Beyond The Face

Looking for the Soul in a Portrait

Stephen Girling

978 1 915412 69 0 |June 2024
Paperback |160 pp |216 x 135 mm
Price: £14.99

Our lives are a complex web of relationships with those we most associate with by their face. For some this includes a face of God, imagined or as portrayed by artists. These relationships give us insights about ourselves and others that change how we think or what we believe or value. By focussing on the human face, Beyond the Face explores how portraits can help us relate to other people in an intentional and expectant way. Using a three-step method of noticing, responding, and reflecting they offer a straight-forward way both to read the human face in a portrait and to notice ourselves being read by it. Written in an accessible way, this is a book that will deepen our empathy for friends and strangers in order that we might live in a kinder and more generous way.

Stephen Girling was ordained as a parish priest in the Church of England in 1991, after a short career as a scientist with the Ministry of Defence. He has a long-standing interest in art history and spirituality and has written and delivered short courses and lectures on topics which engage with art, lived experience, personal formation, and Christian spirituality. In 2016 he completed a Masters in ‘Theology, Imagination and Culture’ at Sarum College, Salisbury. As Missioner and Priest at Bath Abbey he curates exhibitions of the Abbey’s own collections and visiting art collections and installations. He is a trained and practising spiritual director. Stephen is married with four children and lives in Bath.
ISBNs: 9781915412690 978-1-915412-69-0 Title: beyond the face