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Scribbling in the Sand: Christ and Creativity Paperback – October 3, 2004
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"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." (CBA Marketplace)
"Art matters. Card takes it one step further, clarifying that art matters―and even draws us nearer―to God." (PRISM)
"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." (CCM Magazine)
"Stunning . . . Like Card's other books, this is profoundly biblical, teasing out fresh interpretations of Scripture through deep interaction with the text." (Publishers Weekly, starred review (June 11, 2002))
"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." (Larry Crabb, author of Inside Out)
"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." (Max Lucado, author)
"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." (D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School)
"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." (Calvin Miller, author of The Singer Trilogy)
Top Customer Reviews
I've enjoyed Michael Card's music for my entire life and had the privilege of attending one of his concerts and meeting him in person last month. He, and his music, have been a huge inspiration for me as a novelist. Despite having spent almost half of my young life deep in the world of writing, I've rarely read any books on the creativity as a whole - mostly I stick to works the pertain only to the world of writing. It was interesting to step out of my norm and read this book. "Scribbling in the Sand" was an overview of how a christian artist should view creativity and how it is a gift from God, but it's not what should define us.
Overall I found the book to be encouraging and I agreed with a fair amount of what was shared. Mr. Card's descriptive writing style was engaging and I enjoyed it enough to almost bump the rating up to four stars. Sadly, the concepts that he was sharing were a bit ambiguous to my brain, although that's probably my fault as I tend to read rather quickly.
I do hope to re-read this book in the future and think there are some very helpful concepts within the pages.
I feel that the way the book is listed is confusing and a couple of other people in our small group who ordered the book had the same problem.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is such an awesome book for anyone who wants to develop their talent. Christ is the way. Michael Card gives such an insightful and powerful account of what he has learned is... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Gail Cavanaugh
Great book full of anointing and wisdom. Card's done it once again . Bless all those who read it. ;-)Published on February 4, 2014 by Joseph Bowens
When we come to understand how Jesus is drawing us into an ever deepening and vibrant relationship with Him, only then willI come to appreciate what God is doing through whatever... Read morePublished on October 27, 2013 by Bob B.
Used this book for a college class. I enjoyed every minute of reading. I would recommend it for anyone. Thanks!Published on September 29, 2013 by Cory Perkins