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The Art of Being You: How to Live as God's Masterpiece Hardcover – December 13, 2010
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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 world’s 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.
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In each chapter Kilpatrick presents different thoughts and anecdotes (personal and historical) in exploration of that theme. He masterfully demonstrates his assertion that "any idea worth exploring...has to be broken down in to various facets to be fully realized." Each facet (salvation, anti-art, relationships, spiritual disciplines, sharing our faith, personal limitation, sacrifice, pain, how to be great art, and redemption) reads as easily as a blog post without sacrificing the depth and seriousness the topic deserves. While it's clear Kilpatrick is passionate about his subject, I was struck by how un-preachy the book felt. He takes a tone of relaxed candor that can only come from the pen of a seasoned man of faith and art.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in:
1) An exploration of the Biblical metaphor of people as God's "handiwork" (Eph 2:10)
2) Historical anecdotes about Michelangelo and da Vinci (including one about an exciting mural-off!)
3) Tips for improving your own art
4) Tips for improving your relationship with God
There were definitely moments I felt the Spirit coming through & I was reminded of Sozo Healing when he speaks of his father in the end; Sozo meaning Salvation/healing/restoration.
I would highly recommend reading this book; if your a math person, slow down, relax, open your mind/spirit to the REAL things of God, & enjoy.
For example, most followers of Christ take a "math" approach to their spiritual life, breaking it down into a system of "do's and don'ts", with the Bible as their "rulebook". However, as we develop a more in depth understanding of God's grace, and how it operates in our lives, we realize that a mathematical approach can only go so far. To truly grow in our relationship with God through Jesus Christ, we need to understand Him in terms of "art". Through His creation, God has revealed Himself to us as a great artist. And through studying all that Christ has done for us, we realize that we are God's masterpiece, created to do good works in Him!
In this thought-provoking and engaging book, Kilpatrick masterfully explains what it means to live as God's masterpiece. I can't recommend this book enough, especially for artistically minded people.
-Joshua Lickter, Pastor, Church Planter, Incarnation, Auburn, CA. [...]
A challenge to get "religion" out of lives and maximize the freedom and beauty of Jesus Christ.
Being a old folky I enjoy his view of God as an Artist. God loves us, we are his masterpiece. I have listen to Bob's music for years. Music can only tell part of any story, some times you need to sit down and write or read a book.