An unusual experience is what readers of this book have in store for them. Here one of the outstanding abstract expressionist artists of our times tells in excellent prose the story of his progression from painting in a cold water flat in the Bowery through various stages of inner struggle and their results in the art he was to produce. The autobiographical recounting of how Congdon literally painted himself into the Church is brief. More than twenty tip-in, full color reproductions of Congdon's more striking religious paintings -- of the Crucifixion particularly --and an equal number of black and white drawings constitute the bulk of forceful testimonial to the depth and message of an artist who sees in art one of the purest means of discovering the truth and mystery of God in us. Jacques Maritain, Father M.C. D'Arcy, S.J., and Thomas Merton contribute presentations. This ""Itinerary to Christ"" of William Congdon, graphically and beautifully produced, shouts its testimony to the breakthrough of spiritual light that Expressionist Congdon has contributed to Christian art.