Visual Theology: Seeing and Understanding the Truth About God (2020)

Visual Theology: Seeing and Understanding the Truth About God Tim Challies Josh Byers Visual Theology Seeing and Understanding the Truth About God We live in a visual culture Today people increasingly rely upon visuals to help them understand new and difficult concepts The rise and stunning popularity of the Internet infographic has given us a
  • Title: Visual Theology: Seeing and Understanding the Truth About God
  • Author: Tim Challies Josh Byers
  • ISBN: 9780310520436
  • Page: 209
  • Format: Paperback
Visual Theology: Seeing and Understanding the Truth About God Tim Challies Josh Byers We live in a visual culture Today, people increasingly rely upon visuals to help them understand new and difficult concepts The rise and stunning popularity of the Internet infographic has given us a new way in which to convey data, concepts and ideas.But the visual portrayal of truth is not a novel idea Indeed, God himself used visuals to teach truth to his people TheWe live in a visual culture Today, people increasingly rely upon visuals to help them understand new and difficult concepts The rise and stunning popularity of the Internet infographic has given us a new way in which to convey data, concepts and ideas.But the visual portrayal of truth is not a novel idea Indeed, God himself used visuals to teach truth to his people The tabernacle of the Old Testament was a visual representation of man s distance from God and God s condescension to his people Each part of the tabernacle was meant to display something of man s treason against God and God s kind response Likewise, the sacraments of the New Testament are visual representations of man s sin and God s response Even the cross was both reality and a visual demonstration.As teachers and lovers of sound theology, Challies and Byers have a deep desire to convey the concepts and principles of systematic theology in a fresh, beautiful and informative way In this book, they have made the deepest truths of the Bible accessible in a way that can be seen and understood by a visual generation.
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  1. Andrew Pendleton

    This book is kind of like a mini systematic theology of healthy Christian growth that uses colorful and informative infographics and visuals in addition to the text of the book Because of the helpful graphics and visuals, I think I will find myself referring back to this book often for myself and as I get into conversations with friends It s a great coffee table book in that regard He divides up spiritual health into four parts which make up the 4 sections of the book Grow close to Christ, Unde [...]

  2. Robert Durough, Jr.

    I picked up Visual Theology Seeing and Understanding the Truth About God by Tim Challies and Josh Byers because I was intrigued by a bit of its marketing material, which may be found on the back of the book Visual Theology presents the concepts and the principles of systematic theology in a fresh, beautiful, and transformative way Using graphic displays and text that go hand in hand, this unique resource helps you connect the truth of the Bible to life application I anticipate a book full of hel [...]

  3. Ruth

    The text itself is theologically sound, though light I d call it a theological primer The graphics, however, are worth the price of the book They re thoughtful and absolutely gorgeous Recommended especially for young or new Christians.

  4. Michael Boling

    Admittedly I am a very visual learner Many times when my wife is attempting to describe her vision for a future home renovation project, it is difficult for me to put her words into a mental picture of what she is trying to get across I need a blueprint or a picture at least to put some context and connections to the vision being relayed Once I have that in hand, the grand vision and to a large degree the details begin to come into focus Tim Challies, noting that many others fall into the same v [...]

  5. Gini

    Interesting concept book I ve not seen anything quite like it elsewhere and suspect that for some this one would be quite helpful And that is why I find myself in a love hate quandary over this one Challies narratives present the 101 theology basics to the reader The last section Live for Christ being the best of the lot as far as readability goes The others are the reason theology has such an uphill climb with most people Accurate, factual, categorized Dry as the bones Elijah saw in the desert [...]

  6. Stephen Temple

    This is a good introduction to systematic theology It s a very easy read but is nothing you wouldn t have seen before if you ve read something in depth The book is well designed and attractive to pick up, this helps me with wanting to read it Some of the visuals are great, some of them are a bit arbitrary, and they are all basically just a summary of the text which is really the strong point of this book.I plan to lend this book to Christians I know who a re not readers, this is the kind of boo [...]

  7. Tori Samar

    An eye catching book with glossy paper and color, color everywhere However, I don t think I m the best audience for this book since I ve always been a word lover through and through Infographics typically don t make much of a difference for me Thus far, the only infographic I ever get excited about is the Your Reading Year in Review one that sends me every December I can see how this book would be helpful to a visual learner, but I was paying attention to the written theology in the book If I w [...]

  8. Matt Athey

    I picked this book intending to survey it quickly and ended up reading it all in one sitting What it is a light don t mean that pejoratively systematic theology focused on Christian growth This book contains clear, eye catching, educational infographics Even if you ve had a lot of exposure to Bible doctrine I d recommend this book as a good easy reading remindercially if you teach preach.

  9. Neil Richardson

    Tim Challies is such a blessing to God s Church and the world today He writes with precision, concision and wit, and can always be relied upon to stay faithful to the Bible, and to connect intelligently to modern culture Visual Theology is a large format, entry level Christology with an accessible style and lots of colourful diagrams infographics, in some cases Its 10 chapters comprise Gospel, Identity, Relationship, Drama, Doctrine, Putting Off, Putting On, Vocation, Relationships and Stewardsh [...]

  10. Joey

    A solid entry level theology book with illustrations that help to summarize the work Challies writing is easy to follow, engaging, and reasonably thorough on the basics without going too far into the weeds I was a little disappointed for a couple of reasons First, I had wrong expectations I thought visual theology meant there would be illustrations that helped depict complex ideas such as the atonement, the trinity, the church, and the prophetic future Instead, it is really illustrative text , w [...]

  11. Kristen Stieffel

    A solid book that doesn t live up to its hype Also mistitled Theology the study of God, but this book is all about you It s a good book about the Christian walk, but it s not theology It s you ology The infographics are okay, but don t really provide the kind of enlightenment they are billed as having They re possibly useful to visual learners, but many of them are just attractive arrangements of text, so they strike me as extraneous Not mind blowing or enlightening, as the marketing copy would [...]

  12. Angie Cherney

    Though I am 100% a visual learner, I didn t care for this book I think it s a GREAT read for a new Christian or even an unbeliever, but for a seasoned Christian, it felt a bit Ho hum It covered the basics of Christianity which, as a long time follower of Jesus Christ, I was frankly bored with I wanted meat, something deeper I found myself annoyed with the visuals because they were redundant to the words written on the previous pages It s a good book for beginner Christians, however.

  13. Nate Miller

    While the author did a great job in hitting the high points of theology with a well flowing book, I was expecting a book of charts and visual aids to accompany a theological text book This book should be a great read for casual readers desiring to learn about the Christian faith It is not a collection of visual aids for ministry and academic study, though.

  14. Melissa Lyons

    A great starting point for a new Christian who hasn t dug into reformed theology yet Are they the best visual representations or displays of some of the concepts I think some fall short but to each his own and if it helps another sister or brother internalize the concepts or commands and then live them out I can t argue with that.

  15. Nathan Douthit

    A good intro to theology and the Christian life The graphics were not as helpful as some of the ones that I had seen on the website before Not sure I would recommend it to a large audience, but is helpful for someone new to Christianity.

  16. Jamie Moore

    Good, basic book on theology The artwork is at times helpful and reinforces theological truth, but it is not groundbreaking or very creative, in my opinion The book is a good primer on basic theology, though.

  17. Elizabeth

    Solid teaching, but just not as in depth as I was wanting Also, the graphics were of a pretty design than an infographic.

  18. Myersandburnsie

    Beautifully written and illustrated This book is a must read for young Christians and is useful for mature Believers to be reminded of the benefits, expectations and beauty of their salvation.

  19. Alaric Aumann

    This was a great little systematic theology book and I can t recommend it highly enough to everyone.

  20. David Steele

    Tim Challies and Josh Byers Visual Theology Seeing and Understanding the Truth About God Grand Rapids Zondervan Books, 2016 155 pp 10.60Visual Theology Seeing and Understanding the Truth About God is the highly anticipated book by Tim Challies and Josh Byers This is an absolutely beautiful book The larger than life cover welcomes readers to dive headlong into the journey of grace A quick glance through the book will reveal colorful infographics that attract the eye and lead the heart in a Godwar [...]

  21. Mary Lou

    Visual Theology Seeing and Understanding the Truth about God is a new Zondervan publication 2016 by Tim Challies and Josh Byers It is not simply an apologetics book written to help people understand key doctrines of the Christian faith It presents the essence of the gospel in word and graphic art form to teach people how to live the Christian life and how to train yourself not just by believing the right doctrines and truth but by putting those beliefs into action Tim Challies Josh Byers, Visual [...]

  22. Schuyler

    While I expected a lot infographics than the book actually had it was comprised of ten chapters, with two or three infographics per chapter, sometimes up to four the ones that were included really did enhance the book When I m reading nonfiction or theology, a graphic or two never goes amiss, and it made for a refreshing break from reading now and then to study over the charts and graphs accompanying the chapter I thought the book was primarily going to be infographics, and I wish it could have [...]

  23. John Kight

    Visual Theology Seeing and Understanding the Truth About God by Tim Challies and Josh Byers provides a perfect blend of theological faithfulness with cultural sensitivity As the back cover acknowledges, we live in a visual culture, increasingly relying on infographics and other visuals to help us understand new and difficult concepts The visual dependence of the twenty first century has thus necessitated a theological approach that will both captivate and instruct, and Challies and Byers have de [...]

  24. Kirk Mahoney

    The author definitely helps readers to see and understand the truth about God with this one of a kind approach to explaining the Bible.

  25. Spencer Cummins

    Visual Theology Seeing and Understanding The Truth about God by Tim Challies and Josh ByersI was excited about this new book, Visual Theology, by former pastor and prominent blogger Tim Challies alongside the work of Communications Pastor Josh Byers In it, the authors seek to get to put together the disciplines of the Christian life in order that readers may grow in their faith in the entirety of their lives In other words, to promote the concept of growing in godliness is one of the primary rea [...]

  26. Bluerose'sHeart

    Overall, I hate to say that I was disappointed in this book As far as the written content, which is most of the book, it s written by Tim Challies I think most people out there have heard of him, and received some wisdom from him I have myself That said, I m not Reformed , as he makes himself well known as I am a Christian, plain and simple, and I am a member of the church that Jesus Christ established in the New Testament We disagree on many things, particularly in the area of Salvation and bap [...]

  27. John

    Challies and Byers introduce Visual Theology by saying, we live in a visual culture, increasingly relying on infographics and other visuals to help us understand new and difficult concepts Challies and Byers are spot on with this need and the first thing that struck me about their book is how aesthetically pleasing its production was I try to buy as many books as I can via Kindle today, but was glad in retrospect to be unable to purchase this book in that medium The book is well designed and eve [...]

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