As more people seemed interested in the study, Davis began talking to Moody Publishers, who decided to release the message in her new book graffiti.
She admits in the book’s introduction that people often find the title perplexing.
“Over the years, I have come to admire graffiti as a beautiful art form,” she explains. “I am intrigued by the shapes and colors painted on train cars and bridges....
“The world finds it hard to look past the vandalism — and I am certainly not advocating defaming public property — but while most people don’t recognize the appeal of art made with a can of spray paint instead of a brush, I have come to realize that true beauty is often found in the places where the world does not recognize worth.”
The book features journal space at the end of each of its 13 chapters, along with questions to encourage thought.
Davis said this book isn’t designed to be something you just read, but a journey with God to learn “who we are” and where our worth lies.
She hopes reading will turn into a conversation between the reader and God.
“I am so passionate about this [conversation] happening at a generational level,” she said. “I hope moms get it, as their daughters are watching.”
It isn’t enough for mothers to tell their daughters that they are beautiful.
“My mom told me I was beautiful frequently,” Davis said. “But my Mom struggled with her own beauty. You have to get it yourself before you can share it.”
Davis shares her own journey in graffiti. “It is my heart in a little book,“ she said.
A pastor of a rural mid-Missouri church speaks of the spirit of family and cooperation that is a part of the local faith experience. This video is part of a series on rural churches by Columbia Faith & Values, produced in 2013.
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