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Scribbling in the Sand: Christ and Creativity [Paperback]

By Michael Card (Author)
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Overview
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.

Publishers Description
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 that the real question is why. It was not the content that mattered but why he did it. Unexpected. Irritating. Creative." (From chapter one) 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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Item Specifications...


Studio: InterVarsity Press
Pages   166
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.36" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.53"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 3, 2004
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
Edition  Student/Stdy Gde  
ISBN  0830832548  
ISBN13  9780830832545  


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More About Michael Card


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! MICHAEL CARD is an award-winning musician, performing artist, and songwriter. His many songs include "El Shaddai" and "Immanuel." He has also written numerous books, including A Violent Grace, The Parable of Joy, and A Fragile Stone. A graduate of Western Kentucky University with a bachelor's and master's degree in biblical studies, Card is currently at work on a Ph.D. in classical literature. Michael lives in Tennessee with his wife and four children.

Michael Card currently resides in Franklin, in the state of Tennessee. Michael Card was born in 1957.

Michael Card has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Biblical Imagination
  2. Daylight Bible Studies
  3. Daywind Soundtracks
  4. IVP Classics
  5. Quiet Times for the Heart


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1Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Self-Help > Creativity
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Christian Living > General
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Christian Living
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > New Testament > Study


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Reviews - What do customers think about Scribbling in the Sand: Christ and Creativity?

Confusing Listing  Oct 27, 2009
The book is fine; however the way it was listed on the site was a problem. I typed in Scribbling in the Sand and thought that what I was purchasing was the book. Actually, only the workbook showed up and I didn't see the "fine" print indicating it was a workbook (when I wanted the actual book , not the workbook). So I ended up incorrectly ordering the workbook. After receiving the workbook, and realizing my error,I had to order the book and spend more money.
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.
 
An inspiring look at creativity  May 19, 2009
Michael Card does a great job at discussing God-given creativity, especially in the context of the arts (with an understandable leaning toward music). He speaks more of the necessity and wonder of creativity than giving a "how to," and makes a discussion of beauty a central theme. Perhaps one of the best chapters comes toward the end, where he collects letters from several insightful individuals on their own attitudes toward creativity in God's service--"worth the price of the book," as they say.
 
Deep waters for the artist  May 3, 2005
When I read this book, I loved the ideas more than the excecution of them, in the literary sense. I guess I expected it to be more eloquent, with better excegetics, but I realized that it was not needed.

Some times as a painter, I would keep working on a painting too long, and really make it worse than better. What I was looking for was not needed, it would have muddied the colors Michael was trying to communicate to us.

Thanks for giving us your thoughts, and being willing to share those of others with us in the persuit of excellence in our gifts.
 
Much More Than Just Scribbling...  Jan 25, 2005
Why should a doctor who can't carry a tune in a bucket and can't draw a stick figure love a book about the nature of art and creativity written by a musician? But I fell in love with this book from the first chapter, for it beautifully and eloquently puts forth a vision of Christianity that everyone needs to hear and embrace. As Larry Crabb describes the book, "Every Christian needs to meditate on Michael Card's message...the result will be a thrilling release of the Spirit from depths you hadn't before realized were there.." I had the pleasure of hearing Michael discuss the themes of this book in a coffee-house: he is a humble and wise servant of Christ, and his writing reflects it.
 
Get it for the letters...  Jan 20, 2005
I have to admit, I was somewhat disappointed with Scribbling in the Sand at first... It's not that there was anything wrong with the book, but it struck me as being longer than it needed to be for what it had to say. The book had many good things to say, but it felt like a light read, and I was hoping for something more deep and incisive.

Then, however, I ran across the chapter with letters from various artists and theologians, and it provided just what I was looking for. They were a great contrast with Michael Card's simpler writing about faith and art, rounding out the content of the book with some insightful and challenging thoughts on art as worship.

All in all, this is a good book for someone new to the topic of the intersection of art and Christian faith, and the letters especially are worth reading and re-reading.
 

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