Cecilia Gonzalez-Andrieu is Assistant Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University where she specializes in theological aesthetics, U.S. Latino theology, and systematic theology. In this ambitious work, the author sets out to find "new ways to name what is happening theologically in our encounters with the beautiful."

Gonzalez-Andrieu is convinced that the arts are a creative passage way to the experience of wonder and the great mysteries of life and death. In her discussion of a play, several art exhibitions, the art of John August Swanson, and other creative individuals; the author opens the door to a view of art "as an embodiment of the spirit of a community." Gonzalez-Andrieu closes with an essay on her love of the Golden Gate Bridge as a work of art, aesthetic daring, a wonder-inducing design, and a lasting beauty.