the Timeless:
"Far from being preachy or doctrinaire, Wolfe's elegant prose is a joy to read and savor; his provocative, illuminating essays fully engage the mind." -Booklist
Originally published as the editorial statements at the beginning of each issue of Image, these short, evocative essays constitute a new Christian aesthetic for our time. Each of the meditations is like a polished gem: radiant, gracefully written, beautiful in itself, but also serving as a stimulus to further reflection. They remind us of the way that both faith and imagination reach beyond the limits of reason to intuit the mystery of redemption.
Among the subjects of these meditations are:
The book is enhanced with the engravings of Barry Moser, one of America's leading artist/illustrators.
Paperback, 173 pp.
Praise for Intruding Upon the Timeless
Wolfe's vision is the animating force behind Image, one of the
best journals on the planet. Intruding Upon the Timeless, a collection
of his pieces from Image, takes its title from a phrase of Flannery
O'Connor. That's apt, because not since O'Connor's Mystery and Manners
has there been such bracing insight on the pile-up where art and faith
collide. This book will rev your engines and propel you down the same
long been a big fan of Greg Wolfes editorials in Image and
Im thrilled to find them all collected in one volume. Nobody does
a better job of reconciling and synthesizing art and religion than Wolfe.
His brilliant insight into the spirtual is founded on his understanding
that artists and preachers are asking the same questions about the universe.
Intruding Upon the Timeless is an essential book for anyone who
perceivesas Jesus didthat storytelling is the primary mode
of understanding the infinite.
Wolfe's reflections from his editor's chair are much more: they are spiritual
essays. For, with a prose as fine and sharp as a surgeon's knife, Wolfe
manages, over and over, to cut very close to the soul.
an age that has been facilely identified as secularized or post-Christian,
Gregory Wolfe was among the first to perceive instead a renaissance of
religious humanism in the arts: of writers and artists who did not abandon
their faith in Mystery but drew courage, guidance, and inspiration from
it. The trenchant and erudite short essays of Intruding Upon the Timeless
serve as a stirring introduction to that popular but rather subterranean
movement, and establish Gregory Wolfe as one of the most incisive and
persuasive voices of our generation.
nearly two decades, Gregory Wolfe has kept a keen eye on the increasingly
busy crossroads of art and religion in America; his initiating and ongoing
insight has led to a wealth of significant accomplishment, but the most
sustained (on his part) and sustaining (in the service of countless others)
has been his shepherding of Image Journal.
While these editorial essays can serve, most readily, as documents of
recent literary and art history, recording the surprising renewal of substantive
religious thought in both, we would do well to bear in mind that each
has served, in its turn, as initiating, encouraging, visionary impulse
for much of what it both describes and brings into being.