Thursday, March 22, 2018

Book Review: '12 Devotionals' by Stan Bendis Kutcher

Stan Bendis Kutcher is a highly regarded comic artist who has published 12 superb books of instruction for artists on drawing Magna, anatomy (figures and faces) for comics and comic coloring books. He has created exceptionally complete drawing books that may be focused on artists who create comics, but are so well written and filled with a plethora of visual diagrams that they could just as easily be textbooks for basic figure drawing classes in art schools. `Comic art or sequential art is a means to capture a sequence or moment in time by telling a story.’ And now he combines that talent in bringing us a series of twelve devotionals for teen and adults. Stan believes that ‘by creating things and developing ones talents, all form part of the calling given to us by the true Creator.’

Stan presents a devotional for each month of the year, opening each with a quote from scripture followed by a meditation and ending with a prayer. For instance Devotional Number 3 is for this month of March and is titled Popularity. He opens with a quote form Romans 12:16 ‘Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.’ This is followed by Stan’s thoughts on being an active member of humanity: God values all people, races, personalities social groups, and levels of status…. And ends with a Prayer – Dear God, we may look at others through your eyes and not with judgment. Help us so be humble and love people of all groups, races, religions and personalities. Thank you. Amen.

Yes, the devotionals are based on religious thoughts and that is one reason Stan brings them to our attention. Pause, consider, reflect, change – and find peace. Grady Harp, March 18

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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