Bound For Glory
Celebrating the Gift of African American
Spirituals through Expressive Calligraphy
By Timothy Botts
With reflections by Patricia Raybon
Beauty….Struggle….Hope…Victory…Sorrow…all are subjects of the spiritual songs and beautiful artwork depicted in this book. The artist has skillfully captured in visual form, the words and expression of lyrics that the African-American people brought into the church and culture by way of its time in slavery. These poignant songs capture the soul of a people and their faith, and they continue to reveal the hope that we have in our Lord during trials and tribulations. The Gospel shines throughout . The volume illustrates around 50 songs in four different categories: The Bible Story, Times of Trouble, True Testimony and Heaven Bound.
Botts and Raybon, through the use of calligraphy, watercolor, photography, poetry, and scripture captures the essence of these emotional songs. Botts’ art is inspired by the African American community, quilts and even graffiti and flow freely and colorfully. We have been provided with a beautiful book worthy of any library. Each page is filled with a unique vision of the song, the lyrics, and a gentle reflection upon the song. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves art, music, African-American history and more. This would make a great gift.
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