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by Timothy R. Botts

Bound for Glory is a powerful gift book inspired by a collection of calligraphic paintings by world-renowned calligrapher Timothy R. Botts. The book features 52 paintings that are visual interpretations―in words and pictures―of African American spiritual songs. These amazing songs are an important part of our American heritage, and they continue to give us hope in the face of life’s many challenges. The book also includes 52 reflective readings from Botts and African-American writer and speaker Patricia Raybon. It also includes lyrics from the spirituals along with inspirational Scripture verses from the New Living Translation.
Download Bound for Glory: Celebrating the Gift of African American Spirituals through Expressive Calligraphy epub
ISBN: 1414354533
ISBN13: 978-1414354538
Category: Photography
Subcategory: Music
Author: Timothy R. Botts
Language: English
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (November 1, 2011)
Pages: 128 pages
ePUB size: 1605 kb
FB2 size: 1603 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 304
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I loved the illustrated calligraphy and the authors expanding on the songs. Beautiful!
A most beautiful book. Timothy Botts is a great artist and my favorite calligrapher. And Spirituals are so deep and express so much about our wonderful Lord. This is a lovely book to display as a coffee table book or to give as a gift.
Super P
I have all of Tim Botts' books but this one is super special because it is a signed copy! Love his work and am inspired by it!
Beautifully illustrated. A strong reminder if my childhood songs that give so much strength and encouragement in these hard times. A must to share with the next generation of faith and fortitude.
This book has 52 African American spirituals, with the words to the songs, a reflective passage about the song, and a beautiful calligraphic letterforms painting. I personally liked the reflective passages that were written by the artist, because he would usually explain the process behind his art.

Some of the old spirituals were unknown to me, but many were familiar to me and would probably be familiar to you: Rock-a-My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham, We are Climbing Jacob's Ladder, Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho, Them Bones, Them Bones, Them Dry Bones, Go Tell it on the Mountain, He's Got the Whole World In His Hands, and This Little Light of Mine are among the more familiar songs. I found myself singing to my children while reading this book.

After reading it the first time, I went back and re-read the calligraphic letterform paintings. I love them. They are beautiful. They are art.

After reading this book, I have decided to purchase 2 copies for friends of mine. One person was a singer in a college choir. They sang many of these songs in performances. The other has suffered a devastating loss and I think this book will comfort her.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
Bound for Glory is a collection of spirituals which Timothy Botts presents as a way to celebrate African American music. Each song is presented in its entirety (at least it seems to be complete songs), and Botts created illustrations to go with each. The illustrations usually incorporate some of the lyrics, and they're presented in a way to evoke a visual representation of the song. For example, with the song "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" the image features chariot wheels, but also has flames underneath the printed chorus. It's a beautiful picture which blends colors, textures, and even the chosen font to depict the song. Working with Patricia Raybon, personal reflections are offered on the songs, and they write about why the song is important to them.

On the whole, I really enjoyed this book. I recognized many of the songs when I was a child, many of which now are widely popular as songs taught to children. I remember learning songs such as "The Blind Man" at the summer camp I attended, even though it wasn't presented as an African American spiritual. There were also a number of songs I didn't recognize, and though I didn't know the rhythm, it was easy to either guess or search online for many of them.

I also enjoyed just seeing the illustrations and seeing how Botts chose to represent the song. I loved that the illustrations seemed quite diverse. There were some I enjoyed more than others, but I liked the majority of them. Some were more obvious in the depictions, while some seemed more subtle. The main thing I didn't like with some were the fonts chosen for the lyrics. At times they seemed to bold and took away from the image behind, but that was only a problem for a few.

Songs include:
Rock-a-My soul
Where you There?
I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray
Lord, I Want to be a Christian
Down by the Riverside
I Want to Be Ready
All God's Children Got Shoes

And many more. If you enjoy many of the African American spirituals, you may enjoy this book.

4/5 stars
I received this book free from Tyndale. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
I want to celebrate the incredible gift of music that African Americans gave to the church and to the whole world. It is amazing that these people, many of them enslaved by Christian people, saw beyond their owners hypocrisy and embraced the real Jesus. I believe that these miracle songs are an example of how God can take our deepest pain and, in response to our faith, create something beautiful.

Well-known calligrapher Timothy Botts offers these words about what shaped his work in Bound For Glory: Celebrating The Gift of African American Spirituals Through Expressive Calligraphy (Tyndale, 2011). He has created 52 rich visual meditations on well-loved spirituals like O Happy Day, Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child, Go Tell It On The Mountain and His Eye Is On The Sparrow. Each song is given a two-page spread: on one page, the Botts' shimmering artwork, on the other, lyrics, small images, a brief meditation and a passage of Scripture. Author Patricia Raybon penned many of the meditations in this book. Her words are prayer and preaching, and each one captures the essence of the song's meaning. She exposes the comfort in the lament Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen:

Why hide / When God knows everything about you / Anyway? / So He understands / Deep hurt / And a bruised body / And the pain of hunger and the sting of sorrow when / folks betray you and leave you / Alone in the world to die / And here's the reason He knows: / He's been there, too.

These songs are born out of pain, injustice, loss, hope, and love. They grew out of a past filled with injustice, but they are as fresh as this morning's news, and will be sung long after we are in glory. Bound For Glory honors the past, present and future of these well-known spiritual songs. The book creates music for the eyes with the gorgeous visuals, and music for the soul with thoughtful meditations. It would make a wonderful gift for a musician or a friend in need of a voice of hope. Recommended.

Tyndale provided me with a review copy of this book. (Thanks, Tyndale!)