The book spans across several decades, never putting strong emphasis on a specific one. The only focal points are or involve historical people and the organizations that have dealt with certain categories of art and the befits towards the church. The art forms are of specific groups that each represent their own unique styles and tastes. The main art forms that are covered include: theatre, music, dance, and even visual arts.
The book’s organization, although well formatted, seems rather intricate. The art styles appear to begin with the usual form used in church, but not the oldest form. Rather, the chapters that cover each individual style appear inconstant within a chronological sense. Some of the material at beginning of the book seemed distinct at first, but apparently was reused again in later chapters, almost as if for the first time again. The main intention is not about the church history or the art differentiation, but the organizations and individuals who used art to communicate Christianity to the world. Many to nearly all the organizations seem to be enacted around the revival of the 20th century. Continually, the entire paperback offers a seemingly endless supply of characters with a brief history of their life, career and contribution towards the church in artist education. It seemed to rather drag on when covering the preponderance of these organizations, and there appeared to be limited distinction between many of these group’s contributions and exertion. However, after their brief origin their main contribution towards the church, therefore art expression towards the world, is mentioned. As noted by Steve Turner in the early days of the church, “Christians were so distinguished by their lack of overtly religious art that the pagans derided them. How could this be a real religion capable of stirring worship and devotion if it didn’t have any physical representations to bow down before?” (Turner) This question raises a great point, as followers of Christ we are to go forth with the gospel and deliver it to all the world in all forms. So, Turner’s question is clearly satisfied by Smith’s numerous examples of individuals who brought scripture into every art form capable of massive stirring worship and devotion.