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Lightposts for living : the art of choosing a joyful life
Kinkade, Thomas, 1958-2012.
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New York : Warner Books, [1999]

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xii, 238 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
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BJ1581.2 .K493 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
BJ1581.2 .K493 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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An inspirational message from one of America's most popular living artists discusses eighteen simple tenets that can transform lives and build the core spiritual and family values of simplicity and light.

Author Notes

Thomas Kinkade was born in Sacramento, California in 1958. He spent one summer on a sketching tour with a college friend and afterwards produced the instructional book, The Artist's Guide to Sketching. The book's success landed the two artists at Ralph Bakshi Studios to create background art for the animation feature, Fire and Ice. After the film, Kinkade began earning a living as a painter and is now one of America's most collected living artists. He has also written numerous books including Lightposts for Living and the Cape Light series.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

With a six-times-yearly QVC telemarketing show and more than 150 theme stores hawking his paintings and spin-off merchandise, Kinkade is the most popular artist in the U.S. He produces highly idealized, serene small-town and rural scenes during what seems to be the late 1920s. His images liberally decorate this new coauthored book that Warner, impressed by the success of its predecessors for evangelical Christian Harvest House, is giving a quarter-million-copy first printing. The words accompanying the pretty color pictures relay Kinkade's advice for living the kind of life implied by his idyllic artwork. Each of the 12 chapters discusses a particular "lightpost for living," such as "Living in a Playing Light," "Living in the Light of Thankfulness," and "Living in the Light of Unfolding Miracles"; and the advice in each is dispensed very mildly and soothingly. God is mentioned now and then, but, perhaps reflecting Kinkade's switch from a religious to a secular publisher, Jesus is not (Kinkade does affirm that he is a Christian). A kinder, gentler version of thinking positively--the brand vended by some televangelists, though not dissimilar, is far more ferocious--Kinkade's latest product may be easy for some to recoil from as kitsch, but it is basically unobjectionable and, judging from his track record, unsophisticatedly appealing. --Ray Olson

Publisher's Weekly Review

With 10 previous books primarily showcasing his paintings, including the CBA bestsellers Simpler Times and Romantic Hideaways, Kinkade now articulates his vision and his essentially Christian philosophy of life. Described by the publisher as America's most popular living artist, Kinkade paints scenes of natural beauty and idyllic homes. His work is widely collected in this country and merchandised through 150 Kinkade-themed retail stores and on QVC. With this book, his first from a major trade house, Warner is clearly betting on his crossover appeal. Color reproductions of his work are generously interspersed throughout the text, but the focus here is on his message, which combines aspects of the simplicity movement with basic "family values." Co-writing with Anne Christian Buchanan, and using artistic terms such as "painterly light," "balance," "harmony" and "filtering," Kinkade has successfully captured his vision in a gift book guaranteed to charm his fans. What sets this work apart from other simplicity books is the sweetness of the language and the strength of Kincade's religious faith. Urging readers to take "joybreaks" for little pleasures and to nurture their own childlike curiosity, he admits to being an unabashed romantic with his wife. Telling readers not to mistake austerity for simplicity, he takes obvious delight in the life his material success has made possible for his family. Those who don't share his vision may find the sweetness cloying and the view old-fashioned. But this book is sure to captivate his millions of fans and those who find comfort and pleasure in his idealized paintings. Four-color art throughout, including 16 full-page prints. 250,000 first printing; major ad/promo; author tour. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved