Frederick Franck is a ninety-four year old painter, sculptor, writer, and transreligious visionary. His artwork is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Tokyo National Museum, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and other public and private collections. He is the author of over 30 books including Pacem in Terris: A Love Story, which received a Spirituality & Health Award as one of the best spiritual books of 2001.
This anthology includes excerpts from 17 of Franck's books. It gives an overview of his lifelong quest for meaning; his ardent belief in the discipline of seeing; his abundant delights in faces, nature, cities, nudes, and animals; his search for meaning that has taken him around the world on a wide-ranging and adventuresome spiritual journey; his reverence for life and his righteous indignation against all those who have committed "capital crimes against humanity"; his wonderful efforts at building bridges between art and spirituality; and his enthusiasm for the aphorisms and flashes of insight provided by Zen Masters, Christian mystics, and other extraordinary teachers. In his introduction, David Applebaum salutes Franck's work as "a perpetual prayer for peace. He implores us not only visually, but also through thought. Above all, he asks that we recall the meaning of life, which in the words of Hui Neng, Sixth Zen Patriarch, is to see."