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Publication Date: 2010
Bob Kilpatrick is the composer of the classic worship songs In My Life, Lord, Be Glorified, Won By One, Ask Of Me (Here Am I) and I Will Not Be Ashamed, and the author of three books. His songs have been used by every major Christian record company on millions of CDs and songbooks. He has sung and spoken in churches, conferences and festivals on every continent. Among the folks he's ministered with are Bill Johnson, Lincoln Brewster, Phil Keaggy, Dr. Jack Hayford, Anne Graham Lotz and Dr. Lloyd John Ogilvie. He is also the pastor of The Tree Christian Fellowship in Santa Rosa, California. He and his wife, Cindy, have five grown children and live in Fair Oaks, California.
Joel Kilpatrick is an award-winning journalist and author whose work has been featured in Time magazine, the Washington Post, USA Today, CBS Radio, the Dallas Morning News and dozens of newspapers and magazines. He has authored and ghostwritten more than 40 books, including a New York Times bestseller. He has reported from disaster zones and civil wars in seventeen countries, and received numerous prizes for writing and reporting.
Kilpatrick has worked with many leading ministries including Rick Warren, Michael Hyatt, TBN, Joni & Friends, Nancy Alcorn, Convoy of Hope, the Dream Center and more.
Kilpatrick founded LarkNews.com, the worlds leading religion satire website which won the Dove award for humor (officially the Grady Nutt Humor Award) from the Gospel Music Association in 2005. He has won numerous awards for humor and reporting from the Evangelical Press Association. He was profiled in Time magazine, Christianity Today and on NPR, and has been featured twice in USA Today. LarkNews enjoys millions of visitors. Kilpatrick earned an MS degree in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York in 1995. He lives in southern California with his wife and five children.
Robin PraterMissouriAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Artist or Mathematician? I say Creator!March 21, 2011Robin PraterMissouriAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3I recently received, "The Art of Being You", by Bob and Joel Kilpatrick, father and son. Artists, creative by nature, have written a book together about being the you, God, has created you to be. Throughout this book they examine the differences in an artistic based faith and a math based faith. I want to begin with the description of this book by Zondervan.
People are the artistic masterpieces of Godâ€”beautifully drawn, brilliantly scored, poetically rendered. The Art of Being You by Bob and Joel Kilpatrick will help you view God as artistic master rather than master mechanic, and see yourself as his finest work rather than as broken and in need of fixing. Your life will be transformed, and your relationship with God will change forever.
I heard a well-known Christian musician say at a concert that God was in the business of fixing broken people. I went home and thought about that for a while, and I came to a different conclusion... That different conclusion, reached by singer/songwriter Bob Kilpatrick, has some interesting and exciting applications for re-thinking what it means to be a Christian. Rather than casting God in the usual role as architect and great mechanic of the universe, Kilpatrick instead paints a portrait of God as an artistâ€”passionate, visionaryâ€”who considers humankind his masterpiece. God doesn't see Christians as broken beings chugging along in a fixed-up life. He sees us as new creations, whole, complete, and a stunning part of his creative process. It's a powerful perception of God, one that determines how much we understand and enjoy God, which, in turn, affects the entire course of our lives. We'll stop perceiving God based on what we lack, what we need repaired, and how weak we are, and come to know God as a creator who sees each one of us as a work of beauty and value. If we believe our relationship with God is one of artist/masterpiece/creative process, then we have every reason to rejoice in every stage of that process. The Art of Being You offers every reason to believe that God is preparing us for an amazing heavenly display.
Of course as artists, the Kilpatricks will see God as an artist. He is. He is the Creator of all. As I writer I see God as an artist also, but I too see Him as a mathematician. Although this book is pointing us to a God who is creative and showing us we are His masterpiece, it too is filled with metaphors. It speaks of setting limitations for ourselves. I don't need limitations when I have a God who says "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13 This book plays on words in math as the attitude we should not have, but for me, math is truth. Math is infinity and beyond. Math is certain and sure. Just and right as God is. Can you see I struggled with this book?
As I looked at reviews there are many who thought this was the best book they have ever read. Most gave it five stars. The lowest I saw was a three. That would be what I give this book. Yes, there are some wonderful points in this book that point us to see God differently. To challenge our senses. This father/son team used scripture throughout this book to show God is creative and we are His work. We are after all a work in progress.
Here are a few examples of how they compared a math based faith and an art based faith:
Math equates verses God creates
Facts are math verses Faith is art
Law is math verses Grace is art
Evangelism is math verses Friendship is art
You may pick up this book and love it! Praise God if you do. May God gain all glory when we ponder over thoughts and grow closer to Him by searching His Word. For me, it fell a little short of all I wanted it to be.
This book was a gift from Zondervan for it's review.
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