The tagline to my blog is “because stories matter.” No matter the source, a story is a powerful thing. That’s one reason I love reading fiction and non-fiction alike – there’s so much to gain from listening to another’s story. Framing Faith is all about story; some of the author’s, Matt Knisely, as well as finding our story. As the forward said, this book is for “those who struggle to create and comprehend beauty.”
Like a photographer or storyteller, Jesus exhibited time and again how easy it is to capture moments of profound importance just by noticing, stopping, and responding to his surroundings.
In a world moving way too fast, Framing Faith is a book for people seeking to focus their lives, to find a deeper knowledge of God, and a more authentic Christian faith. In this modern age, many of us fill every “spare” moment we have rather than taking an intermission to see the true works of God and realize that he is present in every moment.
Matt Knisely communicates biblical truths in a fresh way, allowing you to really hear them, as if for the first time. He illustrates a new way to see God and to help us live in the moment through the exploration of various photography concepts, including:
- Darkness versus Light
His probing questions and unexpected presentation lead readers into a place of honest self-examination, causing them to ask, “Am I listening to God?” Framing Faith provokes its readers toward reflection; it reveals God is in everything we see and do.
I requested to review this book without really knowing what it was about. Some friends told me about it on twitter and it was written by a photojournalist, so how could a girl say no? While I know I’m a bit biased as a photographer myself, this book was an inspiring piece, meant to encourage the reader to fully embrace their story without all the distraction, written for them alone by the Master Storyteller. Plus he used quotes by Ansel Adams. 🙂
“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” Ansel Adams
I don’t want to simply quote the whole book, but this one had a lot of encouraging and convicting lines. Like the fact that we are “stewards of the moments that have been given to us by God” and “our greatest and most destructive sin may just be ‘being busy.'”
Dang son. Truth.
While there isn’t anything “new” which Knisely imparts, it’s nonetheless important to hear and I appreciate his perspective, much like this quote:
“No statistic can ever carry more power than a person’s true story told with authenticity.”
And this one:
“The purpose of story is to generate a relationship-to promote trust and intimacy, to gain acceptance, and to have an emotionally healing experience.”
Sprinkled throughout his insight, Knisely shares stories from his career (a fascinating one at that!) and it’s encouraging to see the stories of ways God worked.
“Our God is the God who wastes nothing. Who redeems everything. Who makes beauty from ashes and gladness from mourning.”
I really enjoyed how he discussed key components of photography and related them to our role and purpose in God’s story. But this book isn’t only for fellow photographers. It’s for those looking to make their story matter and inspire. Because that’s the kind of story God wants us each to live.
This book reminded me of something true, honest and real: I want to savor life. I want those defining moments and I want to make them matter.
I have to include one more quote. Then I’m done. Promise.
“If we really look at our lives, we can see how God has made beauty out of our ashes, how he has exchanged joy for our sadness, and how he has placed praise on our lips instead of grief. To share only the pain of our stories is to leave them incomplete. We must share how God redeemed our failures, how we learn to laugh at ourselves, how we learned life-changing lessons through those moments that have shaped who we are today. And when we are as open about our failures as our successes, we free people to become the people God has created them to be.”
How about you readers? What’s part of your story you share or what are some of your biggest distractions? I’d love to hear your thoughts on some of the quotes as well!
(Thank you BookLook Bloggers & Thomas Nelson for the copy in exchange for my honest review)