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The Crowd, the Critic, and the Muse Paperback – November 22, 2012
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Many reviewers have said things along the line of, "This is an autobiography, not a book on the arts." I would completely disagree. I'm a married musician, and a mother of three kids, so I was thrilled to find another family who is living the creative life together. My husband, like Gungor, is an analytical introvert. Like Lisa Gungor, I'm the one who will all-too-often say "nipple" in church and just laugh my head off while Brother-So-and-So turns beet red. I felt such a joy in seeing that his family struggled with cultural, faith, and financial questions while still being true to their calling and their Creator. Reading their story let me know that I'm not alone, that this path can be walked with kids alongside as "road-warriors," and that creative people can contribute to both the arts and the faith without compromising values with either side.
That being said, there was one aspect of the book that bothered me: Gungor frequently warns believers that the "Us-Vs-Them" mentality foisted upon us by many fundamentalists is damaging and counter-productive. He gave an emotionally gripping example of what happens when that mentality is taken to its logical conclusion--a step-by-step tour of holocaust gas chambers. Gungor is *right.Read more ›
"Art, along with all work is the ordering of creation toward the intention of the creator."
"Most of human creativity gets ignored for the genius that it is... Take sewer systems for example..."
As a Christian who happens to be a Filmmaker it has been easy for me to slip into a dogmatic perspective of my creativity. But Michael, through humility and vulnerability in sharing his own story removes the vail from the mystery that is our Creator's intent for our existence.
This book was exactly what I needed! It helped me realize where I was producing for the wrong reasons, and set my feet back on solid ground from which now I can truly create! I was extremely blessed through Michael's wisdom and insight. And if he were ever to read this review, I would say, "Thank You". -Matt Short, Executive Producer of Bokeh FX
"Whether or not we create is not up to us. We are human, and creating is what we do. Every interaction, movement, and decision is creativity at work."
"Burnout is what happens when you try to avoid being human for too long. It's awful-like the blood has been drained from your body, the breath emptied from your lungs. Still, the world is obstinate in its demands. Produce! Perform! You just ...can't...get air, but they keep telling you to sing, and they expect it to be in tune."
A few months before the release of the book, Michael Gungor posted an opportuniy for people to review the book before the release date. A few years ago, I co-wrote a book called carried. and since then, I have occasionally had opportunities to review other book releases such as Mark Batterson's, Primal, and Blake Mycoskie's, Start something that matters. I submitted a request for Gungor's new book and received an advance copy from the marketing agency. Personally, I have always been inspired and challenged by Michael Gungor's music, live show, dialogue, and provocative blog posts, so I was more then thrilled to dive right into the book.
The digital copy of the book arrived at an interesting season in my life. My band, Willet, just started a 2 month nationwide tour as the supporting act for Family Force 5 & Disciple (strangely enough, "Willet" is the last name of my 2 brothers and I that make up the band...what's up with people using their last name for band names, i.e.; "Gungor"?) We were coming right off of a 2 week Florida tour, which was preceded by a full summer festival tour, a tour in London, and were about to hit the road for another 2 months living out of a van and trailer. Needless to say, "burnout" was a word that I could relate to.Read more ›
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I found this book to be profound and wise. Many times I felt as though it was written for me. If you've ever struggled with allowing your art to emerge in a raw and honest way,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Haley Hadduck
Such a good read. Michael's vulnerability gives freedom to the creative process. His honesty about the subculture he finds himself in is also refreshing. Highly recommended.Published 4 months ago by Strumpeltooth
I enjoyed reading this book. It structures the thirst for creative streak without doing away with the real purpose of creativity... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Karl Galea
I really enjoyed this book. Excellent stories and thoughts for creative souls. If creativity is your profession or hobby you will enjoy.Published 16 months ago by Lowell & Judy Walden
it took me some time to get through this book.......I am very glad that I finished it though. The last four or five chapters are probably the most beneficial in terms of guides to... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Joe
This book opened my eyes and my heart to embrace a calling that was in me to create. Everyone should read this book. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon customer
Liked it at first but it got too graphic in unnecessary ways. We kept pushing past some things we didnt like but ended up throwing the book away due to some of the content.Published 23 months ago by Lory Lankford