Steve presents a compelling view of the beauty that surrounds us, and the wonder that it creates. He pointing all beauty back to God the father, the original architect, author, painter and source of all beauty and love. With a foundation in the trinity, and despite our fallen nature, God still displayed his handiwork to us, which is purposed to lead us back to gasp in wonderment at our God.
The content is largely focused on the experiential. By focusing on many shared experiences; sunsets, poetry, music, art and similar experiences. However, there is a significant difference when we experience something of such extreme beauty that moves our spirit within. A chord is struck that reverberates throughout our being, and we cannot help but be mesmerized, moved and to react accordingly. Especially in those, moments, DeWitt proposed, We have a small insight into revelation of God’s complete beauty.
Of course, being human, any moment of wonder or awe is replaced with disappointment, as the feeling is never sustained. Because of this, fallen man is on a quest to fill that void with anything he can to sustain that sense of awesome beauty and wonder – satisfaction at the fleeting, which can never be attained in this life. DeWitt offers this as his central thesis;
This is what the heavens shout. This is what every good and desirable beauty in the universe declares. God is Himself beautiful and is the sum of all that is desirable. the more admirable and beautiful something is, the more blasphemous it is not to desire and delight in it. God is the object of our beauty cravings. As the beauty beyond and behind all beauty, He is the measure of what is truly beautiful.
DeWitt unravels wonderful examples from ordinary occurrences that present the beauty of God in our lives, if only we take the moments to stop and appreciate the beauty being displayed. He then walks us through the emotions, responses and changes in our souls as we encounter beauty.
Quoting heavily from C.S. Lewis and Augustine gets high marks from me in any book, but I think DeWitt does a wonderful job of expounding on Lewis’ thoughts about desire, satisfaction and realizing the source of all our desiring is God.