The book is a collection of essays from his blog, also titled Refractions.
The layout is visually appealing, with paintings shown along with the text, but the heart of the book is the essays. They have a depth to them, and read like one who it going on a journey while sharing what he’s seeing and learning. There are some multicultural themes, as he draws from his Japanese heritage and life in New York City. And of course, he sees the world as one who is both a creative artist and a follower of Christ.
From the introduction:
In my studio, I use ground minerals such as malachite and azurite, layering them to create prismatic refractions, or “visual jazz.” Via my art I hope to create a mediated reality of beauty, hope, and reconciled relationships and cultures. As a founding elder of the Village Church, I have found that mediation of any kind is never black-and-white but prismatic and complex too. In order to find hope, even in the midst of the broken and torn fragments of relationships, in order to begin to journey into the heart of the divide, we must first wrest with the deeper issues of faith. We must be willing to be broken ourselves into prismatic shards by the Master Artist, so that Christ’s light can be refracted in us.