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In this book, Card explores the biblical foundations of true Christian creativity. Whether we think of ourselves as creative or not, all of us are created in the image of our Creator God, and thus creativity is a vital expression of our discipleship. With Jesus as his model, Card shows how understanding God's creative imagination leads to a lifestyle of humility, obedience and servanthood. And he invites us to follow God's creative call through worship and community.
Through Jesus, God has spoken to us in a word we can understand. Likewise, Michael Card has articulated the story of Jesus to others through his own scribblings in the sand. This book shows us how we can do the same.
Number of Pages: 168
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2004
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
The Substance of Things Seen: Art, Faith, and the Christian CommunityRobin M. JensenWm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2004 / Trade Paperback$18.00 Retail:
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The Creative Call: An Artist's Response to the Way of the SpiritJanice ElsheimerRandom House / 2001 / Trade Paperback$12.49 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
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"This book reached my heart as few others. Every artist (which means every Christian) needs to meditate on Michael Card's message, not just read, but ponder, reflect, pray. The result will be a thrilling release of the Spirit from depths you hadn't before realized were there. At least, that's what happened in me."
" Scribbling in the Sand doesn't offer three easy steps or five quick methods to becoming a successful Christian artist. Rather, it takes readers on a journey into the heart of creativity and challenges them to become more like their Creator."
"Art matters. Card takes it one step further, clarifying that art mattersand even draws us nearerto God."
"By portraying and celebrating the creativity of Jesus, singer, songwriter and author Michael Card succeeds at inspiring others to use their artistic talents to serve and worship Christ."
"Stunning . . . Like Card's other books, this is profoundly biblical, teasing out fresh interpretations of Scripture through deep interaction with the text."
"Every song I've heard Michael sing makes me think about Jesus. Every moment I've spent with Michael makes me think about Jesus. Who better, then, to make us all think more highly of Christ than Michael Card. May God use this book to do exactly that in your life."
"Countless books circulate on what it means to be 'creative,' on what 'art' is; relatively few are written from a distinctively Christian perspective. There cannot be many more qualified than Michael Card to fill this glaring gap. Here we learn, powerfully, that creativity, rightly conceived, is a response to God: it is worship. To his own evocative reflections Michael Card appends the musing of several other Christian artists and critics. This is a book to be cherished and savored."
"When Michael Card speaks on Christian creativity, the world listens. I think they listen first because he is a Christian whose faith is his reason to be. I think they listen next because he is creative. In every sentence he writes, His appetite for beauty devours his soul and leaves the rest of us hungry to acquire his taste. I think I personally admire him because he lives in that Promethean torture chamber where mediocrity is offensive and excellence exceeds the grasp. Yet it is his reaching toward aesthetic wonders that refreshes us with a widening vision of Christ. Then having caught the greater view of things, he generously passes the vision forward to us all."
Susan5 Stars Out Of 5February 7, 2008SusanFor those of you believers who are creatively oriented this is a must read. I am a writer and Michael Card's provocative statement, "We have forgotten that the call to creativity is a call to worship," sums up what we must do each day, honor the creative gift he has given us. It may be music, writing, dance, drama, etc., whatever it is we are praising the Lord in what we do. He also says "desire is by design." Our desire to create is by His design.
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