The Sound

Apart from German our first book Der Klang (Koesel Verlag Munich) was published in Korean, Bulgarian, Latvian and English.

The German edition made it to the national Bestseller List (Spiegel-Bestseller) and was sold more than 100.000 times. The English edition was published by Eerdmans Publishing (Michigan, USA) in April 2020.

The Sound of Life’s Unspeakable Beauty won a Christianity Today Book Award 2021 in the Culture and the Arts category.

"A declaration of love to creation and to life itself..." Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian broadcast).

Further information from the publisher

368 Pages

The Sound of Life’s Unspeakable Beauty

Author Martin Schleske
Foreword by Makoto Fujimura
with photographs by Donata Wenders
Translated by Janet Gesme

HARDCOVER: 4/14/2020 ISBN: 978-0-8028-7614-0 Price: $ 24.99 Trim Size, in inches: 5.50 x 8.50 

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Table of Contents

Translator’s Note

Preface: Creating Metaphors for Life

1. The Singing Tree: The Heart’s Search

2. The Tree’s Wisdom: The Beginning of Spiritual Strength

3. The Design: The Harmony of Opposites

4. Tone Colors: Beauty’s Vulnerability

5. The Arching and the Wood’s Grain: Belief as Reverence and Mercy

6. To Be an Instrument: The Beauty of our Calling

7. The Closed Sound: Belief in a Loving and Therefore Suffering God

8. Reworking the Violin: The Pain and Crisis of Faith

9. The Sculpture (I): The Meaning of Doubt

10. The Charisma of the Stradivarius: The Meaning of Grace

11. The Secret of the Violin’s Varnish: Reconciliation in the Diversity of Community

12. The Inner Fire: Living by the Holy Spirit

13. The Concert: From “Me” to “You”

14. The Sculpture (II): The Meaning of Beauty

Conclusion: A New Beginning