The Art of Calm

Spiritual Exercises for the Anxious Soul

Roger Hutchison

Apr/2023, 224 Pages, PAPERBACK, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9781640656321

As anxiety grows as a mental health concern, a practical guide for using art to manage stress.

Honest stories of the author’s descent into fear and anxiety, a diagnosis of mental illness, and how he found his way back to a place of stability and health inform this inspiring guidebook for those struggling with anxiety, fear, and panic. Told with vulnerability and compassion, the author’s story and the practices he provides will inspire and encourage readers who face a diagnosis of anxiety and depression. Reflection questions, journaling prompts, and practices will help readers lead a more grounded and centered life.

Hutchison found photography as a daily practice during his recovery helped him to slow down, see the world through from new perspectives, get out in nature, and live more contemplatively. The exercises and reflections included at the end of each chapter encourage readers to try out a variety of creative practices to find their way to a more centered and peaceful life. Practices range from photography, art, music, and meditation to cooking and hiking and help the reader reset their outlook, and find themselves again amidst inner and outer turmoil. Hutchison's guiding voice will show readers they are not alone. 

ROGER HUTCHISON is the Director of Christian Formation and Parish Life at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston. An artist who paints with children in a variety of contexts, he is the author of several books including Jesus: God Among Us and The Painting Table. Roger serves on the Forma Board of Directors and is a member of the National Association of Grieving Children. He lives with his family outside of Houston, Texas.


  • Mental health
  • panic attack
  • self-help
  • guided journal
  • art therapy
  • wellness
  • psychology

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