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The work of TIMOTHY R. BOTTS reaches back to letterforms as old as the first century and combines them with contemporary graphic design principles to express the meaning of great words. Interweaving background, text, and image into one, he strikes a balance between visual expression and legibility to give a face to that which is spirit. Botts earned a BFA in graphic design from Carnegie-Mellon University, during which time he apprenticed in calligraphy with Arnold Bank. He spent three years in Japan teaching conversational English and was influenced by the rich tradition of Japanese brush writing. Since 1972 he has designed more than 600 books for Tyndale House Publishers near Chicago, where he is an art director. Nine books of his own work have been published, including Doorposts, Messiah, and a Bible illustrated in his calligraphy. Botts is a part-time instructor at the College of DuPage and has taught workshops internationally. His work is part of the permanent collection of Chicago’s Newberry Library. He helped found and serves as artistic director for Masterpiece Ministries, which conducts an annual camp for high school students in the arts. Tim and his wife, Nancy, have three grown children and twelve grandchildren.
PATRICIA RAYBON, award-winning author of Tyndale’s I Told the Mountain to Move (a Book of the Year finalist in Christianity Today’s 2006 Book Awards), is also author of the critically acclaimed My First White Friend, which won a Christopher Award and a Books for a Better Life Award. Her personal essays have been published in the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, USA Weekend, the Chicago Tribune, and In Touch magazine and have also aired on National Public Radio. Formerly a Sunday magazine editor at The Denver Post and a features reporter for the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, Raybon also taught print journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder and now writes full-time on matters of faith. She tackles topics that challenge believers to move higher, go farther, and draw closer to God. A lifetime Colorado resident, Patricia and her husband, Dan, have two grown daughters and four grandchildren.
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Posted November 2, 2011
"Bound for Glory" is a wonderfully illustrated book of African American spirituals that will have you tapping your toes to the musical memories. Timothy Botts pulls you into the lyrics with his calligraphy, breathing new life into the music. Patricia Raybon then adds more to the song with her interpretive words. As you go through each section, it isn't only the song that captures the imagination, but the meaning behind it. Whether by the drawing or the words, readers everywhere will be impressed with the power of the message these spirituals offer. There are four sections enabling the reader to enjoy the flow of the words and the calligraphy. Some of my favorites are "Them Dry Bones," "Wade in the Water," "I Shall not be Moved," "The Gospel Trains' a-Comin," and "Oh Happy Day." What will yours be?
I have really been enjoying this book. Whether enjoying one of these spirituals the first time through or successive visits, I have felt drawn into the pictures. Then, reading the words has made everything so alive. It is a book I will enjoy sharing with others and think it is a great book to have in your home, on a coffee table perhaps. It will help create many wonderful conversations. I found a lot of wonderful memories in the songs and found myself singing along, which made me stop and really pay attention to the details. This book will also make a wonderful addition to a Sunday School class or Bible study group. I recommend it to everyone. I received my review copy from Tyndale Books and thank them so much for the opportunity!