What It is and Why It Matters


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What we moderns have forgotten, the ancients knew well: true beauty heals the soul, draws us to God, and yields lasting happiness.

Rich with the wisdom of Plato, Augustine, Aquinas, and St. John Paul II, these pages unpack perennial truths about beauty and rivet them into your soul, opening the eyes of your understanding to the beauty all around us.

Offering an abundance of accessible examples, author John Mark Miravalle demonstrates that beauty is neither in the eye of the beholder, nor for the cultivated, the dreamer, or the “hopeless romantic” alone. On the contrary, the ability to understand, recognize, and delight in beauty readies all souls for heaven — and makes it easier for us to get there.

From these pages, you'll learn:

  • Why beauty is not just a matter of opinion.
  • The virtues we need to perceive beauty and to enjoy it.
  • How to determine whether an artwork is truly beautiful.
  • The respective roles of reason and emotion in appreciating beauty.
  • How the beauty of nature testifies to God's existence . . . while rejection of God obscures nature's beauty.

With the help of these pages, you'll receive fresh eyes to marvel again (or for the first time) at the beauty of nature, music, art, architecture, and, most importantly, the beauty of God, the fountainhead and exemplar of all things on earth that are beautiful.

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"Dr. Miravalle has eloquently and succinctly reintroduced beauty onto the philosophical and theological pillar it once had in ages past."

Fr. John Trigilio, Jr, PhD
Co-Host, Web of Faith (EWTN)
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  • Format(s): Paperback, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-622827-121
  • Product Code: 7121
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Publication Date: April 14, 2019
  • Categories: Apologetics, By Title, eBooks, Spiritual Growth
Excellent book.
Text is very accessible to any first year college student, or advanced high schooler. All points are well argued and supported. While written from a Christian (Catholic) perspective it is also very humanistic in outlook. Highly recommend.
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This excellent, short book on beauty contains profound truths about beauty, art, and human nature. The basic theme is that a core moral obligation is to recognize the goodness of things and to take delight in that goodness. Ours is not a tragic, brutal universe, but a good and beautiful universe filled with good, true and beautiful things that will delight us. Life is a great gift, and the proper response is to enjoy life and delight in all the truth, beauty and goodness around us. Like its subject matter, “Beauty: What It Is and Why It Matters” is a beautiful work of art that will inspire and ennoble you.
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