Windows of the Soul is one of my favorite books. I just reread it, and it was just as meaningful the second time through. Ken Gire writes of seeing God through the windows of life, including vocation, literature, art, wilderness experiences, poetry, movies and more. His stories resonate; his writing sings.
Although Gire graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary, he went through “wilderness years” before finding his niche as an author. His struggles tested his faith, but he came out richer for it—richer in faith and I believe richer in his craft. In this book he shares much of how God has touched him through everyday life.
For instance, Gire was at first unmoved by Van Gogh’s paintings. But he then learned the artist was once a preacher who could not relate well to people. Van Gogh struggled with depression that finally claimed his life. And as Gire discovered this dimension of the artist’s life, he came to appreciate and understand his art.
One of my favorite chapters, “Windows of Humanity,” shares Gire’s feelings as he watched a homeless woman drag a cart by a playground of happy schoolchildren. He saw a woman who had once been one of those happy little girls, and he captured the scene in a poem that takes you there. While Gire admits he did nothing to help this woman, he also tells the story of intervening when a man was beating his wife and how he encountered God through that experience.
On these pages you meet Gire’s wife and family. His writing is rich with imagery, yet practical in application--inspirational and insightful reading at its finest. You’ll get more out of the movies you see, the books you read, the walks you take, because Gire has opened your eyes to God in the world around us—if we only open our eyes to see Him.
After I read Windows of the Soul the first time, I was hooked on Gire’s writing and have since read several of his other books; all of them draw you into a more intimate relationship with Christ.