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For any Christian in the arts or even remotely interested in the arts, this is a must-read book. The author balances excellent biblical principles with practical applications from his own experience and the experience of others. The church desperately needs to recapture the creativity of true art as a reflection of God's creativity, and this book will help it do that. --Dr. Timothy Warner Former Professor, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Former President, Ft. Wayne Bible College

I found this book not only enjoyable but a very real experience in worship. McElroy deftly balances a Biblical perspective of the Holy Spirit s role as the third person of the Trinity and the implications for the Christian creative. I will definitely be recommending it to my community of artists. --Matt Guilford Campus Crusade Arts Initiative

This book is a powerful message to everyone involved in the creative arts, of how God wants to use US to radically impact our generation. It has truly challenged me as a television professional to develop a more listening lifestyle to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. --Eric Poland Emmy Award-Winning Producer

About the Author

Scott is a writer, artist and award-winning radio producer who is passionate about redeeming the arts through collaborating with the Holy Spirit. As a voiceover artist, he hosted the Animal Planet daily TV series, Wildlife Journal from 2004-2007. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife Danielle, daughter Hailee, and son, Kaia .

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Destiny Image (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0768427029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0768427028
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #450,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott is the author of Finding Divine Inspiration: Working with the Holy Spirit in Your Creativity (http://JScottMcElroy.com), and Creative Church Handbook: Releasing the Power of the Arts in Your Congregation. He directs the The New Renaissance Arts Movement (http://TheNewR.org) and arts at Indy Vineyard Community Church in Indianapolis. He speaks and leads workshops and seminars on the arts and creativity around the country. His blogs and articles are published on websites around the world.

He has worked in creative professions for 30 years, as an award-winning radio producer, a writer, visual artist, and a national voiceover artist. He spent 20 years as an air-personality and Production Director for Emmis Communications Indianapolis radio stations, has written hundreds of reviews and articles as a Film Reviewer and freelance writer, painted live in front of audiences and produced paintings for special services. He hosted the Animal Planet TV series "Wildlife Journal" (2004-2007), and the 8 disc Promises for Life scripture CD series.

Scott is married to Danielle and they live in Indianapolis with their daughter, Hailee, son, Kaia and family dog, Eleanor.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. L Renior on December 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
Steven Spielberg once remarked in an interview on Bravo's "Inside the Actors Studio" on the importance of listening, whether it be to other actors, or people "above" or "below" you. Spielberg quoted the scripture to host James Lipton, "..Hear O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord..."

J. Scott McElroy urges the reader to consider that such "listening" is a fruitful and worthy pursuit.

You may or may not even be looking for divine inspiration, or may not even care whether it exists or not. But if you are working towards something, toward a goal of some sort, whether you believe it to be creative or not, this book is for you.
McElroy lays out a framework (staying clear of boring, one size fits all step by step methodology!)to "clear the canvas" prior to your pursuit.

The book explores ideas, that often times the church has been guilty of ignoring, and that the agnostic or non-thestic world wrongly belives it has the corner on. Reconciliation of this duality is an area that McElroy treads comfortably.

These observations challenge artists of any media, to go past their visible spheres, thus causing the reader to consider their work may have purpose, meaning and effect, far beyond what you may have considered at the time.
McElroy's premise is simple yet extraordinary, develop a pattern of inviting Divine involvement, then act. The results , unpredictable though they may be, will invariably cause deep growth in your life.

Whether you believe in the possibility of external inspiration or not, you will be brought along on a journey that challenges you to look beyond yourself, beyond your own vision,... what beautifully crafted, unforseen wonder awaits you!

I look forward to more works by this author.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Cope on December 28, 2011
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The subtitle for this book is "Working with the Holy Spirit in Your Creativity". It delivers. This is also not just for artists, although a bunch of artists are the ones who recommended it to me. This book is not just for musicians or writers either. This book is for everyone. It is my personal belief that everyone has something that they either do or can do in a creative manner. Even if it's problem solving in a corporate office--you need creative solutions to do that!

The other reason why I think this book is for everyone is because it's another one of those Christian books that has a topic all right but it's really all about how to live the Christian life. This will be one of my rare 5 star book reviews.

J. Scott McElroy is open and authentic speaking from his own personal experiences. (Aren't those always the best?) He gives us background into some of the famous Christian artists and musicians from history and how they related to God in their work. He has more recent information on modern creative people via interviews which clearly tells how they pray, are dependent upon God and wait upon God for the visions or divine ideas they need for their craft.

This book also goes pretty deeply into the subject of hearing God. It tells why it's important and then goes into how to do it with lots of specific examples. I especially like the mention of journaling as I already do that.

If you need more creativity or use creativity in your daily life (and if you don't you should be because it's one way we reflect the image of God) then this book is for you (that's everyone). If you would like to learn how to hear God's voice better, then this book is for you, too! Did I mention that everyone should get this book?

NOT free from a blogging for books program. From my own personal library. It was too good to not mention!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jpip on March 31, 2012
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Within the first few pages I was very much encouraged and excited to produce and construct art with the Holy Spirit himself. This book is for any type of artist, it directly aims at each personal reader. It's easy to read, and the author draws back from the past to give you new hope. I'm also happy that McElroy also adds scripture to tie into all that he's trying to portray. I left behind my talent due to wordly mindsets and this book is awakening my spirit again.. I usually don't even do reviews but I had to rant! And I'm thankful to God that this man of God was lead to create and write this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Nilo on December 5, 2009
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In this book, J. Scott McElroy has orchestrated a symphony of artists who listen to God. It's an honor to read the struggles, fears, epiphanies, and scriptures quoted by other Christ-followers who share this artistic journey. Together their voices celebrate how the Inventor of Beauty and Creator of Meaning actually wants to collaborate with his children in artistic endeavors. McElroy takes the reader deep into the reasons and implications of this delightful truth, and he recommends some outstanding ways to pursue spiritual collaboration with God in the artist's personal development.

God's interest and involvement in the arts is not a subject often heard from the pulpit, a fact which is more outrageous when you realize the ground Christians need to recover after collectively turning our backs on the art scene for so long and relinquishing our creative influence and responsibility. But there is a New Renaissance rising, and McElroy's message is stirring in the hearts of artists everywhere. I highly recommend this book for anyone who longs to experience God's amazing direction and inspiration within the mystery of the creative process.
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