The Heart of the ArtistThe Heart of the Artist
Rory Noland
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Christian musicians are often valued more for what they do than for who they are---until questions of character arise. Examining topics like servanthood vs. stardom, teamwork vs. solitary confinement, and excellence vs. perfectionism, Noland provides a discipleship model to help your ministry team overcome challenges and joyfully serve in the body of Christ. 208 pages, softcover from Zondervan.

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Review by Enrichment: A Journal for Pentecostal Ministry Summer 2003, page 132


Rory Noland, long-time music director at Willow Creek Community Church, writes a uniquely challenging volume about the inner life of the church artist. Norland pulls the reader into a high level of transparency and honesty by sharing his own personal struggle.

The author expertly addresses those involved in the fine arts of the church — musicians and visual artists. His topics include character, servanthood versus stardom, excellence versus perfectionism, criticism, jealousy and envy, emotions, how to be a leader of artists, and the spiritual discipline of the artist.

Noland begins each chapter by reciting a scenario that could happen to the spiritual and carnal motives of each person involved. Finally, he presents a section where the reader performs some healthy self-evaluation.

This book is a must read for those involved in fine arts ministry. Vocal soloists, worship teams, and instrumentalists would all benefit from reading The Heart of the Artist.

(Reviewed by Kenton Lee, minister of music, Life Center, Tacoma, Washington)