Scribbling in the Sand: Christ and Creativity

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InterVarsity Press, Nov 18, 2010 - Religion
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Paper Edition was voted 2002 Publisher's Weekly Best Adult Religion Book of the Year! "It was art and it was theater at the same time, but it was more. It was what he did not say that spoke most powerfully to the mob that morning. It was a cup of cold water for a thirsty adulteress and an ice cold drenching in the face to a group of angry Pharisees. "To this day we have not the slightest idea what it was Jesus twice scribbled in the sand. By and large the commentaries have asked the wrong question through the ages. They labor over the content, over what he might have written. They ask what, without ever realizing the real question is why? It was not the content that mattered but why he did it. Unexpected. Irritating. Creative." (From the Introduction) Singer, songwriter and diligent student of Scripture, Michael Card is well known for the depth of his lyrics and the artistry of his music. But far more significant than the songs he has penned is the source of his inspiration--the creativity embodied in Jesus Christ, the incarnate Word of God. 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.
 

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User Review  - JanetSketchley - LibraryThing

Michael Card describes art as creating a pause, opening a space where people can hear and God can speak. He says, "We have forgotten that the call to creativity is a call to worship." (p. 29) I ... Read full review

User Review  - Susan - Christianbook.com

For 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 ... Read full review

Contents

FOREWORD
13
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
14
SCRIBBLING IN THE SAND
15
THE HUNGER FOR BEAUTY
25
THE CALL TO CREATE
35
SINGING A NEW SONG
47
RECAPTURING THE IMAGINATION
53
A NEW SONG TO CHRIST
63
A LIFESTYLE OF LISTENING
89
THE CALL IS TO COMMUNITY
105
LETTERS TO CHRISTIAN ARTISTS
119
THE GREATEST EXPRESSION OF CREATIVITY THE GIVING OF THE SELF
GROWING IN CREATIVITY SOME PRACTICAL ADVICE
BIBLIOGRAPHY
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Copyright

THE CHARACTER OF CREATIVITY
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In a career that spans 30 years, Michael Card has recorded over 31 albums, authored or co-authored over 24 books, hosted a radio program, and written for a wide range of magazines. An award-winning musician and performing artist, he has penned such favorites as "El Shaddai," "Immanuel" and many other songs. He has branched his ministry beyond music and written numerous books, including A Sacred Sorrow, A Violent Grace, The Parable of Joy and Sleep Sound in Jesus (a children's book). He has also written the Biblical Imagination Series, with a book and accompanying music CD for each of the four gospels. A graduate of Western Kentucky University with a bachelor's and master's degree in biblical studies, Card also serves as mentor to many younger artists and musicians, teaching courses on the creative process and calling the Christian recording industry into deeper discipleship. Card lives in Tennessee with his wife and four children.

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