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[Read by Grace Conlin]
One of Edith Wharton's most acclaimed works, The Custom of the Country is a blistering indictment of materialism, power, and misplaced values. Its heroine, Undine Spragg, is one of the most ruthless characters in all of literature, as selfishly unscrupulous as she is fiercely beautiful. When her family acquires a small fortune, they leave America's heartland and head east. As Undine climbs the social ladder through a series of marriages and affairs, she shows little concern for who she has to step on to get anything and everything she desires. Her rise to the top of New York's elite society - before moving on to conquer Paris as well - provides a poignant and scathing commentary on the unquenchable ambitions of America's nouveau riche.
From the Publisher: The goal of this book is to provide a deeper discussion of what believers practicing their discipline for God’s glory would (or should) look like. Rather than defending the believer’s place in the arts—which has been done very well in other works—this book is intended to be primarily about issues related to making art.
The premise of this work is that a Christian looks at the world differently than the non-Christian due to a restored relationship with the Creator. With that restored relationship comes certain responsibilities which are presented in True Spirituality by Francis Schaeffer when he says, "Christians are to demonstrate God’s character, which is a moral demonstration, but it is not only to be a demonstration of moral principles; it is a demonstration of His being, His existence."
This moral demonstration will be worked out in the creative process. If not seen thematically in their work, it will be seen foundationally in their existence. It is not the believers’ goal to integrate their art with the Faith, rather the art of God’s chosen people must spring from faith. Our relationship to our Creator is the one core issue that matters and this relationship gives us the freedom to have "no prescriptions for subject matter," as Hans Rookmaaker says.
Imagine a Christian sitting down to create a piece of pottery, write a novel, or paint a picture. This believer has decisions to make: color, form, content, theme . . . as well as where they fit into their church and larger community. Of course this book can’t dictate things such as, "Paint a red bird . . . write the song in standard time . . . the pot should have three handles . . . " But decisions do need to be made and it is the intent of this book to give the readers ideas to work through so they can develop the internal tools needed to carry out their artwork with a biblical worldview.
In this way, It Was Good—Making Art to the Glory of God will offer both theoretical and practical insights into the making of art from a biblical perspective. And this is crucially important in our age since the area of Beauty is the only point of connection with society since the bridges of Truth and Goodness have been burned. Kuyper’s concept of the dual purpose of art to imitate and transcend nature resonates at this point. We as believers in the arts can show through the common grace of art a fleeting picture of Eden. We should not allow the arts to be the sole dominion of the enemies of God but instead we should join with Martin Luther in affirming our desire to see all the arts "in the service of Him who has given and created them."
Title: The Custom of the Country
Publication Date: 2012
Book Condition: New
Book Description Blackstone Audio, Inc., 2012. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1441712712
Book Description Blackstone Audio Inc, 2012. Compact Disc. Condition: Brand New. unabridged edition. 6.25x6.75x1.25 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # 1441712712
Book Description Blackstone Audio, Inc., 2012. Audio CD. Condition: Good. Unabridged LIBRARY. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 1441712712