The book, commissioned by Crossway publishers, references the centuries-long traditions of handmade illuminated liturgical books – full-page illustrations before each section, smaller illustrations throughout, and decorated letters to begin chapters. But Fujimura's, of course, are completely modern.
Although I have seen only a few images from the book as yet, to me the project is exciting in many ways. Artistically, because Fujimura is one of the most accomplished abstract artists alive, and his powerful work moves even many who are unfamiliar and uncomfortable with modern art. Theologically, because of the potential for a new type of image to aid contemplation of the gospel texts. Practically, because it is a commission. A committed group of believers thinks it is important enough to pay an artist to do this work.
"The true purpose of art is the same as the true purpose of anything; it is not for ourselves or for our own self-expression, but for the service of others and the glory of God."
Philip Graham Ryken