This image is the cover for the book The Sound of Life's Unspeakable Beauty

The Sound of Life's Unspeakable Beauty

Christianity Today Book Award in Culture and the Arts (2021)

“In the final analysis, music is prayer cast into sound.” 

One of the greatest luthiers of our time reveals the secrets of his profession—and how each phase of handcrafting a violin can point us toward our calling, our true selves, and the overwhelming power and gentleness of God’s love. Schleske explains that our world is flooded with metaphors, parables, and messages from God. But are we truly listening? Do we really see? Drawing upon Scripture, his life experiences, and his insights as a master violinmaker, Schleske challenges readers to understand the world, ourselves, and the Creator in fresh ways. 

The message of this unique book is mirrored in sensitive photographs by Donata Wenders, whose work has appeared in prominent newspapers and magazines, including The New York TimesRolling Stone, and Esquire, as well as museums and galleries throughout the world.

Martin Schleske, Makoto Fujimura, Donata Wenders, Janet Gesme

Martin Schleske, a best-selling German author, is renowned not only for his writing but also for his innovative and skillful work as a violinmaker. His violins, violas, and celli bring the musician and instrument together, creating unimaginable depth in music making. Just as Schleske's instruments open up a world of beauty for the musician, so do his books and articles open up the beauty of creation and God's heart to the reader.

Janet Gesme teaches German and music at Central Oregon Community College and enjoys translating and interpreting German, Russian, and Spanish. She played viola professionally for twenty-nine years and now plays cello with the Central Oregon Symphony.

William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company