Sandra M. Levy-Achtemeier, Ph.D.

Reviews

Imagination and the Journey of Faith: Book Reviews

Spirituality & Practice, December 2008:

Sandra M. Levy is both a clinical psychologist and an Episcopal priest currently serving as priest associate at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia. In this book she is interested in the role of imagination in the faith journey. Levy offers a definition of this faculty: Read more

The Virginia Episcopalian, March 2009:

The Rev. Sandra Levy, priest associate at St. John's, Richmond, offers an interesting look at the role of imagination in our relationship with God in her new book, Imagination and the Journey of Faith. Ms. Levy's basic premise, drawn from the work of William James, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and others, is that imagination is a gateway between God and human beings. Read more


Living Church,
July 2009:

This book explores the role of imagination in our search for God, or imagination as the "gateway to God." In that sense, there are ways to enhance our imaginative capabilities to further our sense of the transcendent. Read more


Spirit & Life
, July - August 2009:

Sandra Levy creates a masterful work dealing with imagination, from earliest childhood's foundations to adult use of imagination on one's faith journey. For her the imagination's foundation is laid in childhood, even in the beginnings of learning spatial relations in the creeping crawling stage. Up is good -- Dad picks you "up" and smiles, the cookie jar is "up." Read more

 
EpiscopalLife,
October 2009:

In this book rich with resources and resonant with clarity, Sandra M. Levy explores "the role that the human imagination plays in the development of religious faith." She begins with the idea that creativity clamors in the heart of any possible meetings with God, or "transcendence," her generous synonym. Read more


Anglican Theological Review, Fall 2010:

Imagination, Levy contends, is a gateway to God that swings both ways: through ritual, metaphor, and symbol, we can feel God reaching out to us; through these same literary and artistic resources of meaning, we can express our personal encounter with transcendence. Read more