Thomas Terry, Ryan ListerMoody Publishers / 2018 / HardcoverOur Price$8.994.5 out of 5 stars for Images and Idols: Seeing Our Creativity Through Our Creator's Eyes. View reviews of this product. 4 Reviews
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Bible Believing ChristianYouTube ChannelAge: 45-54Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Good book for a creative personFebruary 28, 2019Bible Believing ChristianYouTube ChannelAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4To begin I would like to mention the aesthetics of this book which is wonderfully done and very attractive, the cover looks like it has been meticulously carved with the deep embossing and the black on gray which looks absolutely amazing, it is a very nice looking book, even the interior of this book is good looking. If you were to see it sitting on a counter somewhere you would definitely pick it up just based on the cover design itself. They did a fantastic job on the design of this book. Also the publisher name of Humble Beast is a pretty cool name and it is easy to remember.
This book was designed to help you to learn the beauty of the relationship between creativity and theology. It will help creatives to build a strong foundation for their art. As said by the authors themselves. A non creative person may not enjoy this book as much as someone who is creative. Myself I am very creative and enjoyed this book and my good friend who is not creative at all could not get even close to half way through this book before giving it back to me. So needless to say some may love this book and others may not understand it at all. Personally I enjoyed it and will be reading it for a second time but with a pen and highlighter in hand so I can take notes and highlight areas I want to stand out.
I really like that this book contains a lot of scripture references in it. It has helped me to want to use my creative talents in a new way so that it is for the glory of God. The talents I have been given are a gift from God and I want to glorify Him in all that I do. I have used what I have learned in this book to help other Christians with things that they need creativity for but they do not possess the ability to bring it to fruition. I know that by helping others I can build my creative talents and hopefully use the gifts I have for the greater good.
I enjoyed this book, enough so that I will be reading it again, yet at the same time I know that this book is not for everyone. As an experiment I took this to work and had it visible on my desk and everyone who saw it picked it up and that it looked fascinating and I offered to loan it to them to read and almost every one of them brought it back to me and said it did not make sense to them. If possible go to a book store and read a few pages in the store and see if it is for you or not. If you're a creative person you will probably really enjoy this book.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I apologize if this review doesn't make much sense but it is a hard one to explain unless you read it for yourself which if your are creative I would suggest that you read it.
Christiofer5 Stars Out Of 5Must read for any creativeNovember 11, 2018ChristioferQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5this book is amazing. a must read for any person seeking an in depth perspective on what creatitvy is and how without it pointing back to the creator it wont be ever lasting. For sure an eye opener.
Lia Ross3 Stars Out Of 5A Great Start to Viewing Creativity RightlyNovember 4, 2018Lia RossQuality: 5Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3I was excited to read this book about creativity and the Christian life seeing that I am a believer who has a creative profession and have been cultivating my creativity for some time now. This book was very interesting but was not my favorite. The back cover reads "God is reclaiming creativity for His glory and our good" I was very confused on how a God who created everything in the earths below and heaven above and essentially owns everything could be "reclaiming" anything.
Another thing I disliked was how the creative analogies and metaphors also got kind of cheesy and redundant throughout the book.
However, I did really enjoy the last chapter and how we should be creating based on the future ahead in the new heavens and new Earth. All we do is for God's glory and our good. Essentially we should be viewing creatively rightly.
Note: I received an advanced copy from the publisher in exchange for a review, all opinions are my own.
TimK5 Stars Out Of 5Few books have inspired me like this one has.October 11, 2018TimKQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Few books have given me context from the beginning of time, helped me see my purpose now, given me deep hope for the future beyond this life and inspired me to actively work toward Jesus' glory through every aspect of my life, like this books has helped me to see.
We look at our lives and think we don't have anything of value to contribute to this world but God has creatively breathed you into existence as His very own work of art. God is using you to point this chaotic world towards Glory with everything you have, including your creativity!
As you pick up this book the first thing you see is the detailed cover with the beautiful lithographed ridges and furrows. The texture of the book in your hand inspires you to open its pages to see if the rest of the book lives up to the cover. Maybe you are skeptical like me about a book about creativity and Christianity. As I started to read this book my skepticism turned into inspiration.
There is so much to quote in the first chapter alone but don't get me wrong this isn't just a book full of good quotes and tweetable phrases. Its a well-crafted book that gives you a theological foundation while simultaneously interweaving a fictional story that anchors your emotions around the truth that was shared. It's a scriptural and inspirational journey that captures your mind, your heart and excites your spirit to be in wonder and awe of The One Uncreated Creator of the cosmos.
Thomas J. Terry & Ryan Lister have done a wonderful job in writing this book in an engaging, creative way that brings God glory and has been good for my soul. Thank you guys for the hard work you have put into studying, writing and fashioning something that has inspired me greatly.
As I finished this book and set it down I felt encouraged and spurred on in my love and worship for Jesus and the creative good that God has given me to do in this world.
This quote from the book sums it all up for me.
"We can rejoice in this: God is the artist who is making us worthy to stand in the gallery of His new creation, to point to Him as our Creator and Redeemer with our life, worship, and, yes, still our creativity."
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