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5.0/5
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Follow the Light, the Shroud's Revelations
by T. C. Newman
Non-Fiction - Religion/Philosophy
116 Pages
Reviewed on 04/20/2013

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Author Biography
A natural born artist, T. C. Newman spent 33 years unlocking the 3-D information within the image of the Shroud of Turin.


Book Review
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"Follow the Light, the Shroud's Revelations" is the story of T.C. Newman and her daughter, Jessica, as they worked together to determine how the image on the Shroud of Turin was actually formed. The project began as the result of their watching a special on television of the first photographs taken of the Shroud in 1898, and the startling image revealed in the negatives of those photographs. Jessica, then aged eight, wondered if the Shroud itself were a photograph. She and her mother discussed how a photograph was made, and they set out to see if that were the case. They started their studies using Jessica's Ken doll to see if they could duplicate the shadows cast on the face on the Shroud. This project, which continued on and off for over 30 years, resulted in sculptures made by reflecting light on the clay figure and carving out or adding in clay to reflect the negative image of the Shroud.

Newman's account of her and Jessica's attempt to solve the mystery of the Shroud is a fascinating tale. The development of the theory from the first impressions through to the actual painted image at the end of the text is clearly described with graphic images added to help the reader follow each process. I enjoyed the interplay of mother and daughter as they discovered the way the light source could be duplicated and the description of the sculpting process. This book is well-written and documents an illuminating project from its inception through to some startling conclusions. "Follow the Light, the Shroud's Revelations" is well worth reading and quite thought-provoking.

 

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Into the Past"PDW",Amazon
October 15,2014
Enjoyed reading this. No scientific information but the simplicity of following the physics of light and acutely observing.
This must have received Divine inspiration'

 

Muzic Maniakon, Amazon
September 10, 2014
I'll refrain from giving an opinion about whether I believe this is the burial cloth of Jesus. I think that this book is worth a read from anyone who has ever had an interest in the Shroud of Turin. The author took on a labor of love and found the face of love looking back at her.
Her project deserves as much respect and validation as any scientist, researcher or Bible scholar that ever posited a theory about the Shroud. I found her story riveting and she wasted no time in getting to the point of this book. I gave it 5 stars for ease, preciseness, and brevity. I also applaud her diligence / passion for a project that she could have easily abandoned, but instead persevered in order to share her findings with the rest of us.

 

Annette Cloutier,Amazon
March 27,2013
Annette Cloutier, author of, Pray To God: A Tasteful Trip Through Faith.
I was shocked, awed and catapulted to a greater understanding of the image formation of the Shroud of Turin when reading T.C. Newman's brilliant and recently published book: Follow the Light.
Her 30 years of artistic study concerning the Shroud's image formation revealed more scientific truth than all the many scientific analyses.
Thank you T.C.! Great work! Great book!

 

Don Son, Amazon
July 28,2013
Delightful that an artist, inspired by her daughter's insights and questions, should illuminate so many mysteries of the Shroud - mysteries, apparent to this artist's eye, which may not have even been noticed by scientists.

 

Brian K. Brayon, Amazon
June 18,2014
GREATEST EVIDENCE!
The author reconstructs a clay body to duplicate the image on the shroud by using light and shadows. In the process she uncovers details of the man and his death.

 

Shopper, Amazon
July 8, 2014
A fascinating account of the writer's path to solve a mystery. This take on the image is so very different than other things I have read.

 

William M. Selenke, Amazo
October, 25,2014
This review is for: Follow the Light: The Shroud's Revelations (Paperback)
Follow the Light, the Shroud’s Revelations: I purchased a signed copy of this book at the October 2014 Shroud of Turin Conference in St. Louis, MO. It proved to be an interesting purchase. Ms. Newman, an artist, became interested in the Holy Shroud and proceeded to create a 3-D representation of the Man of the Shroud, considered to be the image of Jesus, by assuming that a light above the head of the body would illuminate, with shadows, the figure of the Shroud.
Ms. Newman’s research is an outlier on Shroud research. However, she present an interesting hypothesis which seems to be superior to many presented at the St. Louis conference.
Follow the Light: The Shroud’s Revelations is more of an adventure story and a story of artistic endeavor then a work on the Shroud. It should appeal to young Christian readers and artists. It is one of many attempts to explain the image on the Shroud. Her explanation is as good as any and better than most.
Her book assumes that the reader is familiar with the Holy Shroud. There are dozens of books and other media resources about the Shroud available for those who wish information on the Holy Shroud. For a good general introduction to the Shroud, I recommend Verdict on the Shroud, Evidence for the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ by Kenneth E. Stevenson and Gary R. Habermas. This somewhat dated book melds scientific evidence and apologetics. I also recommend “Shroud.com” an exhaustive source.

 

Marshall H. Mckenna, Amaz
February 20, 2015
FIVE STAR!
A guide map for present and future science to follow.

 

Rita Raeon, Amazon
March, 16, 2015
Amazing! This was absolutely wonderful!
An in depth study, self-motivated, and discovered through exploration. Scientifically sound based on a solid understanding of light and energy.

 

Tony / Goodreads
Sept. 10, 2014
This woman took a simple request from her 8 year old daughter into a 30 year journey
that has lead to, in my opinion, one of the most monumental discoveries about the
Shroud of Turin in decades.
This book is an easy read and chronicles an artist's simple perspective and
understanding of light and shade into decoding something that has mystified scientists
and theologians alike.
This author, at no time, offers an opinion of personal faith or belief as to whether this is
the burial cloth of Jesus. She simply followed a line of reasoning consistent with her
expertise as an artist, and let the evidence of her findings speak on their own merit. It's
up to the reader to draw their own conclusions. I enjoyed this book very much and can
appreciate the author's commitment and perseverance in her 30+ years of labor over
this project. She's earned 5 stars and my recommendation for you to read this book.

 

Jane Allen Petrick
“What information can possibly be new, regarding the Shroud of Turin, that is not already out there?” So opens T.C. Newman’s provocatively engaging exploration, and so, too, might be your question upon first picking up "Follow the Light". So much has been written about the Shroud of Turin, good, bad, and indifferent, that you might wonder who could possibly come up with anything different? Well, T.C. Newman has done just that. T.C. Newman is an artist, and over a period of thirty-two years she explored and documented not the history or even the theological efficacy of the shroud, but the mechanics of how the image occurred. Past studies explored what the shroud is not. "Follow the Light" narrates Newman’s inquiry into what the image is, why the image is there, and why it appears in the way that it does. Triggered by a television special on the Shroud of Turin in the 1980’s, Newman commandeers her children as research assistants as she uses everything from clay figures to copy machines to get at the root of the mystery.

And what did she find out? Well, I’m not going to give the answer away, but I will let you know it has something to do with cameras. (If you are a camera buff, you will love this book.)

In the conclusion of her book, T.C. Newman flatly asserts, “Anyone who still doubts this work, but knows how to work with clay, and has artistic talent, can duplicate the sculptures by using the follow-the-light method and create the same three-dimensional figure of the man of the Shroud.” Once you have finished reading "Follow the Light", you may want to go off and do just that.
       
 
 
 
 
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