I’ve done some illustrations for a book, ‘The Invisible Church – learning from the experiences of Churchless Christians’, by Steve Aisthorpe.
It seems like a long time ago now that I did the drawing, but I composed a number of new cartoons for this book, which is published by St Andrew Press. There’s a cartoon for each chapter, some are new, some are old, and some may be familiar but are tweaked a bit.
I don’t do many book illustration projects, but I wanted to do this one as the topic sounded interesting, I liked what I read, and it felt like a good fit with my work. I don’t always find book illustrating easy, but Steve was a good (and patient) person to work with, and I’m very pleased with the results. Oh, and also the cover illustration – see below.
As for the content of the book itself, here is the official publisher’s blurb, which I won’t attempt to precis:
For anyone who is concerned about Church decline, the contents of this book offer an essential blueprint for building God’s whole community in the coming years. This unique set of resources offers practical help and insight for all who want to grow, enrich and develop their congregational life.
The Church of Scotland has drawn on the findings of extensive new research that it has commissioned in order to put together this set of carefully crafted and informed resources aimed at helping every congregation to understand why people leave the Church, how to avoid unnecessary departures and, above all, to develop an enriching, vital Christian fellowship with the large numbers of Churchless Christians in every community across the country.
This ground-breaking book, illustrated by Dave Walker, offers information, hope, insight, prayerful reflection and practical ideas for bringing together in fellowship all Christians, whether they are members of an institutional Church or not.
If thinking about the future of the church is of interest to you then this book may well be just the thing. It is available in the following places, most of which also have further reviews to help you make up your mind: